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UCI Track World Championships 2011 – Day 4

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The Penultimate day at the World Track Championships in Apeldoorn provided some of the best racing so far – and a home win, at last, for Marianne Vos in the Women’s Scratch Race. Also a long time coming – Australia finally has a Women’s Sprint champion in Anna Meares. And a Men’s Keirin Champion in Shane Perkins. And a Men’s Omnium Champion in Michael Freiberg… It was one of those days….

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Men’s Keirin 1st Round

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After the drama of yesterday’s Sprint Semi Finals, the draw for the Men’s Keirin threw Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny together again in Heat One. This time it was the Scot who got one over on his younger team mate, holding station of the back of the pack as New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins lead the race out, then charging through, past Dawkins and Kenny, who had they lead by that point. Hoy was through to Round 2; Kenny was in the repechages.

Max Levy of Germany – winner of the JKA Invitational Keirin at the World Cup meeting in Manchester four weeks ago – edged out Spain’s Juan Peralta, who was the inadvertent architect of the accident in the World Cup Keirin in the same meeting that resulted in Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia picking up a 9 inch splinter in his calf and missing out on the World Championships. Awang’s team mate Josiah Ng joined Peralta in the draw for the reps.

Heat three saw local hero and 2005 Keirin World Champion Teun Mulder through ahead of Australia’s Shane Perkins and team mate and Revolution regular Roy van den Berg. Are we the only ones that see the irony in a track sprinter whose name means ‘King of the Mountain’?

Heat Four contained, on paper, three potential medalists – Australia’s Scott Sunderland, François Pervis of France and Greta Britain’s Ross Edgar – but it was another Malaysian, 2009 Kilo Bronze medalist Mohd Rizal Tisin who led the race out. Tisin was swamped in the closing stages and it was Sunderland who took it on the line.

The penultimate heat was won in some style by Great Britain’s Matt Crampton, who joined Hoy in Round 2. The Final automatic qualifier was Mickaël Bourgain – who looked comfortable, and fully recovered from both the exertions and the disaappointment of his Bronze medal battle with Hoy the previous evening.

1 Chris HOY GBR
2 Jason KENNY GBR
3 Edward DAWKINS NZL
4 Kazunari WATANABE JPN
5 Sergey BORISOV RUS

1 Maximilian LEVY GER
2 Juan PERALTA GASCON ESP
3 Francesco CECI ITA
4 Josiah NG ONN LAM MAS
5 Kota ASAI JPN

1 Teun MULDER NED
2 Shane PERKINS AUS
3 Puerta Zapata FABIAN HERNANDO COL
4 Roy VAN DEN BERG NED
5 Christos VOLIKAKIS GRE

1 Scott SUNDERLAND AUS
2 François PERVIS FRA
3 Hersony Gadiel CANELON VERA VEN
4 Adrian TEKLINSKI POL
5 Mohd TISIN Rizal MAS
6 Ross EDGAR GBR

1 Matthew CRAMPTON GBR
2 Rene ENDERS GER
3 Jason NIBLETT AUS
4 Qi TANG CHN
5 Angel Ramiro PULGAR ARAUJO VEN
6 Kamil KUCZYNSKI POL

1 Mickaël BOURGAIN FRA
2 Denis SPICKA CZE
3 Simon VAN VELTHOOVEN NZL
4 Scott MULDER CAN
5 Tsubasa KITATSURU JPN
6 Adam PTACNIK CZE


Men’s Omnium Round IV – 4km Individual Pursuit

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Bryan Cocquard’s reign at the top of the Omnium standings lasted a little over 12 hours. By the end of the opening event of Day 2, the Individual Pursuit, the Frenchman had dropped to 8th place. His time of 4:45.636 was a full 20 seconds slower than the fastest time – 4:25.025 – set by Russia’s Alexey Markov. That performance lifted the Russian four places to 12th but Shane Archbold’s second place moved the New Zealander up to first place overall, just a point ahead of Australian Michael Freiberg.

