The Final session of a packed World Cup programme in London saw the conclusion of both Omnium competitions, the Men’s Sprint and the Women’s Keirin. Some fantastic racing – particularly in the latter stages of a fantastic sprint competition – kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.

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The Final Session of the World Cup started with the Men’s Sprint Semi Finals. Heat 1 put Archibald of New Zealand against Puerta of Colombia. In race 1 of the heat Puerta of Colombia took the win and this continued into race two as he won again guaranteeing himself a place in the gold medal ride off as Archibald would race for the bronze. Heat 2 featured Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands and Venezuelan rider Hersony Canelon. In the first race it was the Dutch rider Hoogland that took the win. In race 2 Canelon fought back and got the win forcing a third run to decide who would ride for the gold medal against Puerta of Colombia. The third race between the pair saw Hoogland take another win and get himself a place in the gold medal ride off.

Men’s Sprint Semi Finals Winners

Fabian Hernando PUERTA ZAPATA Colombia

Jeffrey HOOGLAND Netherlands

Matthew ARCHIBALD HPS

Hersony CANELON Venezuela

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Next up was the Final Event of the Women’s Omnium, the 25km Points Race. Laura Trott lead going into this final event on a score of 186 points with Belgian rider D’Hoore in second position on 172 and Wild of the Netherlands with 164 in third position overall. The first sprint saw Sharakova of Belarus gain 5 points, Mejias of Cuba gain 3, and King of Australia gain 2 and the remaining 1 point went to Wild of the Netherlands.

The second sprint saw Trott collecting 2 points while D’Hoore picks up 3. Trott still lead on 188 over D’Hoore’s 175. Trebaite won sprint 2 to gain 5 points but lied in 21st place on the Omnium leader board. King of Australia picks up the remaining one point and sat in fourth position on 151 points. Sprint number three sees Romanyuta pick up 5 points, Diderikson pick up 3, Cucinotta 2 and Arreola the remaining one point, causing no change in the top seven places on the leader board.

The fourth sprint of the race saw Cuba’s Mejias score 5, Valente of the USA score 3, Somnet of Malaysis gain 2 and Diao of Hong Kong gain 1 point. Trott still lead on 188 over D’Hoore of Belgium on 175 and Wild of the Netherlands on 165. In sprint number 5 Sharakova of Belarus won 5 points and Olaberria, Diderikson, and Sheath collected 3, 2 and one point respectively  Again this caused no change in the top 7 places on the leader board.

Over half way into the race, the sixth sprint saw fourth placed overall King of Australia gain one point and raise her score to 152 to remain in 4th position. 5 points went to Arreola of Mexico, 3 went to Ryan of Ireland and 2 to Somnet of Malaysia however these riders were all outside of the top 15 on the leader board so did not affect the top positions. Ryan, Somnet and Arreola all gain 20 points for gaining a lap on the field moving Somnet up to 15th overall with Ryan and Arreola at 21st and 20th positions.

D’Hoore took the 5 points in sprint number 7 and closes Trott’s overall lead down to 8 points. Diderikson takes 3, Wild takes 2 to move her up to third overall and King gains the remaining point to sit fourth overall. Sprint number 8 saw Russia’s Romanyuta win the 5 points, Sharakova win 3, King get 2 and Sheath of New Zealand got the remaining point.

Trott still led on 188 points ahead of D’Hoore’s 180. D’Hoorne tried to attack but Trott quickly bridged the gap and then took 5 points in sprint number 8 with D’Hoore taking 1 point. Trott was on 193 points over D’Hoorne’s 181 with only one sprint to go. The final sprint saw no change in the top 9 places on the leader board as Trott wins gold in the Omnium from D’Hoorne and Wild.

