Rio Track Program Concludes with Three Gold Medals Awarded

Rio Track Program Concludes with Three Gold Medals Awarded

Track Cycling
Track Cycling

Track cycling at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro concluded on Tuesday with three titles awarded. Great Britain continues to dominate, taking two golds, to bring their total to six gold, four silver and one bronze. Germany took the third title awarded, their first gold on the track at these Games.

Jason Kenny of Great Britain won his third gold medals of these Games in the Men’s Keirin, sweeping the sprint events. He is now tied with former team mate Sir Chris Hoy for the most gold medals by a British athlete. The Men’s Keirin final was delayed by two false starts when riders overtook the pace bike before it pulled off, but on the third attempt, Kenny was clearly the strongest, pulling away in the final lap and actually able to ease off slightly as he crossed the line. Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands took silver and Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia won bronze.

“It’s surreal to win again, it always is,” commented Kenny. “Every [gold medal] is special and has its own memory. It’s good that no one was taken out of the race [after the two false starts], but I have a feeling we would have finished in pretty similar placings had they just let us go the first time. Usually when they shoot the gun someone gets disqualified, but it was very tight between the riders, so I think ultimately the right decision was made.”

“At my first Olympics in Beijing, I knew we had something special, and we matched it in London. I never thought we would get anywhere near it here, but we’ve turned up and done the business again.”

Men’s Keirin Podium

The Women’s Omnium concluded its second day of competition with the final three events, and Laura Trott of Great Britain successfully defended her title to win her second gold medal of the Games and the fourth of her career. Trott began the second day with an eight point lead over Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium, followed by Sarah Hammer of the United States a further two points back. The British rider finished second in the 500 metre Time Trial and won the Flying Lap, to enter the final Points Race with 196 points, 24 ahead of D’Hoore and Hammer, who were tied at 172 points. Trott maintained her lead through the Points Race to finish with 230 points, while Hammer and D’Hoore battled for silver. The two traded spots for much of the race, but the American finally pulled clear in the final few sprints to take silver with 206 points, followed by D’Hoore at 199.

“I didn’t feel that good to start with,” revealed Trott. “Even with the Team Pursuit [which Trott and her team mates won in world record time], I didn’t feel that good taking my turns. So I didn’t know how the Omnium was going to go. In the [opening] Scratch Race I was feeling a little iffy, so I took it one race at a time, and I felt more and more confident as the racing went on.”

Women’s Omnium Podium

The final title awarded on the track was for the Women’s Sprint, where Kristina Vogel of Germany had to beat two British riders for the gold medal. Vogel beat Katy Marchant in the semi-final round and then Rebecca James in the gold medal final. Vogel finished the last race without her saddle, which broke off in the final metres. Marchant beat Keirin champion Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands for bronze.

“I finished without a saddle!,” exclaimed Vogel. “It was crazy. I had some problems with the bike before the race and we tried to fix it, but obviously not enough. I will have a special place in my home now for both the medal and the saddle. We all want to beat them [the British]; it seems like they do not train for three years, and then they start and just kill us. I am so happy; every year you train better, you eat better, you try to improve all the time.”

Women’s Sprint Podium

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UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

Alyda Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race

 

Alyda Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race

 

Dutch paracyclist Alyda Norbruis stole the show yet again Sunday, in Apeldoorn (NED), with her third victory at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. British Men’s and Women’s tandem teams rocketed Great Britain to the top of the final standings.

Already having been crowned queen of the Time Trail and Pursuit Races earlier in the competition, Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race. American athlete Jamie Whitmore-Cardenas came in for the silver medal, while Germany’s Denise Schindler took the bronze.

In the C4-5 class, American Greta Neimanas took home the rainbow jersey and top honours. Poland’s Anna Harkowska and Britain’s Crystal Lane finished second and third, respectively.

“Towards the end of the race, I realized that I could get the win. The last ten laps were the longest of my life! My teammate Sam was phenomenal making sure others weren’t able to attack. I don’t think I could have done it alone,” acknowledged Neimanas, for whom this victory is the third World Championships title of her career.

In men’s racing, Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford won the gold in the 15 kilometer Scratch Race in the C1-3 category. American Joseph Berenyi earned the silver medal, while Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio took the bronze.

In the C4-5 class, Australia’s Alistair Donohoe was the first over the line after 60 laps. Brazil’s Soelito Gohr – former Scratch Race World Champion – finished with the silver medal, ahead of Australia’s Michael Gallagher.