1 Alexey MARKOV RUS 4:25.025
2 Shane ARCHBOLD NZL 4:25.826
3 Lasse Norman HANSEN DEN 4:28.693
4 Juan Esteban ARANGO CARVAJAL COL 4:30.002
5 Michael FREIBERG AUS 4:30.142
6 Eloy TERUEL ROVIRA ESP 4:30.642
7 Martyn IRVINE IRL 4:33.007
8 Gijs VAN HOECKE BEL 4:33.285
9 Tim VELDT NED 4:35.933
10 Zachary BELL CAN 4:36.301
11 Elia VIVIANI ITA 4:36.467
12 Ioannis TAMOURIDIS GRE 4:36.661
13 Ho Ting KWOK HKG 4:38.968
14 Samuel HARRISON GBR 4:39.497
15 Luis MANSILLA CHI 4:39.825
16 Alois KANKOVSKY CZE 4:41.121
17 Erik MOHS GER 4:42.622
18 Bobby LEA USA 4:44.086
19 Bryan COQUARD FRA 4:45.636
20 Vladimir TUYCHIEV UZB 4:47.395
21 Kazuhiro MORI JPN 4:53.909

Men’s Keirin Repechages

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Kenny made no mistake in the reps, bossing the race and taking the Second Round spot with room to spare. Jason Niblett of Australia joined fellow countryman Scott Sunderland in what are, effectively, the Semi Finals – and then Shane Perkins made it three Australians and three Britons through – another piece of evidence, if more was needed, that the arbitrary one-per-country rule imposed, not by the IOC but by ‘our own’ UCI – will deny Olympic audiences the chance to see the best in the world battle it out in London. Pervis, Enders and Dawkins ensured that the Semis wouldn’t be a complete red-and-white-and-blue-and-green-and-gold wash…

1 Jason KENNY GBR
2 Simon VAN VELTHOOVEN NZL
3 Ross EDGAR GBR
4 Qi TANG CHN
5 Mohd Rizal TISIN MAS

1 Jason NIBLETT AUS
2 Christos VOLIKAKIS GRE
3 Adrian TEKLINSKI POL
4 Juan PERALTA GASCON ESP
5 Kamil KUCZYNSKI POL

1 Shane PERKINS AUS
2 Hersony Gadiel CANELON VERA VEN
3 Kota ASAI JPN
4 Adam PTACNIK CZE
5 Roy VAN DEN BERG NED

1 François PERVIS FRA
2 Josiah NG ONN LAM MAS
3 Puerta Zapata FABIAN HERNANDO COL
4 Sergey BORISOV RUS

1 Rene ENDERS GER
2 Kazunari WATANABE JPN
3 Francesco CECI ITA
4 Tsubasa KITATSURU JPN

1 Edward DAWKINS NZL
2 Angel Ramiro PULGAR ARAUJO VEN
3 Scott MULDER CAN
REL Denis SPICKA CZE

Women’s Omnium Round I – Flying Lap

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The Women’s Omnium competition opened – as the men’s did with the Flying Lap, which threw up a couple of surprises. That Leire Oleberria won it wasn’t a huge shock, but Sarah Hammer’s relatively lowly 6th place was – as was Laura Trott’s 16th. Trott looked tired after her two phenomenal Team Pursuit efforts and her Omnium competition would get worse before it got better. Reigning World Champion Tara Whitten was well placed in 2nd and the hugely popular -in Apeldoorn, at least – Kirsten Wild kept local interest alive with 4th, just behing Cuban Marlies Mejias, who started early and led for much of the competition.

1 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO  ESP 14.469
2 Tara WHITTEN  CAN 14.691
3 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA  CUB 14.789
4 Kirsten WILD  NED 14.796
5 Min Hye LEE  KOR 14.914
6 Sarah HAMMER  USA 14.935
7 Malgorzata WOJTYRA  POL 14.960
8 Lisa BRENNAUER  GER 14.976
9 Joanne KIESANOWSKI  NZL 14.992
10 Evgenya ROMANYUTA  RUS 14.998
11 Amy CURE  AUS 15.052
12 Mei Yu HSIAO  TPE 15.070
13 Jolien D’HOORE  BEL 15.072
14 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA  BLR 15.131
15 Angie Sabrina GONZALEZ GARCIA  VEN 15.140
16 Laura TROTT  GBR 15.272
17 Maria Luisa CALLE WILLIAMS  COL 15.281
18 Pascale JEULAND  FRA 15.282
19 Pascale SCHNIDER  SUI 15.322
20 Xiao Juan DIAO  HKG 15.387
21 Jutatip MANEEPHAN  THA 15.436
22 Jarmila MACHACOVA  CZE 15.447
23 Vaida PIKAUSKAITE  LTU 16.051
24 Minami UWANO  JPN 16.837

Women’s Sprint Semi Finals

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After Meares commanding victory in the first race, it didn’t look like there was any way back for Pendleton, but she dug deep and rode a brilliant second race to tie up the heat. Sadly, Meares looked as dominant in the decider as she had in the first, despite appearing to have a potty on her head. Pendleton’s not far off, but there’s work to do before the circus comes to town next summer.

