World Track Championships 2008
first of the second rounds saw Pendleton, Blyth, Grankowskaja, Sanchez,
Gong and Garcia Orrego up against each other. The Columbian had the wheel
of the derny and Pendleton the favourite was in 5th wheel.
Blyth was sat in 3rd wheel and hung back slightly from the
Grankowskaja. Blyth moved round just before the derny pulled away. She cut
it close, almost passing the derny before it pulled away. That would have
resulted in a restart, but luckily her timing was perfect. Pendleton moved
up and took the lead, while Blyth held her outside wheel, although a
little too close to Sanchez for the judges, she received a warning for not
holding her line. Sanchez was on the inside behind Pendleton and the three
riders managed to secure their place in the top 6 and a chance for a
second race saw Reed, Kanis, Muche, Gloss, Guerra Rodriguez and
Krupeckaite up against each other. Muche
(GER) held the position behind the derny with Reed on her wheel. Both Reed
and Krupeckaite, who was on her wheel, were holding back slightly to give
themselves an advantage over the others. At the bell, Krupeckaite attacked
and Muche was on her wheel. Kanis was following but as she tried to move
out she clashed shoulders with Jennie Reed, who was coming round the
outside. Kanis had a serious wobble but sheer strength enabled her to stay
upright, this was the end of her chances.
managed to get round Krupeckaite to win, Reed at full throttle held on for
second and Krupeckaite finished 3rd and moved into the top 6.
the final, Sanchez secured the wheel of the derny but as soon as it pulled
off the track Krupeckaite attacked round the outside with the British
rider Blyth. Pendleton found a space and moved to the front. She was at
maximum speed and looked like she would hold on to win her third gold
medal but went too early. Pendleton, despite her amazing leg speed could
not hold off Jennie Reed, who had found a space between Pendleton’s
wheel and the wheel of Christin Muche some how squeezed through to win.
The judges took over 10 minutes to examine the photo finish before
announcing that Pendleton had held on for second ahead of Muche.
of China had the wheel of the derny at the start of the race and held on
to inside sprinters line almost to the finish. On the line it looked like
Gong had held on for 7th however the judges disqualified her
for not holding her line during the sprint. Grankowskaja crossed the line
in second place, after she had powered round the outside of Orrego-Garcia.
Kanis held on for 9th Rodriguez-Guerra
10th and Glöss 11th. The relegation of Gong placed
her 12th place.
Reed (USA) could
not quite believe she had finally won a world title. “Oh
gosh, I am so excited, I so wanted to win that title” said Reed
as she came to the realisation that she had won her first World Keirin
have been waiting for this title for so many years. When I came round
I felt so strong, I knew in the last lap that I was going to attack it and
what ever came after that I just knew that I had to give it everything and
in my head I knew that I could do it.”
the award ceremony Reed said “It
is just starting to settle in, I can’t believe it, it’s been 10 years
of trying and I have finally done it. I don’t this year could have
started any better.”.
was obviously extremely emotional and very disappointed to have come
second in the final. “I
am obviously very disappointed not to have won, but the sprint is the only
thing that matters this year it is the only Olympic chance I had got” said
was at my limit; I tried to move in and out to keep my position strong but
I went a bit wobbly at one point, I managed to keep going though. Jennie
[Reed[ was so strong today and really wanted the win” added
Muche (GER) was
disappointed not to have won either Gold or Silver but relieved to have
held on for the Bronze medal. “It was so near, waiting to find out was
agonizing. I am so happy though” said Muche.
finished 5th in the sprint and could not be happier with how
she has performed at the championship. “I tried to come round but got stuck on the outside. I had a close
call in the semi finals and did not want to risk crashing. I finally
managed to get down to the sprinters line but it was too late” said
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