Women’s Omnium Overall Result’s

GOLD Laura TROTT Great Britain
SILVER Jolien D’HOORE Belgium
BRONZE Kirsten WILD Netherlands

4 Isabella KING Australia
5 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA Cuba
6 Jennifer VALENTE USA
7 Malgorzata WOJTYRA Poland
8 Amalie DIDERIKSEN Denmark
9 Laurie BERTHON France
10 Anna KNAUER Germany
11 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA Belarus
12 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Spain
13 Annalisa CUCINOTTA Italy
14 Lucie ZALESKA Czech Republic
15 Jupha SOMNET Malaysia
16 Evgeniya ROMANYUTA Russia
17 Xiao Juan DIAO Hong Kong
18 Sofia ARREOLA Mexico
19 Racquel SHEATH New Zealand
20 Sakura TSUKAGOSHI Japan
21 Caroline RYAN Ireland
22 Yuanyuan TIAN China
23 Ausrine TREBAITE Lithuania

The Men’s Sprint race for 5th to 8th place came up next. Dawkin’s lead out the race with Shurshin coming over the top with Botticher taking the win getting 5th place, Dawkins getting 6th with Shurshin in 7th and Forstemann in 8th.

Men’s Sprint for
5th to 8th positions Results

5 Stefan BOTTICHER Germany
6 Edward DAWKINS New Zealand
7 Nikita SHURSHIN Russia
8 Robert FORSTEMANN Germany

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Round 2 of the Women’s Keirin was next up in proceedings. Heat 1 Saw Ismayilova of Azerbaijan take on Lee of Hong Kong, Krupeckaite of Lithuania, Lee of Korea and Guo and Junhong of China. Guo of China took the wheel of the derny. As the derny pulled off the riders looked at one another until Guo opened up the sprint. She took the win ahead of Hong Kong’s Lee and Korea’s Lee. They all progressed to the finals.

Heat two featured Great Britain’s rider Jess Varnish who faced Zhong of China, Montauban of France, Kristina Vogel from Germany, Anna Meares of Australia and Russia’s Gnidenko. Montauban took the wheel of the derny with Meares behind her. Jess Varnish sat fourth wheel. As the sprint opened up it was Meares who came over the top as Montauban of France crashes out. Vogel takes the win from Zhong of China and Russia’s Gnidenko who all go through to the finals. Varnish of Great Britain was out.  However Varnish was given third position as Gnidenko was relegated for causing a crash for Montauban.

Women’s Keirin Round 2 Qualifiers

1 Shuang GUO – China
2 Wai Sze LEE – Hong Kong
3 Hyejin LEE – Korea

1 Kristina VOGEL – Germany
2 Tianshi ZHONG – China
3 Jessica VARNISH – Great Britain

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The next event up was the Finals of the Men’s Sprint competition. Riding for the bronze medal was Archibald of New Zealand and Canelon of Venezuela. The first run saw contact between the pair as Canelon attempted to come over the top of Archibald. Run number two saw a reverse with Canelon taking the win meaning the bronze medal would be decided by a third ride.

The third ride saw Archibald the Kiwi rider open up the sprint with Canelon coming over the top to take the win and take the bronze medal for Venezuela.

The Gold medal was to be raced for by Puerta of Colombia and Hoogland of the Netherlands. Run 1 between the pair saw Puerta lead out the race and take the win whereas in the second run Hoogerland took the win again forcing a third race. The deciding race finished in the favour of Hoogland as he takes the Gold medal and forced Puerta into the Silver medal spot.

Men’s Sprint Finals Results

GOLD Jeffrey HOOGLAND Netherlands
SILVER Fabian Hernando PUERTA ZAPATA Colombia

BRONZE Hersony CANELON Venezuela
4 Matthew ARCHIBALD HPS

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The final event of the Men’s Omnium came next. The 40km Points Race determined the winner of the Omnium Competition overall. Gaviria lead on 186 over Law of Australia on 162 and Veldt and Lea both on 156. An attack from Kluge goes on the attack straight from the start gun causing the field to split to small groups.

The first sprint saw Kluge take the 5 points with Mora of Spain gaining three, Boudat of France getting 2 and De Buyst of Belgium getting the remaining 1 point. The bunch re-joined after the sprint. Dibben sat in sixth position overall. Mexico’s Sarabia went on the attack but lied in 19th position so posed no threat to the leaders. He took the win of the second sprint gaining 5 points with Gumerov, Gate, Boudat and De Buyst getting the remaining 3, 2, and 1 points. The third sprint saw Pedersen win 5 points, Gaviria get 3, Kuboki get 2 and Dibben of Great Britain getting the last point.  Gaviria still lead with 189 points over Law on 162 and Veldt and Lea both on 156.