By contrast, Simona Krupeckaite is in the up slope. She took the first race with style, but Panarina stole the second on the line to set up another Semi Final decider. It was close again, but Krupeckaite would have the dubious pleasure of meeting Meares in the Final.

Race 1
1 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU
2 Olga PANARINA BLR

1 Anna MEARES AUS
2 Victoria PENDLETON GBR

Race 2
1 Olga PANARINA BLR
2 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU

1 Victoria PENDLETON GBR
2 Anna MEARES AUS

Race 3
1 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU
2 Olga PANARINA BLR

1 Anna MEARES AUS
2 Victoria PENDLETON GBR

Women’s Omnium Round II – 20km Points Race

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Tara Whitten slipped back a little after finishing eighth in the Omnium Points race. A fifth place for Kirsten Wild moves her up to the top of the leaderboard, just ahead of Malgorzata Wojtyra of Poland. Race winner Tatsiana Sharakova – winner of the ‘full’ Points race – only managed 14th in the Individual Pursuit, so is still some way off the lead.

1 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA  BLR 25
2 Amy CURE  AUS 21
3 Malgorzata WOJTYRA  POL 20
4 Maria Luisa CALLE WILLIAMS  COL 15
5 Kirsten WILD NED 12
6 Jarmila MACHACOVA  CZE 9
7 Pascale JEULAND  FRA 8
8 Tara WHITTEN  CAN 7
9 Angie GONZALEZ GARCIA  VEN 6
10 Pascale SCHNIDER  SUI 3
11 Sarah HAMMER  USA 3
12 Min Hye LEE KOR 3
13 Laura TROTT  GBR 3
14 Jolien D’HOORE  BEL 3
15 Lisa BRENNAUER  GER 3
16 Evgenya ROMANYUTA  RUS 2
17 Joanne KIESANOWSKI  NZL 2
18 OLABERRIA DORRONSORO ESP 2
19 Vaida PIKAUSKAITE  LTU 1
20 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA  CUB 0
21 Mei Yu HSIAO  TPE 0
22 Jutatip MANEEPHAN  THA 0
23 Xiao Juan DIAO  HKG 0
Minami UWANO  JPN DNF

Men’s Keirin 2nd Round

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Three Brits in Round 2; three Brits in Heat 1. That’s the way their luck seems to be going this week. Matthew Crampton again looked strong, muscling past Scott Sunderland  to take control of the race and holding on to win from Rene Enders of Germany and Chris Hoy. Would Hoy be able to end the week on a winning note?

As well as Enders, he’d have to face Shane Perkins, Eddie Dawkins and, to the delight of the home crowd, Teun Mulder. The only real surprise was that 2009 World Champion Max Levy failed to make it through.

1 Matthew CRAMPTON GBR
2 Rene ENDERS GER
3 Chris HOY GBR
4 Scott SUNDERLAND AUS
5 Jason KENNY GBR
6 François PERVIS FRA

1 Shane PERKINS AUS
2 Teun MULDER NED
3 Edward DAWKINS NZL
4 Maximilian LEVY GER
5 Jason NIBLETT AUS
REL Mickaël BOURGAIN FRA

Men’s Omnium Round V – 15km Scratch

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As the Men’s Omnium drew to a close, the medal race was starting to look a lot clearer. In a frantic and enthralling Scratch race, no fewer than seven riders lapped the field – most notable among them Michael Freiberg, who started the race one place and one point behind overall leader Shane Archbold. Wtih Archbold in 11th, Freiberg’s win gave him a healthy lead overall, although the remaining event – the Kilometre Time Trial – is an event Archbold loves.

