LA World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 3 Review
Team Pursuit and Keirin Qualifying & Finals
The Ukrainian team won the gold in a time of 3.27.44, beating the Russian team's time of 3.30.02 The Russians were forced to bring in a substitute when Chulkova fell ill in LA. Her replacement was sprinter, Elena Tchalych.
The USA team narrowly beat the Germans, with the medal decided by hundredths of a second. The Americans, Kristin Armstrong, Lauren Franges and Christen King were 41/100ths faster than sisters Charlotte and Christina Becker riding with Verena Joos.
After a restart due to some hands-free pushing between Svetalana Grankowskaja (RUS) and Jinjie Gong (CHN), the keirin final continued to be controversial. After the derny had left the track, a clash of wheels between Grankowskaja and Anna Meares caused Australian, Meares (Toshiba), to crash heavily. Meares was knocked unconscious as she fell heavily on her face onto the track apron.
Meanwhile, at the front of the race, Jennie Reed (MOM), riding on her 'home' track rode past her competition to beat Willy Kanis (NED) and Jinjie Gong (CHN) into the medals.
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