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World Masters Track Championships - CMM
Manchester, England, October 8 - 13, 2001
Day 3 - October 10
Highlights from day 3
By Cyclingnews correspondent Geoff Stoker
The clash of the titans in the 50 - 54 categories continued with Great Britain's Ian Hallam narrowly capturing the pursuit crown. The heats of the 50 - 54 2000 metre pursuit saw Danny Clarke from Australia and Hallam riding similar times. The final was a real blood and guts battle. Clarke taking the early lead for the first kilometre with Hallam fighting back to level and then pull away. The race looked like it was going to be all Ian Hallam when Danny Clarke reached within to unleash a final lap that has caught numerous opponents by surprise over the past thirty years. As Hallam and Clarke entered their respective straights the crowd first watched the riders cross the line. The finish was too close to pick so eyes turned to the electronic scoreboard to see. Ian Hallam had held on to his first gold for 2001 by two hundredths of a second. Steve Davis finished third in the other final.
Number 2 for Oliver
Australian Keith Oliver made it one closer to his final goal of four titles winning the 2000 metre pursuit. Keith faced up against the German powerhouse Otto Altwick. Both riders again had similar qualifying times so a close final was on the cards. From the start Australia’s Oliver took a narrow lead over the Germany’s Altwick with the German again drawing level in the middle stages. So with the first kilometre finished Oliver lead by only four hundredths of a second. With two laps remaining Oliver opened the throttle and slowly pulled away for his second Gold. David South from Sydney rose to the challenge to narrowly defeat French rider Henry Pino-Fort for the bronze medal.
Larry Nolan comes back
The 40 - 45 category pursuit held over 3000 metres was another closely fought event. Larry Nolan from the US riding in the second last heat against Australia’s Robert Upton set the fastest time in the qualification round. Upton only one second behind set the scene for another tight battle. In the final Upton lead for the first two kilometres when Nolan started to lift the pace. Nolan was level with three laps remaining and slowly pulled away for the title. Charles McCulloch from Great Britain finished third with a 3 minute 38 second ride in the final.
Leon Moncada Mexico’s World Champion
After the qualification round everything seemed to flow for the seeded riders progressing through to the final. Mexican Isabel Leon Moncada and Australain Vicky-Lynn Birks went to the start line in the final. Birks took the lead and sitting high on the banks headed into the final lap half way down the track and building the speed. Isabel saw the gap and like a bullet shot under Birks on the 200 metre mark. The Mexican went all out getting a gap with Birks trying to run down the opportunist. Coming into the straight both Birks and Leon Moncada dug deep with the Mexican holding on for her first World crown.
Betts dominates 45’s
San Francisco’s Linelle Betts dominated the women’s 45 - 49 year category riding through the rounds and getting to the final. The final saw Glynis Francis lead Betts to top speed down the back straight, bets accelerating past Francis to win.
Men's 2000m Pursuit
40 - 44 age group 1 Larry Nolan (USA) 3.35.781 2 Robert Upton (Aus) 3.38.683 3 Charles McCulloch (GBr) 3.38.661 45 - 49 age group 1 Jeffrey Fillerup (USA) 2 Clive Burr (GBr) caught after 10 laps in 3.00.067 3 Andy Laing (GBr) 3.46.499 50 - 54 age group 1 Ian Hallam (GBr) 2.22.080 2 Danny Clark (Aus) 2.22.103 3 Steve Davies (GBr) 2.26.268 55 - 59 age group 1 Allen Pettitt (GBr) 2.29.070 2 Erling Laursen (Den) 2.29.665 3 Sean Bannister (GBr) 2.32.440 60 - 64 age group 1 Keith Ooliver (Aus) 2.32.520 2 Otto Altweck (Ger) 2.34.519 3 David South (Aus) 2.38.663 65+ age group 1 Keith Harrison (USA) 2.44.923 2 Derek Hodgins (GBr) 2.47.303 3 Bryan Bliss (GBr) 2.47.171 70+ age group 1 Harry Shaw (Aus) 2.53.121
30 - 34 age group 1 Melanie Szubrycht (GBr) 13.063 2 Suzanne Longstaff (GBr) 3 Annemarie Wentzel (RSA) 35 - 39 age group 1 Suzie Tignor (USA) 12.846 2 Wendy Everson (GBr) 3 Annette Hanson (USA) 40 - 44 age group 1 Iasabel Leon Moncada (Mex) 14.009 2 Vicky-Lynn Birks (Aus) 3 Karen Byrne (GBr) 45 - 49 age group 1 Linelle Betts (USA) 14.298 2 Glynis Francis (GBr) 3 Marion Bax (Ned) 50+ age group 1 Janet Moss (RSA) 14.347 2 Valerie Rushworth (GBr) 3 Anne Stevens (GBr)