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World Masters Track Championships - CMM
Manchester, England, October 8 - 13, 2001
Day 2 - October 9
Highlights from Day 2
Clarke evens up
Qualifying round in the 50 - 54ís saw the time trial World Champion Ron Boyle from Australia take the number one spot and set a new World best time covering the 200 metres in 11.521 seconds. As expected Hallam and Clarke made their ways through the early rounds untroubled. In the final the Olympic trio lined up for clash number two. Hallam, nearly as expected with his pursuit history, went to the front and wound the pace up. Clarke made his way to second and had the difficult task of watching Hallam and fellow Aussie Boyle waiting to pounce from behind. Coming into the final lap with the speed still being provided by Hallam, Clarke dedicated himself and sprinted for the line. Into turn three and Boyle ran at the rear wheel of Clarke to hopefully slingshot past Clarke in the straight. So elbow to elbow they came down the straight with Clarke giving his all to take the victory.
Stoker back to the top
Former World champion, Australian Geoff Stoker rode his first year in the 40 - 45 category and showed why he has been world champion two times before. Establishing himself as the number one seed with a qualifying time of 11.204 seconds for the 200 metres, he then progressed through the rounds to the semi finals. The semi finals this year were held as a three rider competition. This always makes it difficult for a seeded rider to control the movements of his two rivals. Danny Wilson from the USA took advantage of this and headed down the bank with a nice surprise move. He then opened a 40 metre gap and headed for home. Kenneth Todd also from the USA and Stoker then wasted no time going into chase mode.
One lap to go and Wilson still had twenty metres lead into the back straight, Todd was starting to run at Stoker. Wilson still maintaining a good lead into turn three and Stoker faught to hold off the challenge from Todd. Stoker accelerated and closed the gap to Wilson slingshotted around and fought off Todd to make his way to the final. The final saw old rivals Steve Pullford from Great Britain, Al Whaley from the USA and Geoff Stoker. From the line Stoker took the lead and gradually increased the speed. With one lap remaining and sitting at about 50 kilometres per hour, Stoker opened the throttle. Into the final straight Pullford tried for the slingshot down the straight with Whaley taking the inside run under Stoker. Managing to hold off the challengers Stoker had a clear win.
Pooley and Coulson fight it out
Both Michael Pooley from Great Britain and Peter Coulson from the USA were first timers at the Masters Worlds. Coulson establishing himself in the qualifying as a contender by doing a personal best by some 11 seconds. Pooley who had ridden a three minute twenty six second ride to win the English national championships. In the final Pooley headed out full gas and had Coulson on the back foot from the start. Pooley faded in the last kilometre but not enough for Coulson to close the gap. Kenny Williams from the USA last years champion took the bronze.
Women's 500m Time TrialThirty-five to thirty-nine age group
Suzie Tignor pedalled her way to success in the 500m Time Trial. The thirty-five year old from California recorded 38.017 seconds for the two laps in the thirty-five to thirty-nine age group. This gave her a winning margin of 0.313 over fellow American Julie Gregg. This was Gregg's fourth medal at World Masters, but so far she hasn't been able to secure a gold.
American riders completed a clean sweep when thirty-seven year old Mary Hensler from Carisbad recorded 38.55 seconds in this closely fought contest.
Forty to forty-four age group
Vicki-Lynne Birks made a successful defence of her 500m time trial title. The forty two year old from Blackwood, South Australia, made her first appearance at the championships last year and went home with three gold medals, covering time trial, sprint and points.
Birks' time for the two laps of 39.700 placed her 1.284 seconds ahead of Auriel Forrester the forty-three year old from Dunstable, England. This was a repeat of the results last year.
Karen Byrne the forty-one year old from Stoke-on-Trent collected the bronze with a time of 41.484.
Forty-five to forty-nine age group
Linelle Betts swept to a world best time when winning the 500m Time Trial. The forty-five year old from California lowered the previous best by 0.249 seconds when she covered the two laps in 39.640. This was her tenth medal gained during the seven-year history of the championships.
Britain's forty-seven year old Glynis Francis from Manchester finished in the runners up spot with a time of 40.331.
Another multi medallist Dee Dee Scadron from Illnois won the bronze. Her time of 41.341 seconds gained her a sixth medal, a bronze.
Fifty to fifty-four age group
Janet Moss established a world best time when she swept to victory in the 500m Time Trial. The fifty-year old from Cape Town, South Africa, recorded a time of 41.314 seconds and lowered the previous world best time 0.832. This was her twelfth medal in the seven year history of the championships.
In the silver medal position and just half a second in arrears was Wakefield's Val Rushworth. But her time of 41.819 seconds was also inside the old world mark.
Britain also took the bronze medal when Anne Stevens covered the two laps in 43.759.
