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August 16/08 6:51 am - Beijing Olympics: Track Day 2 photos, report & full results

Posted by Editoress on 08/16/08

Beijing Olympics

Photos from Day 2 of racing at the Laoshan Velodrome

Men's Keirin
Men's Pursuit final
Men's Points Race
Women's Pursuit Round 1

Day 2 on the track saw three medal finals, with Great Britain continuing to dominate the standings by winning medals in every final, including two golds, a silver and two bronzes. Spain became the first nation other than Britain to win a gold medal on the track, when Joan Llaneras took the Points Race title. Bradley Wiggins opened his gold medal tally with a victory in the men's pursuit, while Chris Hoy added a second gold to his haul by winning the Keirin.

Men's 4000M Individual Pursuit

The eight riders who moved on from Friday's qualifying round were pared down to four finalists: Wiggins, countryman Steven Burke, Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) and Alexei Markov (Russia). Wiggins and Roulston continued as the only riders to post sub-4:20 rides, and would compete for the gold medal.

First up was the bronze medal ride, and Burke came from behind to overhaul Markov in the final kilometre and claim the podium spot. The gold medal final followed a similar format, with Roulston coming out fast, only to be steadily reeled in by Wiggins.

"It was another brilliant day for Great Britain, we are just on top everywhere. We're just pissing all over everyone, to be frank. It's no surprise, really, we expected to be in this position. In eight years we've become the dominant force right across the board."

Roulston has made great strides in the past year, but still feels that he has room to improve. "Great Britain is getting these results now because they've been building since before Athens. New Zealand has just started in the last year. I came to win gold and came away with silver, but I'm definitely happy with it. Wiggins is the true champion, he's pure class. But I'm on the right road, this is just the beginning."

Taylor Phinney, the youngest rider in the event, faced Roulston in the second round, and was eliminated, but took it in stride. "It's my first Olympics, I'll be back for more. My goal was to qualify and race for two days, which I managed, so I'm pleased. I gave everything I had on the first day, and today I was more tired. It took more out of me than I thought."

Men's Points Race

Canada's lone entry for the day, Zach Bell, had a superb ride in the Points Race, finishing seventh. Bell played a conservative game for the first half of the race, grabbing a couple of points early on then waiting until 70 laps to go to launch an attack which would see him lap the field in a solo effort. He tried the same tactic in the final nine laps, and was only caught with three laps to go.

"I wanted to put on a bit of a show at least," explained Bell. Was the race according to plan? "Yes and no. The plan was basically to be conservative for the first half, and not blow myself out too much. Richard [Wooles - coach] was saying to wait until the last third. I was trying to position myself for some of the sprints, but there were always guys up the road, so not much chance."

"Then came the lull that we expected. After the sprint, when the guys swung up the track, I was right behind them, and it was 'Ok, it's time to go'. After the ten to go I tried it again, because without doing it even if I won the last sprint there was only one guys reachable, and 6th versus 7th wasn't a big deal. So I needed more than 5 points. When you're at the Olympics, you try to go again; I was going to gamble to maybe get on the podium."

"It was great to be part of the mix, to have the engine to go around; it hasn't been there before. It was my goal to be in the top-8, and I was confident that only a mistake would knock me out of it."

Bell attributed a lot of his newfound power and confidence to Cycling BC coach Wooles. "Richard is the reason, for sure. The support system that he and Cycling BC has provided has made a huge difference. He's there to help plan everything, pay attention to the details, and to push me when i need it. There is no doubt about it, it is 100% attributable to his program and advice."

"I'm excited about the next four year cycle; a medal has got to be the goal for 2012. I'm in the race now."

Joan Llaneras was one of the favourites for this event, but he initially struggled, while Germany's Roger Kluge took a lap and the early lead.

The race was very complicated," explained Llaneras. "My initial plan was to try to earn some early points and build up an advantage, but the race was not very controlled, and many riders were attacking. Everyone was watching what I was doing, and when Kluge gained a lap, it was even more challenging. It was the riders who shouldered the responsibility for the race, who did well, like Kluge, [Chris] Newton and myself. In the second half of the race it became possible to ride more to a plan, and I was able to attack and take one lap, and then another."

Llaneras, Kluge and Great Britain's Newton were the only riders to take two laps on the field and, while Llaneras had the title wrapped up with one sprint remaining, Kluge had to beat Newton in the final sprint to clinch silver.

Women's 3000M Individual Pursuit

Britain is assured of a gold and silver in the final for this event on Sunday, after Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel set the two fastest times in the second round. Alison Shanks (New Zealand) and Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) will ride for the bronze. American Sarah Hammer, a former world champion, fell to Shanks and won't have the chance to contend for a medal.

Men's Keirin

Hoy was unstoppable in the Keirin, on his way to a second gold medal in two days. In both of his first two rides he got to the front of the group and behind the pace bike, and then just upped the pace when the moto swung off until he had burned everyone off his wheel.

The final consisted of Hoy, his tem mate Ross Edgar, Arnaud Tournant (France), Shane Kelly (Australia), Carsten Bergemann (Germany) and Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan). Among the big names not making it through were the Dutch riders Theo Bos (crash) and Teun Mulder, plus Gregory Bauge (France) and defending Olympic champion Ryan Bayley (Australia).

