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Lewis Oliva powers his way to Keirin gold medal

Cardiff University medical student crowned National Champion after a close race

By James Lloyd

Cardiff University student and cycling sensation Lewis Oliva stormed to keirin glory last weekend at the 2017 HSBC UK National Track Championships.

Oliva, riding for Team USN, had to hold off a late Matt Rotherham charge to sneak the gold medal.

Not only did Oliva seal a national title, he was also crowned the coveted Athlete of the Week.

Cycling President Jazz Jones submitted the Athlete of the Week nomination for Oliva and shed light on her teammate and fellow student.

She said: “Lewis’ knowledge and experience as well has his fun-loving, humorous mannerisms make him an excellent addition to the team.

“He has big legs and a big heart, super speedy and a super nice guy. Lewis is the club powerhouse and the club are chuffed to have him on board and we can’t wait to see him representing us wearing his CURCT socks at the LA World Cup in February.

“We wish the best of luck to Lewis in his next few races and we will be watching and supporting him all the way.”

Oliva is a first year medical student and has enjoyed a successful cycling career to date. From Monmouthshire, Oliva has been part of the Great Britain cycling team since 2008, but has since stepped down since enrolling at Cardiff University.

He is the current British sprint champion and has won medals at both the European Championships and World Cup events.

The 24 year-old represented Wales at two Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014, and added to his 1st place in the keirin, Oliva also cycled his way to a 3rd place in the Sprint championships.

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