• Cameron Meyer celebrates his gold medal win in the men's point race at the 2017 UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong last night (Getty)Source: Getty
It was a golden day at the Hong Kong Velodrome for Cameron Meyer and Jordan Kerby with Stephanie Morton and Amy Cure also adding to the Aussie medal haul.
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15 Apr 2017 - 9:10 AM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2017 - 9:15 AM

It was Meyer's fourth points world title and eighth rainbow jersey, his seventh coming the previous day in the men's team pursuit after a five-year absence from the worlds' podium. 

"It's been a pretty full on 48 hours and I loved it," Meyer said. 

"I'm back to what I love doing and to win two rainbow jerseys in my first proper season back on the track... I'm over the moon." 

Meyer, known for his masterful tactics in the points race took four of the first eight sprints, taking him to the lead after the halfway mark of the 160 lap race. Then he unleashed the beast, taking a lap and twenty points to sit in a commanding lead he never looked like losing.  

But just to make sure, he took the penultimate and final sprints with all their points. 

"They're never easy, 2012 was the last one and I only won that by one point,” said Meyer who finished on 76 points, 36 ahead of De Ketele and Poland’s Wojciech Pszczolarski tied on 40.

"I knew I'd go out there as probably one of the favourites and it was about keeping calm, I've been in this situation before and it was just trying to be confident that I knew in the last half of the race I could be the strongest bike rider. It planned out the way I said."

Commissaires stopped Jordan Kerby's individual pursuit race-off for gold against Italian Filippo Ganna four laps in because of a timing malfunction, the Queenslander posting a time of 4:17.068 in the re-run. The Australian who posted the world's third fastest time ever in qualifying (4:12.172) said the stoppage affected his pace.

"If I'm going to do something I'm going to do it properly,” he said. “4:12 I never thought I'd do that, we came to Hong Kong a week before and I was doing similar efforts to home and they were all two and three seconds quicker.

"I can't say the same for the final, not even sure what happened there but they re-started us and Filippo and I both did a kilometre full gas and the gun went off twice, so a bit of a shock to the system.

"It definitely wasn't the most fun pursuit I've ever done ... I was just trying to hold on."

Kerby may be on track worlds debut but he's earned the phrase 'comeback kid' after a seven-year absence from track cycling. Riding for the Drapac continental team from 2014 to 2016, Kerby took back to the track last October on the new Brisbane velodrome with the Australian national titles in March a goal.

"If you spoke to me three or four months ago, I wouldn't even think to be here in the first place. 

"I was sitting in an apartment in Girona watching the Rio Games and at the same time I was made aware I was going to lose my contract with Drapac and I was watching and thinking 'it would be great to go back and just have a go'.

“See in this sport you can go through some terrible lows and something like this happens it just erases everything, it's amazing, I can't explain how good it feels. Getting here was a bonus and winning is just surreal.”

At the nationals, Kerby conquered Meyer and Kelland O'Brien in the men's individual pursuit. 18-year-old O'Brien again took the third step on the podium behind Kerby, posting a personal best of 4:15.794 in qualifying, his 4:16.909 enough to take the bronze, a fine accompaniment to his rainbow jersey on debut in the men's team pursuit. 

Amy Cure continued the endurance team's success with a bronze in the women's omnium, going down by just eight points to Britain's Katie Archibald.

Germany's Kristina Vogel and Olympic champion was just too good for Stephanie Morton in the final of the women's sprint, losing 2-0. But the South Australian felt lucky to make the world championships after crashing heavily in the national women's keirin final in March. 

“I am pretty stoked to be here to be honest. But they said I wouldn’t make it any worse so it took lots of strapping, and a case of ‘grit your teeth’ and see how much pain you could take.

“So if you told me five weeks ago when I was lying on the floor at the Brisbane velodrome that I would have made two world championship finals at Worlds, I would have said you were crazy.”