Speed-based races for Blind or Vision-Impaired athletes also took place Sunday. Briton Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott retained their World Championships title in the tandem race, crossing the line before Australian duo Brandie O’Connor and pilot Breanna Hargrave, who last year earned the same silver medal honours in 2014 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

This marked Thornhill and Scott’s second win on the Apeldoorn track, where they also won in the 1 kilometer Time Trial Race. “We had a great day and a brilliant week. It’s really fantastic to have won against the Australian duo and keep the rainbow jersey. My pilot and I did a great job tactically today; I am extremely happy,” commented Thornhill, who at 19 years of age has a bright future indeed.

Japan’s tandem team of Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka (pilot) were proud recipients of the bronze medal, dominating New Zealand’s Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather (pilot) for the third place.

In men’s racing, Great Britain’s Neil Fachie and Peter Mitchell (pilot) retained their Sprint Race World Championships rainbow jerseys by defeating Spain’s Jose Enrique Porto Lareo and Jose Antonio Villanueva Trinidad (pilot) in the final.

“It was a great competition for Peter and I. It’s always difficult when you’re defending a World Championship title, but with the Paralympic Games around the corner, we were able to show that we’re still very much in the running and we can still be a medal threat. Overall, we’re really pleased,” analyzed Fachie, who also tasted victory Thursday with Mitchell in the Time Trial Race.

Dutch athletes Tristan Bangma and Teun Mulder (pilot) got the better of Gemany’s Kai-Kristian Kruse and Stefan Nimke in the battle for third place.

In the Mixed Team Sprint final, China’s Chinois Xie Hao, Wei Guoping and Duan Baobin took gold over 2014 World Champions, Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio, Amador Granados Alkorta and Alfonso Cabello Llamas, who had to settle for silver.

Russians Nikita Nagnibedov, Sergey Batukov and Sergey Ustinov stepped onto the remaining spot of the podium after a victory against Americans Jennifer Schuble, Joseph Berenyi, and Christopher Murphy in the bronze medal final.

In the final rankings, Great Britain finished at the head of the proverbial class with nine medals, comprising seven gold. China was close behind in second with ten medals, six of which were gold, while the United States of America occupied third with twelve medals, four of which were gold.

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Five Titles Awarded on Second Day of Track Championships

Five Titles Awarded on Second Day of Track Championships

Five Titles Awarded on Second Day of Track Championships

Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins of Australia won the Team Pursuit golden medal

 

Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins of Australia won the Team Pursuit golden medal

 

Day 2 of the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, saw five world titles awarded, with a second world record also set.

The first title was awarded in the women’s 500 metre individual time trial, with the same three medalists as last year, but reverse order. Russia’s Anastasia Voynova took gold after finishing in the bronze medal position last year, while world record holder Anna Meares of Australia retained silver, and defending champion Miriam Welte of Germany dropped to bronze.

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The Team Pursuit for both women and men concluded this evening, with Australia finally breaking Great Britain’s four year winning streak to take the title in a record-breaking time of 4:13.683; almost three seconds faster than the previous record of Great Britain, who took silver. Canada defeated New Zealand for the bronze medal.

“For the past couple of months all four of us have all been training inside and out, really hard,” explained Amy Cure. “It is so special to share these special moments with these girls. We couldn’t ask for anything else.”

“Beating the Brits, who have dominated the past few years and we’ve always been trying to top them. They put out a bloody good effort, setting pretty much a world record as well and it took a lot to beat them, but we did.”

The men’s gold medal final was one of the most exciting of the evening, with a seesaw battle between New Zealandand Great Britain that saw the two nations swap the lead multiple times before the New Zealand pulled away in the final lap and half to win by six-tenths of a second.

“Yes we are very proud,” agreed Dylan Kennett. “We are a super young team. In the Final the oldest was 21. Regan [Gough] is only 18, so it’s pretty crazy really for that to be the first team to win one.”

“Beating the Brits, two time Olympic Champions, and having the Aussies on the third step there … a pretty special feeling to top those two teams. Beating Great Britain in the finals is something you dream of.”

The men’s Scratch Race saw a race winning break of five riders develop just past the halfway mark, with Lucas Liss of Germany attacking the other members of the breakaway as they lapped trailing riders, and then hanging on for the win. Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) took silver ahead of Bobby Lea of the United States.

“This is the first time for me that I am World Champion. It is a very nice feeling,” said Liss. My father was World Champion in the Men’s Team Time Trial in 1973, I hope he is very happy now. Now we have two World Champions jerseys at home. It is a great feeling.”

The biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the men’s Keirin, with defending champion Francois Pervis of host France taking a thrilling win in a last lap attack. Edward Dawkins (New Zealand) just held off Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) for silver.

“Yes, this title is better than last year,” Pervis said. “Last year was my first title and that is always special. A back-to-back title is always great, but to win here in France, in my town in front of my fan club, my family, my public, it is unbelievable.”

“All this winter I had very bad condition, never made a very good time in the training and all my competitions were very bad results. In my head it was very difficult. I crashed one month ago and it was hard on my motivation. But I was World Champion and wanted to be World Champion in France, so I must be motivated. I couldn’t give up.”

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships continue on Friday with three titles to be awarded in the women’s Individual Pursuit, the men’s kilometre metre time trial and the men’s points race. The women’s sprint and men’s Omnium also begin.

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UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Action returns to Cali

UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Action returns to Cali

UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Action returns to Cali

2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Cali (COL)

 

2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Cali (COL)

 

In the last few days, François Pervis has made it clear on social media that he is happy to be in Cali. It was at the Colombian velodrome nearly a year ago that the French athlete went down in history as the first track cyclist to win the kilometre, individual sprint and keirin world titles. In Cali once again, he will have one goal: prepare to defend his crowns next month in front of his home crowd in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Absent from the first round in Guadalajara, Pervis is not in the running for the overall ranking. The other star of the last World Championships, Kristina Vogel, will not compete in Colombia. The German athlete is currently training in South Africa with a view to being in her best shape at Saint-Quentin.

Great Britain’s senior endurance teams that competed in the Guadalajara and London World Cup rounds will make way for academy talent in Colombia. Five young athletes aged 18 and 19 will represent British Cycling in the men’s endurance events. Meanwhile the world-beating women’s endurance squad will miss the Cali round after performing impressively in Mexico and London. In their place, British interests will be served by the Team USN trade squad.

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The Australians, who arrived in Colombia without luggage or bikes after a rather unpredictable trip, will make the most of the Cali stopover to try out some of their young athletes. Among them is Macey Stewart, Juniors World Champion in the Omnium and in the road time trial at Ponferrada last September.

“The Cali World Cup is an important opportunity for our developing athletes to gain crucial big event exposure and to experience and manage the travel required of elite track athletes at the international level,” said Kevin Tabotta, National Performance Director, Cycling Australia.

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UCI Track World Cup – Truly a German evening

UCI Track World Cup – Truly a German evening

UCI Track World Cup – Truly a German evening

Kristina Vogel of Germany edging her Russian opponent at the very end of the race

 

Kristina Vogel of Germany edging her Russian opponent at the very end of the race

 

Men’s Madison: the British triumph
After winning the Team pursuit the day before, Mark Christian and Owain Doull climbed onto the highest step of the London podium for the second time in twenty-four hours. The three-time national Champion in the discipline and his team-mate rode a bold race.

By taking one lap from their opponents 42 laps from the end, they thus deprived of victory the French duo of Coquard-Fournier, who were leading up to that point.

The British pair then knew how to capitalise on its gain, letting their rivals fight it out amongst themselves for the remaining places on the podium.

These were subsequently taken by the New Zealanders (second place) and the Germans (third place).

“We can’t thank the public enough”, said Christian. “Competing in such an atmosphere is truly an advantage. It’s a real boost.”

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Men’s Keirin: Bötticher the strong man of the day
A keirin final is always a highly colourful event. Though boistered by his delirious fans, Jason Kenny’s gamble didn’t come off. Unwell during the week, he had to go into a play-off, where he dominated the 2014 World Champion, François Pervis, to continue with the competition.

During a turbulent final, the crowd’s favourite couldn’t manage to pull out of the pack and gave up, finishing in sixth place.

The World Individual sprint Champion, the German Stefan Bötticher, who had made a strong impression all through the tournament, won convincingly ahead of Puerta Zappata from Columbia, and the Greek Volikakis.

Overall ranking
On the podium twice, Fabian Puerta Zappata takes the lead in the overall ranking with 255 points, ahead of Jason Kenny (211). 

Women Points Race: Cure wins by one point
In an over-charged atmosphere, with the crowd committed to the cause of the British representatives, Amy Cure, the 31-year-old Australian, proved that she was really the star of the Points Race.

The UCI World Champion in this specialty rode with intelligence, fighting off Jasmin Glaesser from Canada, one of her main opponents over many seasons, and whom she now leads by a single point (34 to 33).

Very actively involved during the whole race, the Briton Elinor Barker climbed on the third step of the podium.

