Junior Worlds: Day 3 – Gold for Germany, France & Australia


The day’s three Gold medals went to France, Germany and Australia with Danielle Khan showing she has what it takes for another medal in the Women’s Sprint

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Women’s Sprint

The big highlight for GB was the performance of World 500 metre Champion Danielle Khan who had qualified fastest in the Women’s Sprint and went through the competition unbeaten. The final event of the day for Danielle was the quarter finals where she simply blitzed her opponent to cruise through from the front and go through a strong favourite for Gold on Saturday.

The Men’s 1 km time trial – the Kilo, for short – was Sir Chris Hoy’s speciality in the first part of his illustrious career and in the velodrome bearing his name, another new star of the future perhaps took to the top step of the podium to receive the rainbow stripes, Maximilion Dornbach (GER).

He held off the challenge of Russian Aleksandr Dubchenko and the Aussie Pursuit Champion who tried to do a ‘Phinney’ and win the sprint title but fell a tiny bit short in third place.

1 DORNBACH Maximilian GER 1:03.129 +0.000
2 DUBCHENKO Aleksandr RUS 1:03.227 +0.098
3 SHAW Zachary AUS 1:03.288 +0.159
4 COPPONI Thomas FRA 1:04.134 +1.005
5 JUNG Jeahee KOR 1:04.842 +1.713

Women’s Pursuit
No Brits in the final of this event after Amy Hill had qualified sixth in the morning and Hayley Jones in 15th place which left another battle between Russia and Australia for the Gold.

Mozharova (RUS) led for the first couple of laps, then Perry (AUS) took the lead, before the Russian fought back, only for the Aussie Perry to pull away and take the win and the gold medal in the fastest time of the day; 2:27.156.

In the bronze medal ride off, Talbot (AUS) rode the first half faster than Parra (COL) but the Colombian came back and took the lead for the third quarter, before Talbot, celebrating her seventeenth birthday, accelerated to victory and the third step of the podium to put two Aussies in the top three.

1 PERRY Lauren AUS 2:27.1560
2 MOZHAROVA Natalia RUS 2:28.6420

3 TALBOT Josie AUS 2:27.8600
4 PARRA Jessica COL 2:28.8740

Men’s Points
GB was represented in this race by Jacob Ragan who started well and was flying high in the standings early on only to drop back later in the race. The event was dominated by Ben Thomas (FRA).

He took one point in the first two sprints, then won all five points in the third sprint before he managed to get into the right attack, won the fourth sprint from his seven man breakaway group, and subsequently lapped the field with his six companions. That was the move that Ragan missed and proved costly.

Having rejoined the peloton with his one-lap advantage, he won the sixth sprint, and picked up another couple of points in the eighth. The Frenchman showed strength and race-craft in equal measure. Thomas took the gold medal by the enormous margin of twelve points. Aitcheson (NZl) took the silver medal, and Oliveira (POR) took bronze.

1 THOMAS Benjamin FRA
3 OLIVEIRA Ivo Emanuel Alv POR
4 OSORIO Juan Felipe COL

12 RAGAN Jacob GBR

Men’s Omnium
This seriously tough event saw Oliver Wood line up for Great Britain and in the first race, the flying lap (250 metres) he was 8th with 13.878 compared to the 13.524 of the winner, Marc Jurczyk of Germany.

The Points race was next for the Men’s Omnium riders and no one was allowed to get away to lap the field, although, with 49 of the 60 laps to go, a six-man group formed ahead of the peloton: Pedersen (DEN), Tsishchanka (BLR), Navarro (ARG), Estrada (COL), Müller (SUI) and Klevanov (KAZ).
Those riders mopped up the second and third intermediate sprints, and all but Klevanov would make the top eight in the race. Italy’s Riccardo Minali won Sprint Four with 20 laps to go, at the head of the peloton.

Then the Russian Strakhov attacked with Ireland’s Fallon. Strakhov took the penultimate sprint, which would bring him fourth place in the race. With eight laps to go, Silva (POR), Jurczyk (GER), Gogh (NZl), Pietrula (CZE) and Pedersen (DEN) attacked, and stayed away until the end.

Pedersen took the final sprint, which gave him the win, ahead of Tishanka (BLR), Navarro (ARG) and Strakhov (RUS).

The evening ended with the Elimination Race, the third event of the Men’s Omnium. After nine eliminations, the race as held up by a crash involving Kim (KOR), Tsishchanka (BLR) and Salie (RSA).

All three managed to rejoin the race, but were then eliminated in quick succession. Then Colombia’s quintuple Pan-American Games gold medallist Eduardo Estrada, nicely positioned among the leaders, was relegated for overtaking on the blue lane on the inside of the track.

The final three riders on the track were Edwards (AUS), Jurczyk (GER) and De Vylder (BEL). An acceleration by the Australian, with Jurczyk on his wheel, dispatched De Vylder. Then Edwards and Jurczyk rode the final couple of laps like a track sprint, won by the German with an irresistible sprint. Ollie Wood was 9th.

The result left Edwards leading the provisional Omnium standings with Britain’s Ollie Wood in 9th overall.




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