Track World Cup Classics 2009-2010
Keirin - Anna Meares and 2009 World Champion Guo qualify for final.
The top sprinters made it though to the final 6, with a match up of the current World Champion Shuang Guo, outwitting Clara Sanchez (FRA) and Jessica Varnish (GBR) to win the round. finishing fourth, Sandie Clair (FRA) missed out on the final.
In the second heat, the race had to be restarted as the Korean Eunmi Park, refused to head the whistle waring her to move back in the line behind the derny. Park's was disqualified and the race was restarted with 5 riders.
When it restarted, Meares decide to attack just after two to go and was a clear winner. Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) and Christin Muche (GER) made it through to the final.
In the first of the heats, Shuang Guo was proudly wearing her rainbow jersey, as the current Keirin champion. Guo easily won her heat with the Korean, Eunmi Park quailfying second. The surprise, miss in the first heat, was Willy Kanis (NED). Kanis was suffering a little from her effort in the team pursuit event and did not quite have the legs to beat Park.
In heat 2, Anna Meares (AUS) dominated her heat. Meares, held the wheel of the derny right form the start and never looked troubled. Wai Sze Lee (HKG) just crosed the line ahead of Sandie Clair (FRA).
In heat 3, Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) won easily ahead of Jessica Varnish (GBR). Emily Rosemond (AUS) was forced to fight her way to the final through the repechage.
In the final heat, the experienced Clara Sanchez (FRA) started in fourth place behind the derny, but quickly moved up as the derny pulled away. Christin Muche (GER) tried get round but was boxed in by China's Lin Junhong. Sanchez crossed the line first with Junhong on her wheel. Junhong was laster disqualified for not holding her line, allowing Muche through to the next round.
In the repechages, Kanis, and compatriot Agnes Ronner (NED) managed to hold of the bunch to qualify for the next round. Rosemond (AUS) and Sandie Clair (FRA), never looked troubled in their attempt to get to the next round ahead of a last minute surge from Lybov Shulika (UKR).
Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) was very happy with her performance, "I feel really good today," said McCulloch. "I was a little disappointed not to have been able to wear the rainbow jersey in the Team Sprint, but Jayco is about giving everyone a chance and Emily [Rosemond] deserved a chance to ride with the best in the world Anna Meares," added McCulloch.
McCulloch is up against Meares and Rosemond in the same grouping for the final of the Keirin and competing in the 500m TT, asked how she felt about this, McCulloch added, "I just take one race at a time. I got a bit ahead of myself in the qualifying and I was a bit edgy. Now I have time to calm and focus on the two events. You have to have two different mind sets, one is quite aggressive the other calm."
Willy Kanis (NED) had a tough road to the second round but was glad to have made it, "I was spent after the pursuit and missed out in the heats. I knew I could come back in the repechage as I have been sprinting well," said Kanis.
Agnes Ronner (NED) benefited from having Willy Kanis in the repechage. Kanis provided a valuable wheel in the final straight to get Ronner to the line, "I was struggling and I managed to get on the wheel if Willy. I just put my head down, I am very happy," said Ronner.
Emily Rosemond (AUS) was very happy to make it through to the second round, "That was tight, I was in fifth wheel at the start and it was so tough getting round at the bell. I have time now to relax before tonight," said Rosemond.
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