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March 28/08 6:48 am - Track World: Day 3 results & report

Posted by Editoress on 03/28/08

Track World Championships Manchester UK

Day 3 ended at the Track World Championships with Britain once again dominating, taking two out of three gold medals awarded, the women's Team Pursuit and the prestigious men's Sprint title by Chris Hoy. Belarus took their second gold medal of the championships with Vasili Kiryienka winning the men's Points Race. The women's Sprint qualifying and first rounds of competition also took place.

Canada had one rider in competition today, Zach Bell in the Points Race. Bell, who is racing with a shoulder injury after crashing in Australia three weeks ago, had a strong start to the race, winning points in the first two sprints, but faded and then crashed just after the halfway point in the race.

The day began with the Flying 200 metre time trial for the women's Sprint. All the top riders made it through to the sprint rounds, however, two of the higher seeds went down to defeat in the first round - Jinjie Gong (China) and former world champion Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia).

At the tail end of the eighth finals for the women's sprint, a bad crash by former world champion Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus put a temporary halt to what had been some excellent sprinting. Tsylinskaya and World Cup champion Willy Kanis (Netherlands) were entering the second corner on their final lap, when Tsylinskaya went down, appearing to land on her head and shoulder. The Belarus rider was on the inside, but Kanis was rapidly overtaking. Tsylinskaya appeared to swing up slightly and then lost control, with her front wheel twisting and sending her over the bars. Once on the ground, she did not move and had been knocked unconscious, and a medical crew quickly immobilized her and attached breathing apparatus before taking her to hospital.

Tsylinskaya regained conscious by the time she arrived at hospital, and reports are that she was lucid and answering questions. It appears she may have a bad shoulder injury and some other minor injuries.

At the conclusion of the quarter finals, there are four riders to contest the semifinals tomorrow: Jennie Reed (USA), defending champion Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain), Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)Shuang Guo (China).

The women's Team Pursuit is new this year and, as expected, the gold medal final came down to Britain and the World Cup champions, the Ukraine. The Brits were clearly the fastest, anchored by new world Pursuit champion Rebecca Romero. They set a new world standard in qualifying, and then broke it in the final. Germany took the bronze medal over Belarus.

The 160 lap Points Race saw a savvy ride by Vasili Kiryienka, who steadily picked off points all race, winning only one sprint, but scoring in 9 out of 16 sprints. The Dutch rider Peter Schep took a different tactic, winning three sprints, and was only one point back with four sprints remaining, with Cameron Meyer (Australia) and Greg Henderson (New Zealand) also in the picture.

However, the greatest threat came from France's Christophe Riblon, who waited until the second half of the race to start scoring, taking four wins and a second to finish only one point behind Kiryienka. Riblon was actually very close to winning the event, when his breakaway with approximately 15 laps to go was unanswered, allowing him to pull within a quarter of a lap of gaining a lap, and scoring a race winning 20 points. However, he faded in the final five laps, just holding on to take the final sprint and jump into second place over Schep.

Bell won the first sprint, ten laps into the race, and looked to be in good position for the first 40 laps, however, the toll of recovering from his shoulder injury began to show, and he was lapped by the halfway mark, and then crashed a few laps later.

"The shoulder was fine, and the speed wasn't a problem, but I guess the past few weeks of not being able to train and race took more out of my condition then I thought. Our plan was to go for easy points and ride a smart race, and the first sprint was fine, at 80% effort. But then I guess my [lack of] conditioning caught up with me, and I just couldn't keep the pace."

The men's sprint continued from last night with the semifinal round, which put Hoy against Italy's Roberto Chiappa, while French team mates Kevin Sireau and Mickael Bourgain fought in the other heat. Hoy and Chiappa had a drag race in both races, with Hoy easily the stronger. Sireau also went on to the gold medal round in two straight, which pitted a speedster (Sireau) against a tactician (Bourgain). Bourgain tried to shutdown Sireau by keeping him high on the banking, but in the final half lap Sireau was just too fast, and blew by his rival.

Bourgain had little trouble with Chiappa in the bronze medal race, nullifying the Italian's attempts to jump away early and overpower his rival, and winning in two straight rides. Hoy and Sireau presented an interesting contrast: pure speed (Sireau), against power (Hoy, who was the Kilo Olympic champion).

Sireau rode a very smart first race, almost taking the win. He didn't allow Hoy to go long, and used his superior speed to open a gap in the final lap. Hoy closed the gap, but it was impossible to tell who had won as they crossed the line, and it took a long minute of checking the cameras before Hoy was declared the winner. In the second ride, Hoy didn't allow Sireau to dictate the race nearly as much, and was able to wind it up earlier, blunting the sheer speed of the Frenchman, and crossing the line to win his first world sprint title to the deafening roar of a completely packed building.

Hoy has now become the first rider to win all four sprint event titles: Team Sprint, Keirin, Kilo and Sprint. Britain has also (we think) become the first country to win all Pursuit titles in the same year: men's and women's Individual, plus men's (and now) women's Team titles.

Race Notes

- Prince Edward was in attendance, and stopped in to talk with Zach Bell as he was preparing for the Points Race. "He asked me what event I was doing, and talked for a couple of minutes about racing. It was sort of interesting."

- Britain is now up to six gold medals, and well it's way to breaking last year's haul of seven with two days of competition left.

