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Keirin

Race Writeup

First Round

In the first heat of the Keirin, no less than 3 former World Champions were in the same group. The British champion, Victoria Pendleton, secured the wheel of the derny with Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez on her wheel. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) held back a little, to give herself some room as the derny pulled away with 2 laps to go. Christin Muche (GER) attacked from the back but could not match the speed of Pendleton and Guerra Rodriguez.

In the second heat, Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) could not get her place in the line as they rolled out and had to go to the back. Svetlana Grankowskaja the 2003 World Champion secured the wheel of the derny. As the derny pulled away McCulloch attacked but she did not have enough speed to hold off Dana Gloss (GER) and Grankowskaja.

Heat 3 included Jennie Reed (USA), bronze medallist in the sprint. As the derny pulled away Varnish attacked , Reed followed and the Columbian Garcia and Grishina. With 220m to go Grishna crashed. She bounced quickly and recovered to ride in the repechage round.

 

Repechage

In the first of three repechage rounds, Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) took the wheel of the derny this time and held back a little to allow herself some room to sprint. As the derny pulled away Varnish attacked but Krupeckaite marked the move and attacked and so did the former World Champion from France Clara Sanchez. Sanchez was too strong and crossed the line first. Krupeckaite managed to find her way through to secure her place in the next round.

In the second repechage Anna Blyth (GBR) attacked as the derny pulled away. Willy Kanis (NED) the current World Cup champion was on her wheel and powered round the outside to go through. Blyth held off a last minute challenge from Frisoni (ITA) but managed to hold on to go through.

In the final ride, Sandie Clair (FRA) tried to attack but went too early and allowed Christin Muche (GER) and the Columbian Garcia Orrego to get round.

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Comments

Jennie Reed (USA) secured her place in the second round, after a great ride in heat 1. WCN asked how she had pulled up from yesterday and her thoughts about the first round and the remaining races. “I was not feeling so good after last night, but I am ready to go today and warmed up, it feels good to have gone through” said Reed. Asked which of the sprint events she preferred, Reed added “I think naturally, the Keirin is my favourite event as it is my strength. I line up and I feel confident because I don’t have a weakness, it is more instinctual for me, there are more people on the track and it is more exciting.” Reed was asked whether the recent accidence involving Anna Meares and Natalia Tsylinskaya has affected they way she races, particularly when it gets tight and in the run up to the Olympics. “The trick that every athlete is looking for is to be able to stay in the moment. The ones that can stay in the moment are the most successful. When doubt or nerves flash though your mind, you want them to go as quickly as possible, you just have to focus on what you have to do” added Reed.  

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Results  

First Round
Position Name Country
1 Victoria Pendleton GBR
2 Lisandra Rodriguez-Guerra CUB
Simona Krupeckaite LTU
Clara Sanchez FRA
Christin Muche GER
Sakie Tsukuda JPN
Position Name Country
1 Dana Glöss GER
2 Svetlana Grankowskaja RUS
Anna Blyth GBR
Willy Kanis NED
Kaarle McCulloch AUS
Elisa Frisoni ITA
Position Name Country
1 Jennie Reed USA
2 Jinjie Gong CHN
Sandie Clair FRA
Oksana Grishina RUS
Diana Maria Orrego-Garcia COL
Valentina Alessio ITA
Jess Varnish GBR
Repechage
Position Name Country
1 Clara Sanchez FRA
2 Simona Krupeckaite LTU
Kaarle McCulloch AUS
Jess Varnish GBR
Christin Muche GER
Sakie Tsukuda JPN
Position Name Country
1 Willy Kanis NED
2 Anna Blyth GBR
Valentina Alessio ITA
Elisa Frisoni ITA
Position Name Country
1 Christin Muche GER
2 Diana Maria Orrego-Garcia COL
Sandie Clair FRA
Oksana Grishina RUS
Sakie Tsukuda JPN

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