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March 27/08 11:13 am - Track World Championships: Day 2

Posted by Editoress on 03/27/08

Track World Championships Manchester UK


Women's Individual Pursuit Qualifying

Women's Individual Pursuit final

Men's Sprint 200m

Men's Sprint 1/16 and 1/8 finals

Men's Sprint 1/4 finals

Team Pursuit qualifying

Team Pursuit final

Women's Team Sprint

Great Britain was pure gold on Day 2 at the Track World Championships, sweeping all three world titles awarded, and setting a world record to boot. In the Team Pursuit, women's Individual Pursuit and women's Team Sprint, it was the Union Jack that was hoisted to the highest spot. The men's Sprint competition also got underway, with the qualifying and first two rounds of competition held, reducing the list of contenders down to eight for the final tomorrow night. There were two Canadians competing today - Travis Smith in the Sprint and Tara Whitten in the Pursuit. Neither moved on from qualifying, with Smith finishing 34th and Whitten 16th.

The big story was the British Pursuit squad's world record of 3:56.322, knocking over a quarter of a second off of the world record time set by Australia at the Athens Olympics. Denmark actually qualified ahead of the Brits, but it was clear once the final started that Britain hadn't gone full bore in qualifying. Australia took the bronze ahead of New Zealand.

In the women's Pursuit, the race was between defending champion Sarah Hammer of the United States, and last year's runner up Rebecca Romero of Britain. Hammer took time off in the early part of the season to deal with back problems, and has been getting back up to speed in the World Cups, however, she is clearly not back at full racing strength. This by no way detracts from the superb performance of Romero, whose gold medal ride was six and a half seconds faster than the American. Olympic champion Katie Mactier (Australia) took the bronze.

The women's Team Sprint was another lock for the British duo of Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade, who successfully defended their title against the Chinese, with Germany taking the bronze.

The men's sprint saw no surprises in qualifying, with all the top seeds getting through to the 24 who would race. France took the first three spots in qualifying, led by Kevin Sireau. The biggest upsets occurred in the quarter finals, the first round of three rides. Chris Hoy (Great Britain) beat the defending world champion Theo Bos (Netherlands) in three rides, and the young French hope Sireau beat his team mate Gregory Bauge, also in three rides.

For Smith, it was a frustrating but not unexpected end to his season, with his last slim chance of making the Olympics gone. "I have to remember that I have come back from an injury that, most people tell me, usually means a year before I can even ride my bike again. So, it was frustrating, because I felt really good all week, the best I have all season. Maybe it was nerves, but as soon as I started the final 200 metres I could tell that my legs were just jelly." (We will have a video interview up with Travis tomorrow)

Tara Whitten, competing in her first Worlds, saw this as another learning experience. "I was definitely hoping for a better ride, but I went out too hard the first lap and it's not a good thing when you can feel lactic acid that early! This year I have been learning every race, and I'll go back home now with a better idea of what I need to do."br>

Men's Team Pursuit
1. Denmark (Michael Faerk Christensen/Casper Jorgensen/Jens Erik Madsen/Alex Rasmussen)3:57.734
2. Great Britain (Edward Clancy/Geraint Thomas/Paul Manning/Bradley Wiggins)3:58.983
3. New Zealand (Sam Bewley/Westley Gough/Hayden Roulston/Marc Ryan)4:00.833
4. Australia (Jack Bobridge/Graeme Brown/Mark Jamieson/Bradley Mcgee)4:00.947
5. Russia (Mikhail Ignatiev/Alexei Markov/Alexander Petrovskiy/Alexander Serov)4:04.310
6. France (Damien Gaudin/Matthieu Ladagnous/Nicolas Rousseau/Fabien Sanchez)4:04.577
7. Spain (Sergi Escobar Roure/Asier Maeztu Billelabeitia/David Muntaner Juaneda/Antonio Tauler Llull)4:05.138
8. Netherlands (Levi Heimans/Jenning Huizenga/Jens Mouris/Peter Schep)4:05.302
9. Germany (Robert Bartko/Daniel Becke/Henning Bommel/Patrick Gretsch)4:06.941
10. Ukraine (Lyubomyr Polatayko/Maksym Polischuk/Vitaliy Popkov/Vitaliy Shchedov)4:07.086
11. Colombia (Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar/Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal/Arles Antonio Castro Laverde/Jairo Perez Suarez)4:09.960
12. Korea (Jong Gyun Choi/Sun Jae Jang/Jae Wan Jung/Dong Hun Kim)4:14.157

Ride for gold & silver
1. Great Britain (Edward Clancy/Geraint Thomas/Paul Manning/Bradley Wiggins)3:56.322 (WR)
2. Denmark (Michael Faerk Christensen/Casper Jorgensen/JensErik Madsen/Alex Rasmussen)3:59.381
Ride for bronze
3. Australia (Jack Bobridge/Graeme Brown/Mark Jamieson/Bradley McgGe)4:00.089
4. New Zealand (Sam Bewley/Westley Gough/Hayden Roulston/Marc Ryan)4:01.993

