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2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships; Day 5 Session 1 – 22 February 2015


Women’s Omnium IV – 500m Time Trial

Annette Edmondson of Australia was the quickest over 500m in last year’s omnium at the world championships, posting a fast 34.955 – some half a second ahead of Trott, her nearest competition on that day. A string of good performances in the event throughout the year will provide Edmondson with confidence going into the event, although both the Cuban rider, Marlies Mejias Garcia, and Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore have both demonstrated an impressive improvement in form in the recent World Cup.

The first 35 second times were clocked in the fifth heat: Tamara Balabolina of Russia rode 35.650, whilst Mejias Garcia crossed the line in 35.103 – with an exceptional first lap of 19.976. Both Trott and D’Hoore were unable to better these times with 35.814 and 35.675 respectively but it was the favourite for the event, Edmondson, cruised round to win the event in 35.064.

The results of the time trial meant Edmondson increased her lead, with Mejias Garcia in second and D’Hoore in third. Trott was now on the same points as Sharakova in fourth place.

Women’s Omnium IV – 500m Time Trial Results

1 Annette EDMONDSON (Australia) 35.064
2 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA (Cuba) 35.103
3 Tamara BALABOLINA (Russia) 35.650
4 Jolien D’HOORE (Belgium) 35.675
5 Laura TROTT (Great Britain) 35.814
6 Laurie BERTHON (France) 36.023
7 Anna KNAUER (Germany) 36.039
8 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO (Spain) 36.101
9 Malgorzata WOJTYRA (Poland) 36.181
10 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA (Belarus) 36.440

Women’s Omnium V – Flying Lap

The fifth event in the women’s omnium was the flying lap – an event which would again favour Edmondson and also Wild, who was currently lying in sixth place after performing below par in the 500m time trial.

Edmondson did indeed perform to the best of her potential, winning yet another event with a fast time of 14.024. Wild finished second in 14.116 – a time which was impacted by a fairly poor start. Trott took a valuable third place in 14.154 with D’Hoore just behind in 14.229. A disastrous start to her lap by Hammer saw her eventually cross the line in 14th place in 14.522 seconds – some way from her second place in the same event last year. Edmondson increased her lead further, with Trott now in medal contention.

Women’s Omnium V – Flying Lap Results

1 Annette EDMONDSON (Australia) 14.024
2 Kirsten WILD (Netherlands) 14.116
3 Laura TROTT (Great Britain) 14.154
4 Jolien D’HOORE (Belgium) 14.229
5 Anna KNAUER (Germany) 14.230
6 Marlies MEJIAS GARCIA (Cuba) 14.258
7 Xiao Juan DIAO (Hong Kong) 14.266
8 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO (Spain) 14.310
9 Laurie BERTHON (France) 14.339
10 Tatsiana SHARAKOVA (Belarus) 14.400

Women’s Keirin

First Round

Kristina Vogel (Germany) was the reigning world champion in the event, although had made it clear after her win in the women’s sprint the previous evening that she just planned to enjoy the event. She would once again have Anna Meares (Australia) as competition, who would be eager to take her eleventh world title which would crown her as the world’s most prolific women’s track cyclist in history. The Asian women would also once again be providing some veritable competition: Junhong Lin (China) won the Keirin event at the recent World Cup in Cali, Shuang Guo (China) has a string of world cup wins and national Keirin titles to her name and Wai Sze Lee is the reigning Asian champion in the event.

It was Lin who won the first heat, with Elena Brejniva (Russia) taking the second qualification spot to the second round. Reigning champion Vogel appeared resigned to the first round repechages and rolled across the line in last place.

Meares and Monique Sullivan (Canada) took the qualifying spots in the second heat, knocking sprint silver medallist, Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) and Miriam Welte (Germany) to the repechages. Guo could not repeat the fortunes of her Chinese teammate, Lin, in the third heat as she was pushed in the repechages, with sprint finalist Stephanie Morton (Australia) and Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands) taking the qualification spots.