In the final, Edgar got the front spot, and then eased back to let Hoy in. Shortly before the pacer pulled off, Edgar let a gap open to Hoy at the front, helping Hoy to launch the winning move. edgar then followed that up with a come from behind ride past Nagai to take the silver. Nagai, who gave up a lucrative pro Keirin career in Japan, took the bronze medal.

"We knew coming in that if I got the front and got the [moto] bike, I would open up a spot for Chris," explained Edgar. "He can go long and I can protect, and then go for my own finish. I got boxed in a bit and had a bit of a shoulder rub with Shane [Kelly]. But I squeezed through and was down the track after Chris."

"It's beyond expectations, I think this is a race I'll remember for a long time," commented Hoy. "It's just fantastic that Ross got silver as well. I left it a little later than normal, because I knew that if I went full gas they might pass me. I had to think about the finish like nothing else."

Men's Points Race - Final
1 Joan Llaneras (Spain)60 pts
2 Roger Kluge (Germany)58
3 Chris Newton (Great Britain)56
4 Cameron Meyer (Australia)36
5 Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus)34
6 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)29
7 Zach Bell (Canada)27
8 Makoto Iijima (Japan)23
9 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic)22
10 Greg Henderson (New Zealand)13
11 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)10
12 Iljo Keisse (Belgium)8
13 Angelo Ciccone (Italy)8
14 Volodymyr Rybin (Ukraine)8
15 Kam Po Wong (Hong Kong,China)5
16 Milton Ariel Wynants (Uruguay)5
17 Mikhail Ignatyev (Russian Fed.)4
18 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina)1
19 Marco Arriagada (Chile)1
20 Peter Schep (Netherlands)0
21 Christophe Riblon (France)-17
DNF Bobby Lea (United States)
DNF Chun-Kai Feng (Chinese Taipei)

Men's Individual Pursuit
Round 1
Heat 1
1 Steven Burke (Great Britain)4:21.558
2 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine)4:22.471
Heat 2
1 Alexei Markov (Russian Fed)4:22.308
2 Antonio Tauler (Spain)4:24.974
Heat 3
1 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)4:19.232
2 Taylor Phinney (United States)4:26.644
Heat 4
1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)4:16.571
2 Alexander Serov (Russian Fed)4:25.391
Fastest two winners race for gold
and the other two winners race for bronze
Ride for Gold & Silver
1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)4:16.977
2 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)4:19.611
Ride for Bronze
3 Steven Burke (Great Britain)4:20.947
4 Alexei Markov (Russia)4:24.149
Women's Individual Pursuit
Round 1
Heat 1
1 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)3:32.478
2 Sarah Hammer (United States)3:34.237
Heat 2
1 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine)3:31.785
2 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)3:36.808
Heat 3
1 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)3:27.703
2 Katie Mactier (Australia)3:37.296 OVL
Heat 4
1 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)3:27.829
2 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)DNF

Fastest two winners race for gold
and the other two winners race for bronze

Men's Keirin
First Round
Heat 1
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)
3 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)
4 Gregory Bauge (France)
5 Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
6 Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
Heat 2
1 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
2 Shane Kelly (Australia)
3 Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
4 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)
5 Sergey Polynskiy (Russian Fed.)
6 Yong Feng (China)
Heat 3
1 Ross Edgar (Great Britain)
2 Josiah Ng (Malaysia)
3 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
4 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)
5 Christos Volikakis (Greece)
REL Roberto Chiappa (Italy)
Heat 4
1 Ryan Bayley (Australia)
2 Theo Bos (Netherlands)
3 Giddeon Massie (United States)
4 Arnaud Tournant (France)
5 Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)
6 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)
7 Maximilian Levy (Germany)
First 2 riders in each heat qualify to second round,
remainder to first round repechage.
First Round Repechages
Heat 1
1 Arnaud Tournant (France)
2 Christos Volikakis (Greece)
3 Yong Feng (China)
4 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)
Heat 2
1 Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
2 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)
3 Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
REL Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
Heat 3
1 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
2 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)
3 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)
4 Sergey Polynskiy (Russia)
Heat 4
1 Gregory Bauge (France)
2 Maximilian Levy (Germany)
3 Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)
4 Roberto Chiappa (Italy)
First 1 rider in each heat qualify to second round
Second Round
Heat 1
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2 Shane Kelly (Australia)
3 Arnaud Tournant (France)
4 Josiah Ng (Malaysia)
5 Gregory Bauge (France)
6 Ryan Bayley (Australia)
Heat 2
1 Ross Edgar (Great Britain)
2 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
3 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)
4 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
DNF Theo Bos (Netherlands)
DNF Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
First 3 riders in each heat qualify to final 1-6 and the others to final 7-12
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2 Ross Edgar (Great Britain)
3 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
4 Shane Kelly (Australia)
5 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)
6 Arnaud Tournant (France)
7 Gregory Bauge (France)
8 Ryan Bayley (Australia)
9 Josiah Ng (Malaysia)
10 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
11 Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
DNS Theo Bos (Netherlands)


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