Five world titles were awarded on the second day of competition of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia. Francois Pervis in the keirin and the British women’s pursuit team started as the arch-favourites and they were up to the challenge, both winning gold. Australia’s Alexander Edmondson clinched his first crown in the individual pursuit while the other rainbow jerseys went to Ivan Kovalev in the men’s Scratch and Miriame Welte on the 500 metres.
Men’s pursuit – Edmondson keeps Australia on top
Already crowned in the team pursuit the previous day, Alexander Edmondson made it two by taking the individual honours. In the final, the Australian won in 4:22.582 ahead of Swiss Stefan Kueng, timed in 4:22.995. New Zealand’s Marc Ryan was third in 4:22.895. After Jack Bobridge in 2011 and Michael Hepburn in 2012 and 2013, Edmondson continues the Australian domination in the event. “Well people who say dreams don’t come true are wrong. I proved tonight they do! What a magical moment!” said Edmondson. He also teased his younger sister Annette (bronze in the team pursuit) on social media: “I think I will win the Family Cup.”
Men’s Keirin – Pervis made it
Francois Pervis had made his ambitions clear in Cali. He was going for three golds: in the kilometre, the sprint and the keirin. Mission accomplished for the first of his three challenges. The Frenchman won the keirin’s first heat before dominating a tough semi-final ahead of Maximilian Levy and Jason Kenny. In the final, he beat local hero Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata while Dutchman Matthijs Buchli snatched the bronze. Since the victory of Laurent Gane in 2003, no Frenchman had been crowned in the discipline. “Francois was strong from start to finish. There were many crashes and tough races but he played it right all the time, perfectly gauging his rivals,” said French coach Justin Grace. Pervis now tackles the kilometre, the event in which he also holds the world record in 56.303.
Men’s scratch – Kovalev on top
Glory day for Ivan Kovalev, who gave Russia their first ever title in the Scratch. Since 2002, no Russian had even made it on the world podium. Kovalev finally had the upper hand over defending champion Martyn Irvine of Ireland while Hong Kong’s King Lok Cheung was third.
Women’s 500 metres – Miriam Welte can do it alone
A three times world and Olympic champion in the team sprint, Germany’s Miriam Welte showed she could do it on her own when she won the 500 metres for her first individual title. “I made it, I’m so happy! It’s one of the best days in my career. I have no words to describe this. I just want to thank my team,” said 27-year-old Welte. In 33.451, she beat world record holder and clear favourite Anna Meares. The Australian superstar, in 33.548, had to be content with silver but it was still her 21st world medal! Only Sir Chris Hoy did better with 25 medals. Russia’s Anastasia Voinova was third.
Women’s team pursuit – Unbeatable Brits
World record holders and arch-favourites, the British team pursuit perfectly delivered on the day. In 4:23.407, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell took their fourth title in succession. “Well we like to keep things exciting! Canada put up one hell of a fight. So happy to win my 4th TP World title,” wrote Trott on her Twitter account. Canada was second in 4:24.695. Winners of the World Cup and third last year, Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, Allison Beveridge and Stephanie Roorda went one step higher. Australia was third.
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