Australia's Jordan Kerby celebrates after winning the men's individual pursuit final at the World Track Cycling championships in Hong Kong, Friday, April 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Australia's Jordan Kerby celebrates after winning the men's individual pursuit final at the World Track Cycling championships in Hong Kong, Friday, April 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Kin Cheung

Kerby won't defend his world title

HERVEY Bay product Jordan Kerby shocked the world to win the men's world individual pursuit title in Hong Kong in 2017, but he won't return to defend his title.

Cycling Australia named a four-person team for the 2018 UCI Track World Championships, which will be held in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, from February 28 to March 4.

But Kerby, who rode the third-fastest time in history during qualifying, was not included.

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In the time since the Xavier Catholic College alumni beat 21-year-old Italian Filippo Ganna in 4min 17.068sec to win the individual pursuit world title, the 25-year-old's focus has switched to both this year's Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The reason is simple: the individual pursuit is not an Olympic event.

His team pursuit career started with a gold medal at the Oceania Track Championships.

Australia's squad for the Track Worlds features proven performers Stephanie Morton, Matthew Glaetzer, Cameron Meyer, and Callum Scotson.

Cycling Australia said the decision for the smaller squad was that it was in line with CA's High Performance Strategy, in which the Commonwealth Games has been set as the benchmark event of the year, rather than Track Worlds.

It was a one-off decision, as the 2019/2020 Track Worlds are part of Olympic qualification.

Click here for CA's official announcement.



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