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Day 4

Minsk Arena, Belarus

 

Race Writeup

Sprint Finals

1-2 Gold Medal ride

Rebecca James (GBR) has filled some big shoes left by Victoria Pendleton to became World Sprint champion after a tough three race match up. Vogel took the first sprint but James caught Vogel on the line in the second race to force the decider. In the final race, James led from the front. She forced Vogel up the banking and dove down with one lap to go. James had to wait for the photo decision before she could celebrate.

3-4 Place 

Wai Sze Lee (HKG) won the bronze medal after two straight wins agains Shuang guo (CHN). In both cases the judges had to go to the photo finish to decide the winner.  

Points Race

Jarmila Machacova (CZE) rode a tactical race and in doing so she secure the World Points race title. Despite a last minute attack to try to win overall, Mexican Sofia Arreola Navarro could only manage second on the line, but it confirmed her final position in the silver medal. In the battle for bronze, former champion Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) clawed away at the sprint points to put her in third. 

The attacks started from the second lap. Malgorzate Wojtyre (POL) went first  but the bunch were quick to reach. As the first sprint approached Kirsten Wild (NED) won the first sprint. Immediately Stephanie Pohl (GER) went on the attack. She held onto win the next sprint. As the bunch slowed, Alena Dylko (BLR) attacked. Jamie Wong (HKG), Machacova and Arreola Navarro went with her. They caught the Belarusian and passed her. The three, Mexico, Hong Kong and Czech Republic riders, then went on and managed to gain a lap after 28 laps of the track. This was the decisive move. Machacova did not sit back however she continued to battle for sprint points for the rest of the race. 

It was the battle for bronze that was the most exciting. Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) tried hard to gain a lap, but when that did not happen, she worked hard to gain as many sprint points as possible. Bronzini scored points in all but two of the 10 sprints to move her gradually up the ranking. 

Omnium- Elimination

Laura Trott (GBR) won the elimination race ahead of Sarah Hammer (USA) and Katarzyna Pawlowska (POL). The win moved Trott up into third place going into Day 2. Hammer leads the overall with 9 points. Pawlowska is second with 11 points and Trott third with 14. 

Comments:

Sprint

Rebecca James (GBR) was in a little bit of shock after becoming the World Sprint champion, “It is my first year in the senior championships. To be sitting here with a rainbow jersey and a gold medal is amazing. I had a good run thrugh the qualification rounds and I think that my road training coming into these championships really helped with my stamina and speed,” said James.

Kristina Vogel (GER) was a very disappointed silver medallist. When you see the opportunity to win gold, you want it. I made a mistake in the second race and paid for it. I have a silver medal, which is better than last year,” said Vogel.

Wai Sze Lee (HKG) won her second medal in the Sprint, “This was is very special for me. The sprint is an Olympic event. I think I can do better, so this is a great start,” said Lee.

Jan Van Eijden (Great Britain Sprint  Coach) talked about the talent that is Rebecca James. “It is hard to tell where she was coming into the competition. But we knew that she is in the form of her life. In the last 12 months she has been healthy. She has not had the illness nor the set-backs that she had previously. Therefore she had a clear run into the worlds,” said Eijden.

There are obvious questions as to whether James will be as good as Victoria Pendleton in the future, “If you look back at Vicky’s career, it is outstanding. I would not like to compare them because Vicky has retired. There are younger athletes coming through. You can see Becky has ridden fantastically in the Team Sprint, she got a gold medal in the 500m TT and the way she won the sprint, you don’t need to compare her with Vicky, because it is Becky James,” added Eijden. “If you do want me to compare, Vicky when she was racing would have real high’s and lows. You saw Becky was able to control her emotions. Even, after she lost the first race in the sprint. She was able to control her emotions,” reflected Eijden.