Men's PursuitThirty-five to thirty-nine age group
Robert Veroba turned his silver of last year into gold in the 3,000m pursuit. The thirty-seven year old from Calgary convincingly beat his rival Mike Eddy from Redmond WA, America, by over six seconds when he recorded 3.33.133.
In the ride off for the bronze Stephen Prokopiw from Colorado was too strong for his rival Harley Sheffield. Prokopiw's time of 3.37.302 was over five seconds ahead at the end of their twelve lap race.
Womens Time Trial - 500M
30 - 34 age group 1 Melanie Szubrycht (GBr) 39.958 2 Annemarie Wentzel (RSA) 40.687 3 Suzanne Longstaff (GBr) 40.888 4 Sally Boyden (GBr) 40.906 5 Michelle Enslin (RSA) 41.905 6 Kay Brass (GBr) 42.964 7 Jeanette Baxter (GBr) 43.396 8 Christine Lockhart (GBr) 44.633 35 - 39 age group 1 Suzie Tignor (USA) 38.017 2 Julie Gregg (USA) 38.33 3 Mary Hensler (USA) 38.555 4 Annette Hanson (USA) 39.087 5 Emily Forde (GBr) 39.465 6 Jackie White (GBr) 42.204 7 Carolyn Devonport (GBr) 43.528 8 Allison Thomas (GBr) 43.712 9 Tracy Shepherd (GBr) 44.261 10 Bev Lloyd (GBr) 44.748 11 Anna Fraser (GBr) 48.359 40 - 44 age group 1 Vicki-Lynne Birks (Aus) 39.700 2 Auriel Forrester (GBr) 40.984 3 Karen Byrne (GBr) 41.484 4 Isabel Leon Moncada (Mex) 42.103 5 Julie Robinson Judd (GBr) 42.697 6 Janet Park (GBr) 43.182 7 Julie Hill (GBr) 43.284 8 Petra Kluender (Ger) 43.460 9 Sophie Bruton (GBr) 45.156 10 Angela Platt (GBr) 47.965 11 Karen Stuart Smith (GBr) 48.454 45 - 49 age group 1 Linelle Betts (USA) 39.64 2 Glynis Francis (GBr) 40.331 3 DeeDee Scadron (USA) 41.341 4 Marion Bax (Ned) 42.948 5 Janine Brown (RSA) 43.064 6 Evelyn Kenyon (GBr) 44.358 50+ age group 1 Janet Moss (RSA) 41.314 2 Valerie Rushworth (GBr) 41.819 3 Anne Stevens (GBr) 43.759 4 Libby Aubrey (USA) 43.877 5 Josie Heffernan (GBr) 44.443 6 Jeanette Traver (USA) 44.905
Men's Sprintage groups 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 & 65+
40 - 44 age group Final C 1 Geoff Stoker (Aus) 11.837 2 Alphonso Whaley (USA) 3 Steve Pulford (GBr) Final B 4 Tony Vincenti (USA) 12.01 5 Kenneth Todd (USA) 6 Gerrard O'Connell (Aus) Final A 7 Dominigue Sioul (Fra) 12.533 8 Graham Wilman (GBr) 9 Danny Wilson (USA) 45 - 49 age group Final B 1 David LeGrys (GBr) 13.374 2 Mark Zashcke (GBr) 3 Richard Voss (USA) Final A 4 Mark Minting (GBr) 13.009 5 Rod Good (Can) 6 Koji Takahashi (Jap) 50 - 54 age group Final B 1 Danny Clark (Aus) 12.629 2 Ron Boyle (Aus) 3 Ian Hallam (GBr) Final A 4 George Geier (USA) 12.142 5 Mark Rodamaker (USA) 6 Mitsuhiro Tsuchida (Jap) 55 - 59 age group Final B 1 Geoffrey Cooke (GBr) 12.616 2 Stanley Gregg (USA) 3 Trevor Maddern (GBr) Final A 4 Colin Berry (GBr) 13.829 5 Patrick Buckney (GBr) 6 Colin Davis (GB)
Mens Pursuit 3000mage groups 30-34 & 35-39
30-34 age group Ride off 1st & 2nd Places 1 Michael Pooley (GB) 3.29.153 2 Peter Coulson (USA) 3.33.817 Ride off 3rd & 4th Places 3 Kenny Williams (USA) 3.32.756 4 Scott McWilliam (GB) 3.33.670 35-39 age group Ride off 1st & 2nd Places 1 Robert Veroba (Canada) 3.33.133 2 Mike Eddy (USA) 3.39.204 Ride off 3rd & 4th Places 3 Stephen Prokopiw (USA) 3.37.302 4 Harley Sheffield (USA) 3.42.458