World Track Championships 2008
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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