The Bronze medal race is closer, with just two points between Elroy Teruel of Spain and Gijs van Hoecke of Belgium. The Belgian was looking very much the worse for wear after his crash with Sam Harrison in yesterday’s ElminationRace, but rode a good Indivisual Pursuit and took third in the Scratch.

1 Michael FREIBERG  AUS
2 Eloy TERUEL ROVIRA  ESP
3 Gijs VAN HOECKE  BEL
4 Alexey MARKOV  RUS
5 Ho Ting KWOK  HKG
6 Zachary BELL  CAN
7 Ioannis TAMOURIDIS  GRE
8 Elia VIVIANI ITA ­-1
9 Juan Esteban ARANGO CARVAJAL  COL ­-1
10 Vladimir TUYCHIEV  UZB ­-1
11 Shane ARCHBOLD  NZL ­-1
12 Bryan COQUARD  FRA ­-1
13 Luis MANSILLA  CHI ­-1
14 Martyn IRVINE  IRL ­-1
15 Tim VELDT NED ­-1
16 Lasse Norman HANSEN  DEN ­-1
17 Samuel HARRISON  GBR ­-1
18 Erik MOHS  GER ­-1
19 Kazuhiro MORI  JPN ­-1
DNF Bobby LEA USA ­-1
DNF Alois KANKOVSKY CZE ­-1

Women’s Omnium Round III – Elimination

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1 Evgenya ROMANYUTA  RUS
2 Joanne KIESANOWSKI  NZL
3 Kirsten WILD  NED
4 Tara WHITTEN  CAN
5 Sarah HAMMER  USA
6 Jutatip MANEEPHAN  THA
7 Pascale JEULAND  FRA
8 Malgorzata WOJTYRA  POL
9 Jolien D’HOORE  BEL
10 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA  CUB
11 Amy CURE  AUS
12 Lisa BRENNAUER  GER
13 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO  ESP
14 Angie Sabrina GONZALEZ GARCIA  VEN
15 Mei Yu HSIAO  TPE
16 Vaida PIKAUSKAITE  LTU
17 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA  BLR
18 Min Hye LEE  KOR
19 Laura TROTT  GBR
20 Pascale SCHNIDER  SUI
21 Jarmila MACHACOVA  CZE
22 Xiao Juan DIAO  HKG
23 Maria Luisa CALLE WILLIAMS  COL REL
Minami UWANO JPN DNS

Women’s Sprint Finals

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Krupeckaite is definitely looking more like the rider she was two years ago. She might have taken three rides to get to the Final, but she beat Panarina who had already taken the 500m Time Trial jersey earlier in the week and was in fine form herself. It had all the makings of a superb final. And, in a sense it was – as a demonstration of just how strong Anna Meares is. She utterly dominated both matches and became Australia’s first Women’s Sprint World Champion. January 26th is Australia Day; by the end of the evening, people were asking whether it might make sense to move it to March 26th…

Pendleton took the Bronze and looked happy. Indeed, she was the only competitor all week to look genuinely pleased with the souvenir clogs that were handed out with the flowers on the podium. Any shoes are good shoes, eh Vicky?

Race 1
1 Anna MEARES  AUS
2 Simona KRUPECKAITE  LTU

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1 Victoria PENDLETON  GBR
2 Olga PANARINA  BLR

Race 2
GOLD Anna MEARES  AUS
SILVER Simona KRUPECKAITE  LTU

BRONZE Victoria PENDLETON  GBR
4 Olga PANARINA  BLR

Men’s Keirin Final 1-6

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Matt Crampton and Chris Hoy appeared to have a plan. Crampton powered forward and Hoy from the back and jumped to take his wheel. Unfortunately, Shane Perkins saw it first and was better placed, slotting in between the two British riders with Teun Mulder on his shoulder. As they exited turn 4, Hoy followed Perkins past Crampton, but that was as far as he got. The Australian took their second Gold of the day, with Mulder taking the Bronze behind Hoy.

