UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark
Third in Glasgow last year, Casper Pedersen was crowned UCI Juniors World Champion in the Omnium on the Gwang Myeong velodrome in South Korea on Monday. He scored 200 points to take the title in front of Australian Sam Welsford (181 points) and South Korea’s Jihun Kim Koree (175 points). It was a very close battle for the last podium spot, with the French athlete Valentin Madouas finishing on 173 points. Danish coach Martin Lollesgaard said: “He came go get gold. All season we have been concentrating on the World Championships Omnium. He was a bit nervous on the eve of the last day but he managed to sleep well. Then it was just a question of concluding….” Two years after Lasse Norman Hansen’s Olympic title, Denmark has demonstrated that it has an impressive pool of talent in this discipline.
Women’s sprint: Field after a long wait
Australia had been waiting 16 years for this moment. Since Rosealee Hubbard’s victory in 1998, no Australian woman had ever won the sprint at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. Only sixth in the qualifying rounds, Courtney Fields dominated the Russian Tatiana Kiseleva in three rounds to win the rainbow jersey. In doing so she clocked up a time of 11”635 (61.882km/h). Belgium’s Nicky Degrendele took the bronze medal after beating local athlete Jang Yeonhee.
Points race: title for Valbuena
Camila Valbuena is the first Colombian woman to win the points race at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. The young athlete from Bogota finished the competition with 49 points, compared to 41 points for the Japanese Yumi Kajihara. Australia’s Josie Talbot, who won gold with the pursuit team, claimed bronze with 22 points. Valbuena, a first-year junior, was almost at a loss for words after her victory: “It’s an honour to wear this jersey, a dream come true. I still can’t believe it and it will certainly take me some time. Now I need to keep working to win more medals…”
Tuesday will see the final day of competition of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. Follow the action live (in Korean only)
Photo: Junior Men’s Omnium podium