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Omnium - Josie Tomic (Australia) at 19, proves she is the most consistent. 

Race Writeup

Josie Tomic (AUS) at only 19 years of age became the first Woman to be awarded the World Omnium Championship jersey today in Poland. 

Tomic, fresh from the success of the Bronze medal in the Team Pursuit, proved to be the most consistent over the five events. Tara Whitten (Canada) had to settle for Silver and Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED) the Bronze,

Given this is the first time at World Track Championships it was difficult to tell who would end up being the World Champion. Tomic, who had won the Australian Championships in this event was placed well in all of the events, She finished 6th in the Sprint, 8th in the Scratch, 4th in the Pursuit, 1st in the Points race and 7th in the 500m TT ahead of Tara Whitten (Canada) and Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED), who is the current reigning European Omnium Champion. 

Tomic lined up in the points race knowing she needed to perform well there to have any chance of making the podium and she rode it brilliantly winning the second and last of the four sprints to move her onto 19 points and tied in the lead with Canadian Tara Whitten going into the final 500m time trial to decide the winner. Sitting in second place was the Ukraine's Lesya Kalitovska on 20 points and not far behind time trial specialist Yvonne Hijgenaar of the Netherlands on 25 points.. 

Preview

This is the first time the Omnium event features at a World Track Championship level for the women. It has been featured during the World cup classic in 2008/2009 very successfully. The event comprises of five events, testing the competitors across both sprinting and endurance disciplines. 

The Omnium can be considered the event which determines the best all-round track cyclist as the disciplines feature both sprint events and endurance events. The ultimate sprinter or the rider with the best condition is unlikely to win the Omnium. The one that has the ability to combine and be competitive in both styles of disciplines is the rider who is most likely to win the event. Normally the Omnium suits endurance riders with higher top speed or stronger sprints, or sprinters who can do longer distance track events.

The event consists of the following disciplines:

  • A 200m flying start time trial

  • A 5km scratch race

  • A 2km individual pursuit with the riders seeded on how they finished in the scratch race.

  • A 10km points race with a minimum of four intermediate and the fifth sprint.

  • A 500m time trial (In the omnium, the riders ride off in pairs, pursuit-style).

Points are recorded in reverse order. The rider who finishes first in an event receives one point, the second rider will get two points and so on. The rider with the fewest points after all events is the omnium overall winner. When two riders are tied on points the recorded time of the time trials will make the difference between the riders. A rider needs to have ridden and completed every event in the Omnium. When a rider fails to enter or finish one of the disciplines he or she is recorded as "Did not finish".

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Post Race Comments

Josie Tomic (AUS) the reigning Australian omnium champion, began her gold medal campaign with a personal best time in the flying 200m time trial, the first of the five races that make up the omnium. That put her in sixth place in the 16 rider field. But her rides in the scratch race (eighth) and the pursuit (fourth) were not what she had hoped for and at the end of the afternoon session she was sitting ten points off the lead in fifth place overall and not feeling confident. "It's been a very tough day, a long day and I'm glad to see the end of it really," said Tomic after receiving the rainbow jersey of World Champion. "I went back to the hotel (in the break after the first three events) and refocussed and then when I came back I was really on a mission and I'm happy I pulled it off."

Tomic added, "The 500 is definitely not one of my best events but I was actually more concerned about Yvonne because she only had to beat me by five (actually seven) places or more to actually win," said Tomic who was in the last heat to race. "So when I saw all the other girls putting up really good times I started to get a little nervous but I had a really good start and managed to pull it off."

She was right to be concerned about Hijgenaar who won the 500m round with a time of 35.242sec but Tomic's time of 36.750 put her seventh and gave her a total of 26 points one points clear of the final tally of both Whitten and Hijgenaar who both finished with 27 points. Whitten was awarded the silver medal and Hijgenaar the bronze.

Tomic's final race came after her team mates Cameron Meyer, 21, and Leigh Howard, 19, had pulled off a desperate last ditch attack in the 200 lap (50km) Madison to storm to the silver medal position on the podium. "The boys defintely inspired me," said Tomic. "It looked like they were in trouble in the race and then they took a lap. Cameron always inspires me whenever I see him race so I was definitely motivated and I wanted to go one better."

