2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

 

On day three there was just one title on offer - the individual pursuit - plus the start of the sprint competition.

 

Women's Individual Pursuit 

 

Australia proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with when they won another gold medal on Friday.  This time it was Rebecca Wiasak, who had had to sit out the team pursuit, but she put that disappointment to one side by taking the individual pursuit title ahead of American Jennifer Valente of the US and fellow Aussie Amy Cure.  Wiasak set the fastest time and a new National Record in qualifying with 3:27.018 and was clearly the fastest in the medal ride off, where she secured the rainbow jersey by beating Valente with a time of 3:30.305, more than three seconds faster than the US rider.

 

In the bronze medal ride Amy Cure beat defending champion, Great Britain's Joanna Roswell, who’s form has been disappointing in these championships.

 

The defending champion told British cycling "You're never really going to be happy with fourth, but you can see that across the board everyone has stepped up.

 

"Everyone was down about yesterday (after the team pursuit defeat), but I came out today and I was determined to fight.

 

"Fourth in the world isn't bad. I can't complain really. It shows what a good achievement it was winning those two golds last year.

 

"Last year I was absolutely flying and it went perfectly. This year has been a real battle."

 

Results:


Gold Rebecca Wiasak (Australia) 3:30.305
Silver Jennifer Valente (United States Of America) 3:33.867
Bronze Amy Cure (Australia) 3:32.907
4 Joanna Rowsell (Great Britain) 3:36.330
5 Katie Archibald (Great Britain)  
6 Jasmin Glaesser (Canada)  
7 Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand)  
8 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)  
9 Elise Delzenne (France)  
10 Mieke Kroeger (Germany)  
11 Georgia Amy Williams (New Zealand)  
12 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)  
13 Eugenia Bujak (Poland)  
14 Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)  
15 Edita Mazureviciute (Lithuania)  
16 Edyta Jasinska (Poland)  
17 Silvia Valsecchi (Italy)  
18 Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spain)  
19 Yao Pang (Hong Kong, China)  
20 Inna Metalnykova (Ukraine)  

 

 

Women’s Sprint

 

Day two also saw Kristina Vogel of Germany begin her defence of the sprint title she won in Columbia 12 months ago.  12 riders went under 11 seconds and the top four: Tianshi Zhong of China, Elise Ligtlee of the Netherlands, Stephanie Morton of Australia and Kristina Vogel of Germany all made their way through the early rounds to set themselves up for the medal rides on Saturday.

 

In the race for fifth through eighth places, China's Shuang Guo took the win ahead of Russia's Anastasia Voynova, Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite and Great Britain's Jessica Varnish.

 

Saturday will see the start of the omnium and the women’s scratch race.

 

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