GOLD Shane PERKINS  AUS
SILVER Chris HOY  GBR
BRONZE Teun MULDER  NED

4 Matthew CRAMPTON  GBR
5 Rene ENDERS  GER
6 Edward DAWKINS  NZL

Men’s Keirin Final places 7-12

7 Scott SUNDERLAND  AUS
8 Jason NIBLETT  AUS
9 Mickaël BOURGAIN  FRA
10 Jason KENNY GBR
11 Maximilian LEVY  GER
12 François PERVIS  FRA

Men’s Omnium Final Kilometre Time Trial

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As expected, Shane Archbold won the Omnium Kilo comfortably, posting a time of 1:03.879, then had to wait to see what Freiberg could manage. It’s not his strongest event and at end of the first lap Freiberg was 14th – Archbold was leading overall by 4 points. At 500m, the Australian had moved up to 13th – Archbold was still looking at a Gold medal.  By 750m the accelerating Aussie had clawed his way up to 8th and into the lead by two points. Would he fade in the closing lap? No – he just kept on going, taking 6th in the Time Trial and securing another Gold for Australia.

1 Shane ARCHBOLD  NZL 1:03.879
2 Tim VELDT  NED 1:04.093
3 Samuel HARRISON  GBR 1:04.325
4 Juan Esteban ARANGO CARVAJAL  COL 1:04.338
5 Gijs VAN HOECKE  BEL 1:04.451
6 Michael FREIBERG  AUS 1:04.729
7 Bryan COQUARD  FRA 1:04.999
8 Martyn IRVINE  IRL 1:05.095
9 Zachary BELL  CAN 1:05.099
10 Lasse Norman HANSEN  DEN 1:05.349
11 Alois KANKOVSKY  CZE 1:05.499
12 Elia VIVIANI  ITA 1:05.598
13 Alexey MARKOV  RUS 1:05.696
14 Eloy TERUEL ROVIRA  ESP 1:06.007
15 Luis MANSILLA  CHI 1:06.568
16 Erik MOHS  GER 1:06.776
17 Ioannis TAMOURIDIS  GRE 1:06.911
18 Bobby LEA  USA 1:07.142
19 Ho Ting KWOK  HKG 1:09.
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20 Kazuhiro MORI  JPN 1:09.442
21 Vladimir TUYCHIEV  UZB 1:11.310

Men’s Omnium Overall Standing
1 Michael FREIBERG AUS 34
2 Shane ARCHBOLD NZL 38
3 Gijs VAN HOECKE BEL 41
4 Eloy TERUEL ROVIRA ESP 46
5 Juan Esteban ARANGO CARVAJAL COL 47
6 Zachary BELL CAN 52
7 Elia VIVIANI ITA 52
8 Bryan COQUARD FRA 56
9 Alexey MARKOV RUS 59
10 Martyn IRVINE IRL 62
11 Lasse Norman HANSEN DEN 63
12 Samuel HARRISON GBR 66
13 Luis MANSILLA CHI 67
14 Tim VELDT NED 69
15 Ioannis TAMOURIDIS GRE 73
16 Ho Ting KWOK HKG 86
17 Erik MOHS GER 87
18 Kazuhiro MORI JPN 101
19 Vladimir TUYCHIEV UZB 107
20 Bobby LEA USA 123
21 Alois KANKOVSKY CZE 128
22 Rafal RATAJCZYK POL DNF

Women’s 10km Scratch Final

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In one of the best races of the week so far, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands blew the roof off the velodrome, breaking away with Katherine Bates of Australia and pulling out a half lap lead with 8 laps to go. Young Dani King – already a Gold medalist with the Great Britain Team Pursuit squad – flew off the front of the bunch with 5 to go and closed down the breakaway duo, settling in for the last couple of laps before Vos flew off the front on the back straight to take the win. King couldn’t quite hold on to the experienced Bates and had to ‘settle’ for Bronze. She looked delighted.

1 Marianne VOS  NED
2 Katherine BATES  AUS
3 Danielle KING  GBR
4 Els BELMANS  BEL
5 Aksana PAPKO  BLR
6 Malgorzata WOJTYRA  POL
7 Giorgia BRONZINI  ITA
8 Anastasia CHULKOVA  RUS
9 Sofia ARREOLA NAVARRO  MEX
10 Lucie ZALESKA  CZE
11 Elke GEBHARDT  GER
12 Debora GALVEZ LOPEZ  ESP
13 Xiao Juan DIAO  HKG
14 Fatehah MUSTAPA  MAS
15 Jennie REED  USA
16 Alzbeta PAVLENDOVA SVK
17 Yoanka GONZALEZ PEREZ  CUB
18 Pascale JEULAND  FRA
19 Paola MUNOZ  CHI

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