GB News – Gold for Joey Walker in Athens


In the hardest of track events, Joey Walker (RST Racing) wins Gold for Great Britain at the European Track Championships

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GB News – Gold for Joey Walker in Athens

From a family of winners through the decades, Joey Walker struck gold for Great Britain on day three of the UEC Under 23 and Junior European Track Championships in Athens on Thursday. Joey won one of the hardest races, the Points for Junior men.


Joey (above) is the son of Chris and Lynne Walker and sister of Jessie Walker who is a professional racing in Italy. Chris Walker won the Milk Race (the stage race) and many British titles whilst Joey’s mum Lynne was racing for GB as a junior as well going on to do that in her senior years.

Joey, racing for a development team called RST Racing (sponsored by Cycle Division)  has year by year continued to improve, going from the Manchester Friday Track League to the Tuesday one at Manchester where the GB Academy race and then onto the Olympic Development Programme for Juniors.

In Athens which has hosted the Olympics and the Euros in the past, 17-year old Walker stole the limelight, winning a thrilling junior men’s Points race, in a contest that went down to the final sprint. After amassing 14 points prior to the crucial final dash to the line, second place at the gun gave Sheffield’s Walker three more points, enough for gold ahead of race-long rival Szymon Krawczyk of Poland and Denis Nekrasov of Russia. Teammate Ethan Hayter was eighth on six points.

Joey said today “I’m over the moon to have won yesterday, now on to some more racing with Scratch race today”.

Other events (Thursday)
In the Under 23 women’s Points race, Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson were disqualified for collusion during the race. Archibald had 32 points prior to the ruling, one of four riders to gain a lap in the 25-kilometre contest.

Germain Burton was fifth in the Under 23 men’s Points race. Son of former six rider Maurice Burton, Germain gained two laps and amassed 51 points and was in the hunt for a medal but Raman Ramanau of Belarus and Andrey Sazanov of Russia both managed to gain three laps with the Belarusian taking the title. GB’s Mark Stewart did not finish.

In the Junior Women’s Points race, Abigail Dentus finished seventh with teammate Megan Barker two places back in ninth. Sophie Capewell’s time of 36.065 saw her finish fifth in the 500 metre Time Trial. Rebecca Raybould, also GB, was 14th.

In the Under 23 Women’s Sprint, Victoria Williamson and Katy Marchant are through to the sprint semi-finals after winning silver in the Team Sprint event the previous day. Williamson and Marchant began their Sprint competition placing third and fourth in qualifying. Williamson’s time of 11.134 besting Marchant’s by one-thousandth of a second.

Great Britain’s Jonathan Mitchell made it as far as the 1/8 finals in the Under 23 men’s sprint. Mitchell was seventh fastest in qualifying in a time of 10.183. Britain’s John Paul qualified 15th.

Junior Men, Joe Truman and Jack Carlin got as far as the quarter finals in the Junior Men’s sprint. Truman and Carlin had qualified 8th and 15th respectively


Gold for Team Pursuit on Wednesday
Setting a probable record for Under 23 GB riders, Oliver Wood, Germain Burton, Matt Gibson and Chris Latham won the Gold medal in the Under 23 Men’s Team Pursuit with a super fast time of 3:58.996.

In the Women’s Under 23 Team Sprint, Katy Marchant and Victoria Williamson won Silver with another blistering time of 33.457 whilst Katie Archibald also came away with Silver in the under-23 women’s Individual Pursuit.

In other events, Grace Garner, Rebecca Raybould, Eleanor Dickinson and Megan Barker were 5th in the junior women’s Team Pursuit. British junior Sprint champion Sophie Capewell was 4th in the Women’s Sprint whilst Reece Wood was 8th Junior men’s Individual Pursuit and Matthew Bostock 13th.

In the Under-23 men’s Team Sprint, Jonathan Mitchell, John Paul and Tom Scammell were relegated for an illegal changeover from man two to three. Alex Joliffe was 4th in the Junior Kilo and Frank Longstaff 16th. Emily Nelson was 13th in the Under 23 Women’s Individual Pursuit.

Jack Carlin, Alex Joliffe and Jo Truman were 3rd in the Junior Men’s Team Sprint while Mark Stewart finished 7th place in the Individual Pursuit with teammate Jake Kelly 15th. In the Women’s Junior Individual Pursuit , Great Britain’s Abigail Dentus was 8th and Grace Garner 15th.

In the Junior Men’s Team Pursuit, Great Britain’s Joe Holt, Matthew Bostock, Ethan Hayter and Reece Wood were 5th. In the Men’s Under 23 Kilometre time trial, Jonathan Mitchell was 8th and Thomas Scammell 12th.

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