2013 UCI Track World Championships
Minsk Arena, Belarus
Sarah Hammer (USA) secured her 5th World Championship in the Pursuit after she completed a strong gold medal ride against the 20 year old Australian. Cure started fast but it was Hammer who finished the strongest. Hammer caught Cure just before the final lap to win gold again. Cure secured the second medal for Australia.
Annette Edmondson (Australia) secured the bronze medal after a strong second ride. Edmondson never looked troubled in her race against the Canadian.
Germany secured the gold medal fro a second year after a tough final against China. The Chinese were up for on the first lap but Kristina Vogel completed a fast second lap to win.
In the bronze medal ride, Great Britain came from behind to win, with a blistering second lap from Becky James. Australia had to settle for 4th just 5/100th behind.
2012 World and Olympic champions Germany secured a gold medal ride with a time of 33.150 seconds just 1/100th ahead of China. Great Britain and Australia both with new combinations will ride for bronze.
Hammer (USA) secured her 5th World Individual Pursuit
title, “Everyone was a great individual win, but to have five is special.
When I started, I said I would love to have the number five. I don’t know
why but now I have it, it is special. It was different for me compared to
Amy [Cure]. I knew I could draw on all of my experience to pace myself
right. I always know the legs don’t feel great towards the end, but I knew
how to get through it. Amy went out very fast and paid for it a little in
the end. It is a great result her. She is still so young,” said Hammer
Cure (AUS) was overjoyed with her ride in the Pursuit,
“I am really stoked. It is my first senior medal at a World Championships,
so I can’t complain,” said Cure.
Edmondson (AUS) was a little disappointed not to be riding for a
gold medal, but the bronze was still a pleasure, “I am happy. I did not
know what to expect and where the competition would be at. I think I would
have liked to have gone a little bit faster.
I was a few seconds off my personal best. It was a bit of a slower
track than we expected. I gave it my all, so I have to be happy,” said
Brown (CAN) missed out on an Olympic race so it was great to be
racing in Minsk. “This has been my first chance to do an Individual
Pursuit at a world class level. I did a personal best time, so I am
happy,” said Brown.
“I am motivated this year. I went to the Olympics as the forth riders and did not get to ride. I am hungry for success so the next four years are going to be great,” added Brown.
Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte (GER) had an incredible 2012 ending the year as World and Olympic Team Sprint champions. They started 2013 in the same vein, "It is good isn't it," said Vogel. "It was amazing. After the Olympics it was really hard, then both Miriam and I had to complete out police training in January. We did not have much time to prepare. We came here not knowing if we were going to be able to get a medal. But we have, it is gold, so it is so amazing," added Vogel.
Miriam Welte added to Vogel's joy, "I did not accept that we could be the World Champions again. It has been pretty hard the last month to prepare. To come away with gold is incredible."
Guo and Jinjie Gong (CHN) were a little disappointed not to win
but happy with a silver medal, "It was tough racing again so
close to the Olympics. We did everything we could, so we are happy," said
Becky James and Victoria Williamson (GBR) won their first medal of the championships. The new British pair won bronze, beating Australia. "It was hard for Vicky stepping in after Jess [Varnish] was injured. She really stepped up today. To be honest, we were both a bit 'gob smacked' when we looked up and realised we had won," said James
"To come away with a medal on the first day is a bonus. I am looking forward to the rest of the week now," added James
Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton (AUS) were a little disappointed with 4th. "It was always going to be tough," said McCulloch. "This is Step's first world titles on a single bike, so she has done incredibly well. For me it was my first time as the starter. We were both up for a pretty big challenge. Unfortunately it did not come off. A fourth place at this level is nothing to be ashamed of," added McCulloch.
Stephanie Morton (AUS) was filling so bit shoes in the sprint team. "With Anna [Meares] not being here I did have some big shoes to fill. This is my first championships on a single bike so to be able to compete for a medal was great, " said Morton.
Individual Pursuit Final
Team Sprint Final
Team Sprint Qualifying
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