Women Sprint: Vogel makes her comeback
Absent from the first round of the UCI World Cup, Kristina Vogel, the German rider born in Kyrgyzstan, is back.

The three times 2014 World Champion won the individual sprint tournament without conceding a single round.

Eighth best time in the 200 metres flying start, she then managed the laps with ease to face the Russian Anastasiia Voinova in the final.
There again, the 24-year-old sprint star dominated her opponent in two rounds.The Dutch girl Elis Ligtlee beat Tianshi Zhong from China to secure third place.

Overall ranking
Voinova consolidates her first place obtained after her success in Mexico. She is 45 points ahead of Shuang Guo, her Chinese opponent.

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UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Double victory in Team pursuit for British cyclists

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Double victory in Team pursuit for British cyclists

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Double victory in Team pursuit for British cyclists

Team GB male pursuiters heading to the victory, in London

 

Team GB male pursuiters heading to the victory, in London

 

The Australians cyclists weep while the Brits rejoice. After their victory in the qualifier (4’00’’577), an unfortunate puncture in the first round of the Men Team pursuit shattered the hopes of the World Champions in this discipline. The British cyclists could not have wished for a better start in front of their own crowd. Steven Burke, Mark Christian, Owain Doull and Andrew Tennant rode to victory over the four kilometres in a time of 4’01’’151. New Zealand (Pieter Bulling, Westley Gough, Cameron Karwoski and Myron Simpson) had to concede defeat, taking second place. The Danes, with in particular Casper Pedersen (18 years old), Lasse Norman Hansen, Rasmus Christian Quaade and Casper Von Folsach climbed on the third step of the podium at the expense of Switzerland.

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Overall ranking
The British athletes have taken a great step towards victory in the Team pursuit in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. After two rounds, they have 570 points, against 480 points for Australia, which has taken a knock on the London track. New Zealand is in third place with 480 points.

Women Team pursuit: Great-Britain confirms its position
Eagerly awaited by the whole nation, the Pursuit team girls did not flag. In front of their own crowd, Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne (who replaced Rowsell in the final) won the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the London velodrome. The British foursome came home in 4’22’’194 in front of the Australians (4’24’’335). With a time of 4’24’’188, Canada dominated China and grabbed the third place on the podium.

Overall ranking
The calculation is simple. After two rounds and as many victories, the Brits, with 600 points, are ahead in the Team pursuit in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. Behind them, Canada and Australia have 510 and 480 points respectively.

Men Team sprint: German domination
Just over two years ago, Chris Hoy led his teammates Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes towards the Team sprint Olympic title. But Sir Chris has now retired from the track, and during the first evening of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London, his two former teammates had to be content with a modest seventh place. Victory went to the German trio made up of René Enders, Robert Forstemann and Joachim Eilers. With their win in the qualifiers (43’’700), the three men were impressive in the final, coming home in front of the Team Jayco AIS and the New Zealand World Champions. “We took some risks by changing the order of the riders for the final. But I think it was a good decision” stated Detlef Uibel, the German national coach.

Overall ranking
Six weeks away from the final in Cali, the Germans take the lead in the Team sprint of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. With 427.5 points, they are ahead of Great-Britain and New Zealand (360 points).

Women Team sprint: Chinese revenge
Two years later, a final identical to that of the London Olympic Games: Germany against China. However, unlike in 2012, it was the “Middle Empire” girls who dominated on the British track. At first declared the winners, Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte were finally second. It was necessary to consult the photo-finish to decide which of the two teams arrived first. Tianshi Zhong and Jinjie won in 33’’010 against 33’’024 for the Germans! Russia with Ekaterina Gnidenko and Anastasiia Voinova are third in front of Team Jayco AIS with Stephanie Morton and Anna Meares.

Overall ranking
Despite the second place of the day, Germany remains in first position in the Team sprint of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, with 270 points. Russia and the Netherlands are on the provisional podium with 240 and 203 points respectively.

Men Points Race: Eloy Teruel Rovira is the winner
With four sprint victories, Eloy Teruel Rovira was a logical winner in the Points Race of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London. The Spaniard came in ahead of Kenny De Ketele from Belgium (34 points) and Eduardo Sepulveda from Argentina (31 points).

Women Scratch: convincing victory for Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano
Having arrived second last year in Guadalajara, the Colombian Jannie Milena Salcedo Zambrano was the architect of a great win with her London victory. She arrived ahead of Lauren Stephens, the American cyclist, the only girl to finish the same lap. Katarzyna Pawlowska from Poland was third.

The races continue today, Saturday, and will be live Sunday on www.youtube.com/ucichannel