Heat 1 of the
repechages was taken by Susan Panzer (GER), followed by Oxana
Grishna (RUS). Panza goes through to the finals
Heat 2 was won by
Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite. Runner-up was Katrin Meinke.
Final - places 7-12
This final was as
closely contested as the race for the gold medal. The speed kept
increasing throughout the race, with Rosealee Hubbard (Aus) making
the early pace. She was chased hard by the 2 Russians. German
winner, Katrin Meinke made her way to the front with 1 lap to go
and sprinted from the front as the group approached the line.
Second was Oxana Grishina (RUS).
From the moment the
Derny left the track, the race was on. Eventual victor,
Frenchwoman Clara Sanchez kept out of trouble and in the
front couple of wheels all the way. Elisa Frisoni, who took the
silver medal, didn't so much follow in the line, but sat on the
outside shoulder of Susan Panzer. These three kept their order
until 1 lap to go, when Jennie Reed moved up on the bend before
the bell-finish-line. As the group approached the line, there was
a clear winner - Clara Sanchez - who had time for a long victory
salute. It lasted from 10m away from 'out'.
Speaking of her victory,
Sanchez was "very happy to get the title of World Champion
for the Keirin". She pointed out, however, that this did not
give her an automatic place in Athens. That, she hinted, would
come from the sprint competition on Friday.
It was a happy
return to Melbourne for Elise Frissone. Last time she was here was
the Junior Worlds a couple of years ago, where she took away three
gold medals. She "didn't even expect to get into the