Day 3

Women's Sprint
Note: World Record is 10.831
Qualifying - 200m
1. Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)10.904
2. Shuang Guo (China)11.002
3. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)11.093
4. Jinjie Gong (China)11.152
5. Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)11.169
6. Willy Kanis (Netherlands)11.172
7. Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus)11.221
8. Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia)11.280
9. Jennie Reed (USA)11.283
10. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)11.298
11. Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)11.317
12. Clara Sanchez (France)11.346
13. Anna Blyth (Great Britain)11.354
14. Lulu Zheng (China)11.416
14 Diana Gloss (Germany)11.416
16. Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)11.417
17. Christin Muche (Germany)11.510
18. Sandie Clair (France)11.542
19. Elisa Frisoni (Italy)11.545
20. Miriam Welte (Germany)11.550
21. Oksana Grishina (Russia)11.576
22. Virginie Cueff (France)11.599
23. Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Spain)11.605
24. Anastasiya Chulkova (Russia)11.738
25. Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)11.756
25. Valentina Alessio (Italy)11.756
27. Sakie Tsukuda (Japan)12.268
28. Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)12.532

top 24 move to 1/16 finals

1/16 Finals
Heat 1
1. Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)11.978
2. Anastasiya Chulkova (Russia)
Heat 2
1. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)11.754
2. Virginie Cueff (France)
Heat 3
1. Oksana Grishina (Russia)11.886
2. Jinjie Gong (China)
Heat 4
1. Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)11.853
2. Miriam Welte (Germany)
Heat 5
1. Willy Kanis (Netherlands)11.699
2. Elisa Frisoni (Italy)
Heat 6
1. Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus)12.518
2. Sandie Clair (France)
Heat 7
1. Christian Muche (Germany)13.281
2. Swetlana Grankowskaya (Russia)
Heat 8
1. Jennie Reed (USA)11.875
2. Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)
Heat 9
1. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)11.954
2. Dana Gloss (Germany)
Heat 10
1. Lulu Zheng (China)11.925
2. Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)
Heat 11
1. Clara Sanchez (France)11.862
2. Anna Blyth (Great Britain)
Heat 12
1. Shuang Guo (China)11.653
2. Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)

Winner of each heat qualify to 1/8 finals

1/8 Final
Heat 1
1. Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 11.629
2. Clara Sanchez (France)
Heat 2
1. Shuang Guo (China) 11.947
2. Lulu Zheng (China)
Heat 3
1. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 11.236
2. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
Heat 4
1. Jennie Reed (USA) 11.811
2. Oksana Grishina (Russia)
Heat 5
1. Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 11.636
2. Christin Muche (Germany
Heat 6
1. Willy Kanis (Netherlands)16.221
2. Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus)
Winner of each heat qualify to 1/4 finals. Losers go to 1/8 finals repechage

1/8 Finals Repechage
Heat 1
1. Clara Sanchez (France)12.628
2. Oksana Grishina (Russia)
Heat 2
1. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)12.647
2. Christin Muche (Germany
3. Lulu Zheng (China)

Winner of each heat qualify to 1/4 finals

1/4 Final
Heat 1race 1race 2decider
1. Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 11.80412.62
2. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
Heat 2
1. Shuang Guo (China)11.939REL11.892
2. Clara Sanchez (France)12.02
Heat 3
1. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)REL11.54411.434
2. Willy Kanis (Netherlands)11.604
Heat 4
1. Jennie Reed (USA) 11.89511.971
2. Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)

Final for 5th to 8th
5. Willy Kanis (Netherlands)12.049
6. Clara Sanchez (France)
7. Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
8. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)

Women's Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain (Wendy Houvenaghel/Rebecca Romero/Joanna Rowsell) 3:25.725
2. Ukraine (Yelizaveta Bochkarova/Lesya Kalitovska/Lyubov Shulika) 3:26.565
3. Germany (Charlotte Becker/Verena Joos/Alexandra Sontheimer) 3:28.511
4. Belarus (Alena Amialyusik/Aksana Papko/Tatsiana Sharakova) 3:29.878
5. Russia 3:30.320
6. Netherlands 3:31.596
7. Belgium 3:35.594

Great Britain & Ukraine will ride for gold and silver. Germany & Belarus for bronze

1. Great Britain (Wendy Houvenaghel/Rebecca Romero/Joanna Rowsell)3:22.415 (WR)
2. Ukraine (Yelizaveta Bochkarova/Lesya Kalitovska/Lyubov Shulika)3:29.744
3. Germany (Charlotte Becker/Verena Joos/Alexandra Sontheimer)3:26.960
4. Belarus (Alena Amialyusik/Aksana Papko/Tatsiana Sharakova)3:29.449

Men's Sprint
Heat 1race 1race 2
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.95510.669
2. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)
Heat 2
1. Kévin Sireau (France)10.44410.481
2. Mickaël Bourgain (France)

Winners race for first and second. Losers race for third and fourth.

Ride for gold & silver
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain)10.43210.497
2. Kévin Sireau (France)
Ride for bronze
3. Mickaël Bourgain (France)10.54510.636
4. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)

Men's Points Race (160 lps)
1. Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus)24pts
2. Christophe Riblon (France)23
3. Peter Schep (Netherlands)19
4. Cameron Meyer (Australia)18
5. Greg Henderson (New Zealand)17
6. Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic)14
7. Juan Arango Carvajal (Colombia)9
8. Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)8
9. KamPo Wong (Hong Kong)5
10. Mikhail Ignatiev (Russia)5
11. Milton Wynants Vazquez (Uruguay)5
12. Martino Marcotto (Italy)4
13. Iljo Keisse (Belgium)4
14. Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)3
15. Makoto Iijima (Japan)3
16. Joan Llaneras Rosello (Spain)3
17. Marco Arriagada (China)3
18. Andreas Graf (Austria)2
19. Colby Pearce (USA)1
20. Casper Jorgensen (Denmark)0
DNF. Zach Bell (Canada)
DNF. Dimitrios Gkaliouris (Greece)
DNF. Chun Kai Feng (Taipei)


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