Nicholas Paul finished ninth overall in the sprint as the Hong Kong leg of the UCI World Cup series concluded yesterday.

World record holder Paul got as far as the 1/8 finals before he was stopped by Japanese rider Tomoyuki Kawabata, while colleague Keron Bramble did not make it past the Flying 200 qualifying round.

In that qualifying round, Paul was the fifth fastest after clocking 9.766 seconds. Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands topped the field in 9.513. Bramble, meanwhile, was 32nd with his time of 10.143. Paul, however moved forward to the 1/16 finals where he got past Callum Saunders of New Zealand. But Paul could not find the extra gear against the Japanese Tomoyuki.

The event was eventually won by Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen who beat team-mate Hoogland over three rides.

The T&T riders will now move on to New Zealand for the Cambridge leg of the World Cup this week, having also placed eighth in the team sprint, and seen Kwesi Browne fail to get past the first round in the keirin.

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