Men's Sprint
1. Kévin Sireau (France)9.992
2. Gregory Bauge (France)10.028
3. Mickaël Bourgain (France)10.029
4. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.032
4. Theo Bos (Netherlands)10.032
6. François Pervis (France)10.035
7. Jason Kenny (Great Britain)10.067
8. Maximilian Levy (Germany)10.073
9. Ryan Bayley (Australia)10.126
10. Shane Perkins (Australia)10.150
11. Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)10.160
12. Ross Edgar (Great Britain)10.178
13. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)10.187
14. Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)10.201
15. Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)10.275
16. Carsten Bergemann (Germany)10.276
17. Sergey Ruban (Russia)10.287
18. Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)10.292
19. Mark French (Australia)10.296
20. Teun Mulder (Netherlands)10.310
21. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)10.312
22. Michael Blatchford (United States)10.313
23. Filip Ptacnik (Czech Republic)10.316
24. Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)10.34
25. Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)10.352
26. Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)10.366
27. Tim Veldt (Netherlands)10.373
28. Daniel Ellis (Australia)10.377
29. Sergey Borisov (Russia)10.379
30. Adam Duvendeck (United States)10.419
31. Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)10.439
32. Alvaro Alonso Rubio (Spain)10.456
33. Wen Hao Li (China)10.460
34. Travis Smith (Canada)10.475
34. Giddeon Massie (United States)10.475
36. Stefan Nimke (Germany)10.500
37. Denis Dmitriev (Russia)10.512
38. Qi Tang (China)10.539
39. Christos Volikakis (Greece)10.592
40. Vasileios Reppas (Greece)10.617
41. Maciej Bielecki (Poland)10.638
42. Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)10.647
43. Salvador Melia Mangrinan (Spain)10.684
44. Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)10.736

Top 24 go forward to 1/16 finals

1/16 Finals
Heat 1
1. Kevin Sireau (France)10.549
2. Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)
Heat 2
1. Gregory Bauge (France)11.29
2. Filip Ptacnik (Czech Republic)
Heat 3
1. Mickeal Bourgain (France)10.569
2. Michael Blatchford (USA)
Heat 4
1. Theo Bos (Netherlands)10.74
2. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)
Heat 5
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.754
2. Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
Heat 6
1. Francois Pervis (France)10.895
2. Mark French (Australia)
Heat 7
1. Jason Kenny (Great Britain)10.574
2. Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
Heat 8
1. Maximilian Levy (Germany)10.94
2. Sergey Ruban (Russia)
Heat 9
1. Ryan Bayley (Australia)10.608
2. Carsten Bergemann (Germany)
Heat 10
1. Shane Perkins (Australia)10.77
2. Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)
Heat 11
1. Andriy Vynokourov (Ukraine)11.386
2. Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
Heat 12
1. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)10.636
2. Ross Edgar (Great Britain)

Winner of each heat qualify to 1/8 finals

1/8 Finals
Heat 1
1. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)10.572
2. Kevin Sireau (France)
Heat 2
1. Gregory Bauge (France)10.721
2. Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)
Heat 3
1. Mickael Bourgain (France)10.461
2. Shane Perkins (Australia)
Heat 4
1. Theo Bos (Netherlands)10.571
2. Ryan Bayley (Australia)
Heat 5
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.922
2. Maximiliam Levy (Germany)REL
Heat 6
1. Jason Kenny (Great Britain)10.77
2. Francois Pervis (France)
Winner of each heat to 1/4 finals. Losers go to 1/8 finals repechage.

1/8 Finals Repecchage
Heat 1
1. Kévin Sireau (France)11.00
2. François Pervis (France)
3. Ryan Bayley (Australia)
Heat 2
1. Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)10.682
2. Shane Perkins (Australia)
3. Maximilian Levy (Germany)
Winner of each heat qualify to 1/4 finals

Heat 1race 1race 2decider
1. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)10.619 1 10.613
2. Andriy Vynokourov (Ukraine)
Heat 2
1. Kévin Sireau (France)10.3110.749
2. Gregory Bauge (France)10.744
Heat 3
1. Mickaël Bourgain (France)10.72610.636
2. Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
Heat 4
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.56310.424
2. Theo Bos (Netherlands)13.334

Winner of each heat qualify to semifinals. Losers go to race for 5th-8th place.

Women's Individual Pursuit
1. Rebecca Romera (Great Britain)3:29.593
2. Sarah Hammer (USA)3:31.041
3. Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)3:31.753
4. Katie Mactier (Australia)3:32.043
5. Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)3:32.505
6. Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine)3:33.926
7. Alison Shanks (New Zealand)3:35.212
8. Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)3:35.505
9. Karin Thurig (Switzerland)3:36.229
10. Verena Joos (Germany)3:36.357
11. Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)3:36.375
12. Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)3:37.932
13. Elena Chalykh (Russia)3:39.084
14. Yelizaveta Bochkarova (Ukraine)3:40.415
15. Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)3:41.557
16. Tara Whitten (Canada)3:42.931
17. Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)3:44.239
18. Min Hye Lee (Korea)3:44.930
19. Olga Slyusareva (Russia)3:45.304
20. Svetlana Paulikaite (Lithuania)3:48.255

top 4 to finals. 1 and 2 to gold and silver ride. 3 and 4 for bronze ride.

Ride for gold & silver
1. Rebecca Romero (Great Britain) 3:30.501
2. Sarah Hammer (USA) 3:37.006
Ride for Bronze
3. Katie Mactier (Australia)3:32.347
4. Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)

Women's Team Sprint
1. Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton/Shanaze Reade)33.186
2. China (Jinjie Gong/Lulu Zheng)33.943
3. Germany (Dana Glöss/Miriam Welte)34.135
4. France (Sandie Clair/Virginie Cueff)34.165
4. Russia (Swetlana Grankowskaja/Oksana Grishina)34.867
6. Italy (Valentina Alessio/Elisa Frisoni)35.414
7. Thailand (Wathinee Luekajorh/Jutatip Maneephan)37.752
Ride for gold & silver
1. Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton/Shanaze Reade)33.661
2. China (Jinjie Gong/Lulu Zheng)34.223
Ride for bronze
3. Germany (Dana Glöss/Miriam Welte)34.036
4. France (Sandie Clair/Virginie Cueff)34.234


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