 

Points

Jarmila Machacova (CZE) was a very deserving gold medal winner. She took a lap and continued to contest the sprints to secure her lead, “It is amazing. I can’t believe it. It was important to take the lap. It meant I was only fighting against the people who I took the lap with. I tried to breath a bit and then try to win some points. The Mexican was much fitter towards the end. I was dead. I was lucky the Russian took the final sprint and I won,” said Machacova.

Sofia Arreola Navarro (MEX) rode a tactical Points race and just missed out on the Gold. “One point from gold, I can’t believe it. I am still happy. This is my first medal in the senior World Championships,” said Arreloa Navarro.

Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) is a former World Champion in the Points race, she pushed all the way through the race to win as many points as possibe, “I am surprised. I tried to go on an attack to take a lap rather than have to do the sprints. It was a tough race. I am sad I missed the lap but I am happy with my form. The riders who wanted my wheel could not hold it in the sprint, so I am happy,” said Bronzini.

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Results  

Sprint Finals

1-2

Final Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Gold Rebecca JAMES GBR X X
Silver Kristina VOGEL GER X

 

3-4 -Bronze Medal

Final Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Bronze Wai Sze LEE HKG X X
4th Shuang GUO CHN

 

Points Race

Position Name Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Lap Taken Lap Lost Total
Gold Jarmila MACHACOVA CZE 5 1 1 3 20 30
Silver Sofia ARREOLA NAVARRO MEX 3 3 3 20 29
Bronze Giorgia BRONZINI ITA 2 2 3 5 1 5 2 2 22
4 Wan Yiu Jamie WONG HKG 2 20 22
5 Kirsten WILD NED 5 5 3 3 1 17
6 Anastasiya CHULKOVA RUS 3 5 5 13
7 MASAGUE DOMINGUEZ CUB 3 5 2 1 11
8 Dani KING GBR 1 1 2 2 2 8
9 Stephanie POHL GER 5 1 1 7
10 Malgorzata WOJTYRA POL 5 5
11 Lotte KOPECKY BEL 1 2 3
12 Hiroko ISHII JPN 3 3
13 Caroline RYAN IRL 0
14 Alena DYLKO BLR 0
15 Jasmin GLAESSER CAN 0
16 Valeriya KONONENKO UKR -20 -20
20 Ashlee ANKUDINOFF AUS DNF


Omnium- Elimination

Position Name Country
1 Laura TROTT GBR
2 Sarah HAMMER USA
3 Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA POL
4 Lisa BRENNAUER GER
5 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO ESP
6 Annette EDMONDSON AUS
7 Simona FRAPPORTI ITA
8 Li HUANG CHN
9 Lucie ZALESKA CZE
10 Ivanna BOROVYCHENKO UKR
11 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG
12 Tamara BALABOLINA RUS
13 Alzbeta PAVLENDOVA SVK
14 Laurie BERTHON FRA
15 Volha MASIUKOVICH BLR
16 Gillian CARLETON CAN
17 Els BELMANS BEL
Overall Ranking
Position Name Country Flying Lap Points Elimination Pursuit Scratch Time Trial Total
1 Sarah HAMMER USA 4 3 2 9
2 Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA POL 6 2 3 11
3 Laura TROTT GBR 3 10 1 14
4 Annette EDMONDSON AUS 1 8 6 15
5 Lisa BRENNAUER GER 12 1 4 17
6 Leire OLABERRIA DORRONSORO ESP 5 9 5 19
7 Li HUANG CHN 8 4 8 20
8 Xiao Juan DIAO HKG 10 7 11 28
9 Gillian CARLETON CAN 2 12 16 30
10 Simona FRAPPORTI ITA 17 6 7 30
11 Tamara BALABOLINA RUS 7 14 12 33
12 Els BELMANS BEL 13 5 17 35
13 Laurie BERTHON FRA 9 13 14 36
14 Ivanna BOROVYCHENKO UKR 15 11 10 36
15 Lucie ZALESKA CZE 11 17 9 37
16 Volha MASIUKOVICH BLR 14 15 14 43
17 Alzbeta PAVLENDOVA SVK 16 16 13 45

 

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