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Shane Perkins has won an Olympic bronze medal for Australia in the London 2012 cycling sprint final. The Aussie received shouts of encouragement from spectators in the Velodrome.

Commonwealth champion Perkins beat Njisane Nicholas Phillip of Trinidad to claim his bronze medal.

Perkins has been on good form and comfortably defeated the America’s Jimmy Watkins 2-0 in his men's sprint quarter-final on Sunday. The Australian cyclist was also part of the men's sprint team that finished fourth, just half a second behind Team GB, which took gold.

Perkins represented Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in his hometown, Melbourne and became the youngest ever Australian cyclist to win a medal at the event.

He rode for his country and won gold in the Men's individual sprint event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

London 2012: Olympic cycling bronze for Australia as Shane Perkins wins sprint final
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