Junior Worlds: Day 4 and Gold for Khan!


Showing determination in equal measure with her speed, Dannielle Khan won her second Gold medal in the Women’s Sprint on a good night for GB

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It was a good day at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow for GB with Gold for Dannielle Khan, Bronze for Hayley Jones (Women’s Points) and a fourth place for Ollie Wood (Men’s Omnium)

Women’s Sprint
After qualifying fastest the day before, Dannielle Khan did not disappoint her many fans as well as herself when she won her second Gold medal of the championships in the Women’s Sprint. Losing only one match in the whole series, Dannielle showed determination in equal measure with her speed to come back from a match down in the Gold medal final to win the next two to leave her Belgian rival Nicky Degrendele in tears.


The day began with the semi finals and in none of the Women’s Sprint semi-finals, best-of-three, was a third match needed. Both semi-finals followed the same pattern: first time round, the winners in their respective races, Dannielle Khan (GBR) and Nicky Degrendele (BEL), beat their opponents Mélissandre Pain (FRA) and Yoenhee Jang (KOR), by half a wheel in the first race, then by a bike length in the second.

The finals though were much more evenly matched and in the first race for the Bronze, there was contact between Pain (FRA) and Jang (KOR), probably more to do with the Korean trying so hard she strayed from the sprinter lane. Jang was given a warning and Pain’s victory stood. In the second race of a possible three, Jang allowed Pain to gain far too much of an advantage before starting her sprint, and victory – meaning the bronze medal – was a formality for the French girl.


Then it was the race that many many fans had their eyes on around Britain as well as at the track in Glasgow. Dannielle Khan is set to become a real darling of the Sprint set showing great talent before she’s even in the senior ranks. In the first race of the gold medal final, Nicky Degrendele (BEL) beat Dannielle Khan (GBR) easily after the British girl perhaps got a little over enthusiastic and after leading out, the Belgian cruised past to take the first match.

Work to do for Khan then! In the second match, Khan came back in the second race, measuring her effort well from the back to attack with a lap to go and hold off her rival, to make it one race each. There was to be a decider for the Gold and Dannielle did not make the same mistake as the first round, leading from the front but holding the Belgian back before hitting the turbos a lap out and sprinting ahead all the way to the line. The Gold medal was hers!

“I can’t really believe it” said the Solihull CC young lady. “I think it will take a while to sink in. I came to these championships knowing my form was good and that my training had gone well but I never expected to win one world title let alone two!”

“I made a mistake in my first race against Nicky and I felt a bit gutted but you can’t always have it your way and I knew that I really, really wanted the second world title so I put everything into those last two rides. I chatted through some scenarios with Jon Norfolk (sprint coach) and just gave it my everything and luckily it paid off.”

Women’s Point Races
There was more Girl Power in the Women’s Points race where Hayley Jones won the bronze medal. The Welsh girl, daughter of former Commonwealth Games champion and joint organiser of the Premier Calendar Five Valleys road race, Louise Jones; returned from Australia to where the family have emigrated, and spent the year racing Women’s events here riding for Node4-Giordana and training with team GB.


That determination, such a part of her mother’s arsenal as a rider, paid off and Hayley came away with a Bronze to add to the Gold in the Team Pursuit. The event was won by Arianna Fidanza (ITA) with Wundesitz (AUS) getting the silver and Hayley Jones (GBR) bronze. It was Italy’s first gold.

With 56 of the 80 laps to go, Fidanza joined Vasilieva (RUS) and Wiechmann (GER) and chased down Scratch race gold medallist Parra (COL). Wundersitz (AUS) and Jones (GBR), joined them and those six formed the decisive breakaway.

It took them 27 laps to lap the field, but crucially, while the other five escapees joined the back of the peloton before the sprint at 30 laps to go, Fidanza held back. Taking advantage of a technicality, the Italian girl ensured that she gained five points at the sprint point, while the other points went to the riders at the head of the peloton.

It was an astute piece of tactical thinking, which put her in touch with the leader, Australia’s Elissa Wundersitz. The Italian secured victory by winning the final sprint. Aussie Wundersitz won no less than three intermediate sprints, and took second on the line with Jones 4th in that final dash to the line.

Afterwards, Jones said “It feels amazing! The gold medal I won on Thursday was with the team but today it was all me for myself and I’m just as happy to win an individual medal. I had a terrible individual pursuit yesterday, so I had to get up this morning and forget yesterday and just get on with my normal race day routine and get back in the zone.”
“The race was really tough but I saw the group go and I saw some strong riders in there so I thought ‘I’m going to get on the back of that’ and it felt so good when we got the lap so I was thinking ‘I’ve got 20 points now, I just need to get a couple of sprints and I’ll be up there on the podium.’ I’m really pleased with my result today.”

