UCI Track World Championship: A night of firsts

UCI Track World Championship: A night of firsts

Women’s sprint – Vogel flies
Kristina Vogel’s crowned a perfect season by seizing the only title still eluding her in the women’s sprint. Already crowned in the team event with Miram Welte, the German was simply too strong for the rest of the field. China provided a strong challenge with Tianshi Zhong and Junhong Lin but had to settle for the lower steps of the podium. Germany had been waiting for a world gold in the discipline since 1986, when East-German Christa Rothenburger was the fastest woman on the planet. Runner-up last year in Minsk, Vogel has made it at last: “I had been waiting for this for so long. My dream comes true at last. I’m so happy but I will have to wait to celebrate since I still have the keirin,” she said. Another gold is a possibility.

Men’s omnium – Boudat young but versatile
At just 20, Thomas Boudat proved you could be an all-rounder at a young age when he won the omnium title for France. Tenth in the flying lap, winner of the points race and elimination race, seventh in the pursuit, second in the scratch and third on the kilometre, he became the first Frenchman crowned in a discipline added to the world championship programme in 2007. In Cali, the Frenchman collected 24 points, four less than second-placed Dutchman Tim Veldt. Russia’s Viktor Manakov was third on 32 points. Less than two years after the silver medal won by Bryan Coquard at the London Olympics, France have become a real power in the versatile event. “I just don’t realise. World champion is just huge! I rode the fastest kilometre in my career, I was just euphoric,” Boudat said.  “I didn’t want to think about the title even though it was at the back of my mind.”

Women’s points race – Cure in rainbow
Third in the team pursuit, Amy Cure added a gold medal to her Cali haul by winning the women’s points race. At 21, the Australian finished with 38 points, beating Germany’s Stephanie Pohl by three points and Canada’s Jasmin Glaesser by six.  “It’s almost incredible. I was world champion four times in the juniors and I always wanted to be crowned in the elite ranks. Now just don’t have words to express what I feel,” she said. The last Australian crowned in the discipline was Katherine Bates in 2007.

The last day’s events are broadcast live on  www.youtube.com/ucichannel

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