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Trinidad cyclist reaches 2012 semis

CYCLING FOR A PLACE IN THE FINAL: Njisane Phillip

NJISANE PHILLIPS' sensational cycling run at the Olympics continued today as he reached the semi-final stage of the men’s sprint. The Trinidad and Tobago rider will now take on Team GB’s Jason Kenny for a place in the final.

The 21-year-old hit headlines yesterday after he recorded the biggest win of his professional career, beating Robert Forstemann of Germany to reach the last eight.

Today, he overcame another top international opponent in Russian ace Denis Dmitriev after a 2-0 win. However, Kenny will prove another tough test for Trinidad’s sole representative in the Velodrome.

The 24-year-old, who was selected instead of 2008 Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, already has one gold at London 2012 as part of the team sprint and he set an Olympic record time of 9.713s in sprint qualifying.

Phillip, who emigrated to the United States of America when he was nine years old and was eligible to represent America, opted to race for his home country.

He achieved gold in the Pan American Track Cycling Championships in Argentina earlier this year. His race against Kenny takes place tomorrow (August 6) from 16.00.

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