The fourth sprint saw Sarabia of Mexico get 5 points, Boudat get 3, Lea of the USA get 2 and Scott Law getting the final point. Lea moved up to third position overall as Veldt dropped to fourth. The fifth sprint of the race saw Liu of China win followed by Kuboki, Gaviria and Mora. Gaviria extends his lead over Law to 28 points. Spanopoulos went on the attack with Manakov of Russia. Monteiro and Gate chase as 5 points go to Manakov in sprint 6 with Spanapoulos getting 3, Manteiro getting two and Gate getting the remaining point.

Sprint seven saw Dibben attack of the front of the bunch with Cheung of Hong Kong gaining the maximum 5 points from Monteiro, Gate and Kuboki. Dibben sits on the front with one lap to go until sprint 8. Dibben takes 5 points on the line with Lea getting 3, Gaviria getting 2 and Law getting the last point. Great Britain’s Jon Dibben sits sixth overall. Kuboki and Boudat cross the line ahead of the field with Boudat getting 5 points, Kuboki 3, Aaron Gate 2 and Beer of Switzerland getting the remaining point.

The race re-joined after sprint 9. De Buyst went on the attack gaining five points in sprint 10 with Cheung of Hong Kong getting 3, Mora of Spain getting 2 and Law from Australia getting the last point. Once again the group reassembles. Gate and Manacov break free of the bunch with Ahiyevich and Cheung.

Sprint 11 saw Manakov win from Ahiyevich, gate and Cheung. The quartet of Manacov, Ahiyevich, gate and Cheung each gain 20 points for laping the field moving Gate up to 6th position, with Dibben dropping to 7th overall. Sprint 12 saw Swiss rider Beer take the win from Sarabia of Mexico, Lea of the US and Law of Australia. Sarabia of Mexico sat ahead of the bunch up to the 13th sprint but Dibben attacks and takes 5 points on the line from Pedersen, Law and Gate as Sarabia is swallowed up by the bunch.

Dibben crashed as Kluge gained 5 points in the 14th sprint from Gate, Law and Lea. Dibben re-joined the race unhurt and still lying in seventh overall. Russia’s Manakov wins sprint 15
gaining 5 points with De Buyst getting 3, Kluge 2 and Law of Australia getting 1 point. The break of four riders are chased by Pedersen and Gaviria as they take the final sprint with Pedersen crossing the line first ahead of Manakov and Cheung. Dibben finishes the Omnium in seventh position overall. Gaviria wins on 197 over Law with 171 and Lea on 164. 

Men’s Omnium Overall Results

GOLD – Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON – Colombia
SILVER – Scott LAW – Australia
BRONZE – Bobby LEA – USA

4 Tim VELDT – Netherlands
5 Thomas BOUDAT – EUC
6 Aaron GATE – New Zealand
7 Jonathan DIBBEN – Great Britain
8 Jasper DE BUYST – Belgium
9 Casper PEDERSEN – Denmark
10 King Lok CHEUNG – Hong Kong

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The Finals of the Women’s Keirin came up next. The riders in heat 1 fought for seventh to twelfth positions. Ismayilova got the wheel of the derny as Meares sat in fifth wheel. The sprint opened up and Montaban moved over the top with Krupeckaite following and taking the win from Meares with Montauban third over the line. Heat two saw the British hopeful Jess Varnish fight against Zhong, Vogel, Lee, Guo and Lee for the top six positions.

Jess Varnish takes second wheel behind Lee of Hong Kong. Zhong comes over the top as the sprint opens up. Vogel makes her move and comes over the top as Jess Varnish is boxed in, Guo challenges Vogel on the line and Guo takes the win from Vogel, Lee of Korea, Lee of Hong Kong with Varnish finishing fifth just ahead of Zhong.

Women’s Keirin Finals Results

GOLD –Shuang GUO – MSP
SILVER –Kristina VOGEL – Germany
BRONZE –Hyejin LEE – Korea

4 Wai Sze LEE Hong Kong
5 Jessica VARNISH Great Britain
6 Tianshi ZHONG China
7 Simona KRUPECKAITE Lithuania
8 Anna MEARES Team Jayco-Ais
9 Olivia MONTAUBAN France
10 Ekaterina GNIDENKO Russia
11 Olga SMAYILOVAAZE Azerbaijan
12 Lin JUNHONG SLY

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