Ollie Wood Surprising Himself – Men’s Omnium
GB’s Ollie Wood finished 4th in the men’s omnium but certainly made his mark even if he didn’t come away with a medal. He was second in the Pursuit after which he said on Twitter “Well I surprised myself there!”. And if that was a surprise, then better came in the Scratch race.

After a race of relentless attacking, the peloton approached the finish line intact where Ollie Wood (GBR) took the win in a photograph over Jordan Levasseur (FRA). Levasseur was then relegated for riding on the blue band, which left Jurczyk (GER) in second place, Regan Gough (NZl) third and Jack Edwards (AUS) in fourth place.

With one event left, Edwards led the competition with 16 points, ahead of Casper Pedersen (DEN, 19 points), Marc Jurczyk (GER, 26 points) and Ollie Wood (GBR, 31 points). After a slow start on day 1, Ollie was certainly on fire on day 2!

Only one event remained, the Kilometre where Jordan Levasseur (FRA), relegated to last place in the Scratch race, took the lead in the Kilo when he rode 1:05.627 in Heat Eight. Germany’s Marc Jurczyk, lying third overall going into the Kilo, posted a new best time of 1:04.168 in Heat Eleven, riding against Ollie Wood (GBR), whose time of 1:06.125 placed him fifth, with only Edwards (AUS) and Pedersen (DEN) left to ride.

Edwards could afford to finish two places behind Pedersen and nine places behind Jurczyk, and still win the Omnium. Instead, he posted the second best Kilo time, 1:05.134, sealing a brilliant overall victory, thanks to victory in the Individual Pursuit and no less than three second places (Flying Lap, Elimination Race and 1 km Time Trial). Wood was sixth and fourth in the overall after a brilliant second day of the competition.

Ollie was pleased with the day’s work saying “I’ve done omnium’s before at training camps but only with GB riders. I did have an opportunity at Ghent but unfortunately I didn’t do very well in that. I managed to get two PBs this time which was good and to do that in front of a home crowd was a bonus for me.”

Women’s Omnium

Day 1 – The Women’s Omnium started with the Flying Lap where Germany’s Anna Knauer rode the first sub-15 second time, and her mark of 14.953 seconds would not be beaten. She took the early overall lead in the Omnium competition, with Soline Lamboley (FRA) second and Kinley Gibson (CAN) third. Britain’s Emily Kay was 5th.

The second event in the Women’s Omnium was the Points race and after two sprints, Australia’s Macey Stewart led the classification with seven points, after taking third place in the first sprint and first place in the second one. But as the pace relented after that second acceleration, Italy’s Maria Vittoria Sperotto seized the moment and attacked.

The peloton lost momentum and, with no one willing to force the pace, Sperotto took just five laps of the track to rejoin it from the back and boost her points tally. Soline Lamboley (FRA) won the penultimate sprint and moved into second place. Then, with seven laps remaining, Poland’s Lucja Pietrzak attacked.

She quickly gained two-thirds of a lap, but an attack by Bailey Semian (USA) led to an acceleration by the peloton, and the Pole had to settle for first place in the final sprint, followed by Kay (GBR), Stewart (AUS) and Lamboley (FRA).

Sperotto (ITA) was the winner with 20 points. Stewart (AUS) and Lamboley (FRA) were second and third, in that order, both of them with 11 points, but the Australian being placed ahead of the French girl in the final sprint of the race. Kay for Britain was 7th.

The final event of the evening on day four was chapter three of the Women’s Omnium: the Elimination Race, that recipe for heartbreak. France’s Soline Lamboley and Germany’s Anna Knauer set a grueling pace at the front of the group and, one by one, the rest of the field slipped away.

Priestley (IRE) was the first victim. She was followed, in order, by Semian (USA), Piatrouskaya (BLR), Gibson (CAN), Abramova (RUS), Stewart (AUS), Vandenbroucke (BEL), Kay (GBR) and Sperotto (ITA).

After feigning fatigue on the wheel of the strong German, Lamboley shot past her on the final back straight and took a memorable win with Kay in fourth place. Lamboley and Knauer had gone into the Elimination Race equal on five points at the top of the provisional Omnium table. The win gave the French athlete a clear, one-point lead, and put both riders well clear of Stewart (AUS, 12 points), Sperotto (ITA, 14 points) and Kay (GBR, 16 points).

Results in Brief

Women’s Sprint
1 KHAN Dannielle GBR
3 PAIN Melissandre FRA
4 JANG Yeonhee KOR

Women’s Points
3 JONES Hayley GBR
4 PARRA Jessica COL

Men’s Omnium
2. JURCZYK Marc GER 27
3. PEDERSEN Casper Phillip DEN 29
4. WOOD Oliver GBR 37
5. GOUGH Regan NZL 45



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