Great Britain’s only representative, Jessica Varnish, was dispatched to the repechages in the fourth heat which was won decisively by Lee, with Tianshi Zhong taking the second qualification spot.

First Round Results

Heat 1

1 Junhong LIN (China) Q
2 Elena BREJNIVA (Russia) +0.028 Q
3 Hyejin LEE (Korea) +0.087
4 Melissa ERICKSON (United States) +0.199
5 Kristina VOGEL (Germany) +0.527

Heat 2

1 Anna MEARES (Australia) Q
2 Monique SULLIVAN (Canada) +0.017 Q
3 Juliana GAVIRIA (Colombia) +0.083
4 Ekaterina GNIDENKO (Russia) +0.377
5 Elis LIGTLEE (Netherlands) +0.525
6 Miriam WELTE (Germany) +1.168

Heat 3

1 Stephanie MORTON (Australia) Q
2 Shanne BRASPENNINCX (Netherlands) +0.069 Q
3 Shuang GUO (China) +0.087
4 Lisandra GUERRA RODRIGUEZ (Cuba) +0.319
5 Tania CALVO BARBERO (Spain) +0.362
6 Kanako KASE (Japan) +0.467

Heat 4

1 Wai Sze LEE (Hong Kong) Q
2 Tianshi ZHONG (China) +0.068 Q
3 Fatehah MUSTAPA (Malaysia) +0.141
4 Jessica VARNISH (Great Britain) +0.386
5 Simona KRUPECKAITE (Lithuania) +0.390
6 Olivia MONTAUBAN (France) +0.563

First Round Repechages

The repechages turned out to be a messy affair: Varnish had a dreams of a world title dashed when she was relegated from the first round for riding on the blue. Her heat was won by Lee of Korea.

Guerra Rodriguez took the qualifying spot from the second repechage heat, whilst Guo triumphed in the third heat, knocking out both Germans, Welte and Vogel. Gnidenko found herself relegated after boxing in other riders. Mustapa took the qualification place from the final repechage heat.

First Round Repechages Results – Heat winners who progress to second round

1 Hyejin LEE (Korea)
2 Lisandra GUERRA RODRIGUEZ (Cuba)
3 Shuang GUO (China)
4 Fatehah MUSTAPA (Malaysia)

Men’s Sprint


Like the women’s sprint semifinals the previous evening, the men’s quarterfinals were delayed due to water on the track.

The first of the quarterfinal heats saw Denis Dmitriev (Russia) triumph over Sam Webster (New Zealand) in a textbook win. The second race for the pair also went Dmitriev’s way, although was pushed harder by Webster this time.

The second race was a bittersweet one for the crowd with two Gallic sprint heroes paired against each other: Gregory Bauge and Francois Pervis. The first heat saw Pervis triumph over Bauge in what appeared to be a fairly controlled effort. However, Pervis appeared to tie up in the second heat which gave the win to his fellow countryman, and Pervis’ dreams of earning triple gold in this year’s event were dashed in the deciding race when Bauge won by nearly a tenth of a second.

Frenchman Quentin Lafargue’s dispatch of Hersony Canelon (Venezuela) to the minor final was more straightforward, Lafargue needed just two races to beat the South American. Jeffrey Hoogland also needed just two races to knock out the final southern hemisphere contender, Matthew Glaetzer (Australia).

Quarterfinals (Heat winners who progress to semifinals)

1 Denis DMITRIEV (Russia)
2 Gregory BAUGE (France)
3 Quentin LAFARGUE (France)
4 Jeffrey HOOGLAND (Netherlands)

Final for 5th to 8th place

Glaezter took the win, just a tyre’s breadth ahead of Webster. Pervis faded into third place, with Canelon coming in last. Pervis may have ended his world championships with a seventh place, rather than a third gold medal, but with two of the four semifinalists in French team kit, there was a good chance there w
ould be more to cheer in the latter stages of the day.

Final for 5th to 8th place – Results

5 Matthew GLAETZER (Australia)
6 Sam WEBSTER (New Zealand) +0.004
7 Francois PERVIS (France) +0.319
8 Hersony CANELON (Venezuela) +0.343


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