World Cup Track 2010/2011
Keirin - Top riders through, Pendleton misses out.
The level of competition in women's sprinting is incredible right now. The Keirin first round started with 36 sprinters. The Melbourne event had all of the current Olympic and World Championship medalists in attendance.
The competition was tough, only one rider went through from the first round heat, the remaining riders had to fight it out in the repechage.
In the first heat, current world champion Simona Krupeckaie (LTU) was up against a tough group that included Miriam Welte (GER) and multiple world champion, Willy Kanis (NED).
Kanis won the first heat, she was however relgated for not holding her line and Krupeckaite was awarded the win.
In heat two, Vicki Pendleton (GBR) was up against former world champion Clara Sanchez (FRA), Dutch champion Yvonne Hijgenaar and the local rider Emily Rosemond.
Sanchez attacked just before the bell, catching everyone off guard. She easily won forcing Pendleton into the repechage round.
In the third heat, Sandie Clair (FRA) secured their second rider into the next round with a comfortable win.
The new start of Lithuanian sprinting Olga Panarina had a crash to avoid and a battle with the young British rider Jess Varnish and China;s Lin Junhong. Panarina held her nerve and secured her place in the next round.
The fifth heat included the home girl, Anna Meares. Meares never looked troubled and easily secured her place in the next round.
In the final heat, the German sprinter Kristina Vogel could not be caught by Kaarlee McCulloch (AUS) to move to the next round.
In the first repechage, Kanis did not make any mistakes to ensure she went through to the next round.
The second heat result was a huge surprise, Vicki Pendleton (GBR) looked comfortable on the front going into the bell. It was a different story on the back straight. Fatehah Mustapa (MAL) moved along side Pendleton and kept driving right to the line. a photo finish had to determine the result. It went to the Malaysian.
In the third round, Emily Rosemond (JAYCO-AIS) tried hard to hold off the Chinese rider but could not manage it in the last 50m. Lin Junhong won and secured her place in the second round.
Round five, never really looked trouble for the German Miriam Welte. She easily moved through ahead of the rest of the group.
In the final round, Kaarle McCulloch (JAYCO-AIS) secured her place in a tough heat. The Canadian, Moniqu Sullivan pushed McCulloch to the line but couldn't manage to get by.
Fatahah Mustapa (Malaysia) could not hold back her smile after her result in the repechage. "I can't believeI am through. I was very concerned about being up against Vicki Pendleton (GBR). My coach John Beasely just told me to commit and not give up and that is what I did," said Mustapa.
John Beasley (Malaysian Coach) is well known for his ability to bring riders onto the international stage. Mustapa is one of his charges and he is very happy with how she is developing as a rider. "She is only 21 and just becoming a woman. We have been able some strength and more muscle mass in the last 6 months. It is starting to show in her results. She is getting quicker each time she races. The win over Vicki [Pendleton] is a huge confidence boost for me," said Beasley
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