2012 UCI Track World Championships
Day 3 - Pendleton wins Sprint Gold, Pawlowska wins Scratch race gold
Vicki Pendleton (GBR) recovered from her crash in the semi-finals to win Gold. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) was a disappointed silver medalist after being relegated.
Pendelton easily won the first race against Krupreckaite. In the second, Krupeckaite won and it looked like it was going to a decider when the commissaries rules that Krupeckaite had not held her line just into the final 50m. A shocked Pendleton fell to her knees.
Anna Meares (AUS), outsprinted Lyubov Shulika (UKR) to win bronze. Meares was not really troubled in the two heats and comfortably secured the bronze medal.
Gold for Polands Katarzyna Pawlowska, silver for Melissa Hoskins(AUS) and Kelly Druyts (BEL) bronze.
Right from the start the attacks started. Charlotte Becker (GER) attacked from the gun and despite a huge effort she could not hold off the chase from behind. Hoskins chased and eventually got help from Jamila Machacova (CZE) and Dani King (GBR).
After 10 laps they were all together. Machacova attacked again buyt this was covered by Becker. With 22 laps to go, Vera Koedooder (NED) attacked. She did not get far and the bunch moved dangerously to the top of the track.
With 10 laps to go Koedooder tried again, this time taking Becker with her. King covered the move with Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (CUB) on her wheel.
At the bell, Machacova attacked but she was swamped by the chase. In the end the Polish rider found a gap and crossed the line first. Hoskins but in a huge effort to finish second ahead of Druyts.
Omnium Points Race
Lisa Brennauer (GER) took a lap with a group of three other riders to secure top spot in the points race. In the battle for the overall standing, Annette Edmondson (AUS) sits just ahead of Laura Trott (GBR)
The attacks started almost immediately with the Ukrainian Svetlana Galyuk attacking just before the first sprint. She secured maximum points across the line. Fresh from the success of her team-mate in the earlier scratch race, Polands Malgorzata Wojtyra tried to attack just before the second sprint. She had Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL) on her wheel and Trott.
Another attack from Jamila Machacova (CZE) managed to stay, she was joined by Brennauer, Kanako Kase (JPN) and Angie Gonzalez Garcia (VEN). The four riders managed to gain a lap just before the next sprint which was won by Ausrine Trebait (LTU). Unfortunately for Trebait, she crashed just after the next sprint and the race was forced to be stopped.
With 25 laps remaining, the pace was extremely high. Trott and Edmondson moved to the front. Edmondson won the next sprint. With 19 laps to go the race was all together. Tara Whitten (CAN) attacked and Edmondson went with her. The did not get far, Trott closed the gap. At the next sprint, the Polish rider secured maximum points ahead of Brennauer.
In a dream match up for the organisers based on pre-event media, Anna Meares (AUS) and Vicki Pendleton (GBR) went out hard in the first of three match ups. Meares came round on the final bend and Pendleton moved out of the sprinters lane, clipping Meares in the process. Pendleton crashed hard.
In the second race Meares never really looked troubled by Pendleton and secured her place in the gold ride. However after the race the commissaries relegated Meares for not holding her line. In the rematch, a photo finish had to decide the result, Pendleton awarded the decision.
Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) had to fight hard in the first race against the tenacious Lyubov Shulika (UKR). Shulika moved to the front, with a lap and a half to go, but Krupeckaite managed to come round on the line.
In the second race, Krupeckaite attacked with two laps to go and Shulika could not match her speed.
Katarzyna Pawlowska (POL) was a very happy World Champion, "It is unbelievable, today is a surprise for me," said Pawlowska. "I donít believe now! Iím very happy! Oh my gosh! Itís my first medal at Worlds,Ē Pawlowska said.
Melissa Hoskins (AUS) had to battle her way to a medal in the scratch race, Hoskins said,"I had to go out four wide on the back strait to avoid being stuck in the bunch. I drifted a bit far back, with about three laps to go a move went and I thought Ďoh Iím in a bit of trouble hereí, and it got a bit messy which actually suits me, so I was like this is good thereís people everywhere,Ē Hoskins said. ďYou just have to dodge and pick and choose where you go but there are some very quick girls there," added Hoskins
Kelly Druyts (BEL) was extremely to win her first senior medal, "It was tough out there today," said Druyts. "The pace was so high and the gaps just kept closing in on you when you found them. In the end I just put my head down and went for it," added the Belgian
Pendleton (GBR) was quite emotional after being awarded the gold
medal on a technicality, "It's a bit disappointing,"
Pendleton conceded. "I mean, I'm delighted, but it's nice to win by
crossing the line first.It's a shame in some respect, but they're the
were both pushing ourselves to the limit," she said. "With Anna's
qualifying time being so exceptional yesterday I had to race a lot better
than I ever have before."
is probably the most significant; probably one of the most emotional world
titles being the last time I'm going to do this," Pendleton
reflected. "So obviously it means a lot to me. It probably means
as much as the first one which is special because I'd never thought I'd have
the ability to be a world champion."
Meares (AUS) met her arch rival in the semi-finals and crossed
the line first in the second heat, she did not know that the commissaries
were scrutinizing her ride as she waved her arm in the air, confident that
she'd just downed Pendleton 2-0.
"I really did think that I'd won it," Meares said after earning world championship bronze. "The first ride Vicky came out of the red sprinter's lane and unfortunately caused herself to crash and had she had not crashed, I'm sure she would have been relegated the same as I was relegated in the second,that's just racing. Winning is motivating enough. Losing is also motivating," said Meares.
Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) was extremely upset and disappointed by the decision of the commissaries in her race against Pendleton. "I believe I could have won here. I am in great form and feel robbed. This motivates me for London. I know I can beat both Anna [Meares'] and Vicki [Pendleton]," said Krupeckaite.
Omnium Standings after 3 events
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