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Results  

200m Sprint
Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 11.400 63.157
2 Anna BLYTH GBR 11.552 62.326
3 Elisa FRISONI ITA 11.622 61.951
4 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU 11.800 61.016
5 Tara WHITTEN CAN 11.882 60.595
6 Josie TOMIC AUS 11.942 60.291
7 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE 11.981 60.095
8 Renata DABROWSKA POL 12.015 59.925
9 Lesya  KALITOVSKA UKR 12.139 59.312
10 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS 12.210 58.948
11 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 12.344 58.327
12 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP 12.376 58.177
13 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB 12.381 58.153
14 Charlotte BECKER GER 12.390 58.111
15 Kaytee BOYD NZL 12.769 56.386
16 Andrea BOTERO COY COL 12.828 56.127
5km Scratch
Position Name Country
1 Tara WHITTEN CAN
2 Lesya  KALITOVSKA UKR
3 Renata DABROWSKA POL
4 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP
5 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB
6 Elisa FRISONI ITA
7 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED
8 Josie TOMIC AUS
9 Andrea BOTERO COY COL
10 Charlotte BECKER GER
11 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG
11 Kaytee BOYD NZL
12 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS
13 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU
15 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE
16 Anna BLYTH GBR
Pursuit 2km
Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU 02:20.682 51.179
2 Tara WHITTEN CAN 02:23.950 50.017
3 Lesya  KALITOVSKA UKR 02:24.000 49.967
4 Josie TOMIC AUS 02:26.000 49.368
5 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE 02:26.000 49.302
6 Charlotte BECKER GER 02:27.078 48.953
7 Kaytee BOYD NZL 02:27.000 48.885
8 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB 02:27.450 48.830
9 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 02:27.757 48.728
10 Anna BLYTH GBR 02:27.918 48.675
11 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS 02:29.295 48.226
12 Andrea BOTERO COY COL 02:30.419 47.866
13 Elisa FRISONI ITA 02:30.815 47.740
14 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP 02:31.658 47.475
15 Renata DABROWSKA POL 02:32.060 47.349
16 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 02:44.123 43.869
Points 10km
Race Time 13:25.936 44.668 Km/h
Position Name Country 1 2 3 4 Order Points
1 Josephine TOMIC AUS 5 5 1 10
2 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB 2 3 1 4 6
3 Elisa FRISONI ITA 5 1 7 6
4 Charlotte BECKER GER 5 15 5
5 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 1 3 2 4
6 Lesya KALITOVSKA UKR 2 2 14 4
7 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP 3 9 3
8 Renata DABROWSKA POL 3 10 3
9 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 2 3 2
10 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS 1 12 1
11 Tara WHITTEN CAN 5 0
12 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU 6 0
13 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE 8 0
14 Anna BLYTH GBR 11 0
15 Andrea BOTERO COY COL 13 0
Kaytee BOYD NZL DNF
500m TT
Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 35.242 51.075
2 Anna BLYTH GBR 35.377 50.880
3 Elisa FRISONI ITA 35.458 50.764
4 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU 35.660 50.476
5 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE 35.981 50.026
6 Renata DABROWSKA POL 36.326 49.551
7 Josie TOMIC AUS 36.650 49.113
8 Tara WHITTEN CAN 37.451 48.062
9 Lesya  KALITOVSKA UKR 37.483 48.021
10 Charlotte BECKER GER 37.524 47.969
11 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB 37.696 47.750
12 Kaytee BOYD NZL 37.907 47.484
13 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS 37.992 47.378
14 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 38.896 46.277
15 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP 38.924 46.243
16 Andrea BOTERO COY COL 39.126 46.005
Position Name Country 200m Sprint Scratch Pursuit Points 500m TT Points
GOLD Josephine TOMIC AUS 6 8 4 1 7 26
SILVER Tara WHITTEN CAN 5 1 2 11 8 27
BRONZE Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 1 7 9 9 1 27
4 Elisa FRISONI ITA 3 6 13 3 3 28
5 Lesya KALITOVSKA UKR 9 2 3 6 9 29
6 Vilija SEREIKAITE LTU 4 13 1 12 4 34
7 Dalila RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ CUB 13 5 8 2 11 39
8 Renata DABROWSKA POL 8 3 15 8 6 40
9 Lada KOZLIKOVA CZE 7 14 5 13 5 44
10 Anna BLYTH GBR 2 16 10 14 2 44
11 Charlotte BECKER GER 14 10 6 4 10 44
12 Gema PASCUAL TORRECILLA ESP 12 4 14 7 15 52
13 Olga SLYUSAREVA RUS 10 12 11 10 13 56
14 Kaytee BOYD NZL 15 11 7 16 12 61
15 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 11 15 16 5 14 61
16 Andrea BOTERO COY COL 16 9 12 15 16 68

 

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