Worlds Notes * "My goal was to break the record, and I did it," said Shane Kelly (Australia). * Kelly also commented: "The track I was practicing on was a bit like a goat track so this one was easy by comparison. It was a bit slippery down the back straight, I felt my rear wheel moving about a bit. It still hasn't sunk in. I still can't believe it." * Jose Maria Lovito of Argentina, Marcelo Beneton of Italy and Toshimasa Yoshioka of Japan went down together during a 200-meter race. Dr. Norman Norato said Beneton and Yoshioka, who were taken away with braces immobilizing their upper spinal columns, probably broke their collarbones. Lovito injured an elbow, possibly breaking his arm.
Men's Keirin, First Round Heat 1 1. Marty Nothstein, U.S, 10.606 seconds 2. Emanuel Raasch, Germany 3. Mario Benetdh, Italy 4. Toshimasa Yoshioka, Japan 5. Alan Irvin, South Africa 6. Walter Ramsay, Bahamas Heat 2 1. Cristian Marcelo Arrue, Chile, 10.897 2. Nikolai Kovch, Russia 3. Brian Dandanell, Denmark 4. Trey Gannon, U.S. 5. Barry Forde, Barbados 6. Lambros Vassilopoulos, Greece John Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, disqualified Heat 3 1. Federico Paris, Italy, 11.031 2. Falvio Guidoni, Argentina 3. John Rastrick, New Zealand 4. Lars Brian Nielsen, Denmark 5. Yuji Yamada, Japan 6. George Himonetos, Greece 7. Jean-Pierre Van Zyl, South Africa 8. Johny Hoyte, Bahamas
Women's 200 meters sprint, quarter-finals, first heats. Felicia Ballanger (France) beat Kathrin Freitag (Germany). 11.733 seconds. Olga Slioussareva (Russia) beat Mira Kasslin (Finland). 11.816. Connie Paraskevin-Young (United States) beat Erika Salumae (Estonia). Salumae disqualified. Galina Enioukhina (Russia) beat Ingrid Haringa (Netherlands). 11.953. Note: best of three heats, winners of each heat qualify for the semi-finals. Men's individual pursuit, 4 kilometers, semi-finals. Andrea Collinelli (Italy) (04:22.265) beat Stuart O'Grady (Australia) (4:23.637) Graeme Obree (Britain) (4:22.917) beat Philippe Ermenault (France) (4:25.634). Note: two heat winners qualify for the final. Women's 200 meter sprint, quarter-finals, second heat. Ballenger beat Freitag. 11.574. Ballanger qualifies for semi-finals. Slioussareva beat Kasslin. 11.713. Slioussareva qualfies for the semi-finals. Salumae beat Paraskevin-Young. 11.622. Enioukhina beat Haringa. 11.248. Enioukhina qualifies for the semi-final. Men's Olympic sprint, first round. Colombia (Cesar Zapata, Oscar Fernandez, Gabriel Diaz) (1:03.469) beat Cuba (Gil Cordoves, Julio Cesar Herrera, Joel Gelabert) (failed to finish) Argentina (Flavio Guidoni, Jose Lovito, Angel Dario Colla) (1:01.367) beat South Africa (Alan Irvin, Sean Bloch, Jean-Pierre Van Zyl) (1:03.364) United States (Harry Gannon, Erin Hartwell, William Cla) (59.370) beat Russia (Alexei Zinoviev, Alexandre Kirichenko, Sergei Bohantcev) (1:00.937) Germany (Soren Lausberg, Michael Hubner, Jan Van Eiden) (59.696) beat Spain (Jose Moreno, Jose Escudero, Isaac Galvez) (1:00.670) Italy (Roberto Chiappa, Frederico Paris, Gianluca Capitano) 1:01.235 beat Japan (Noaki Arisaka, Keiji Kojima, Nariharo Inamura) (failed to finish) France (Herve Thuet, Benoit Vetu, Florian Rouseau) (59.889) beat New Zealand (Darren McKenzie-Potter, Jason Bruce Graig, John Rastrick) (1:01.465) Trinidad-Tobago (Clinton Grant, Michael Phillips, Gene Samuel) (1:02.260) beat Bahamas (Barron Musgrove, Randy Albury, Johnny Hoyte) (1:10.416) Note: Germany, United States, France, Spain, Argentina, Italy, Russia and New Zealand qualify for the quarter-finals. (Eight best times regardless of race.) Women's 200 meters sprint, quarter-final, third heat. Salumae beat Paraskevi-Young. 11.678. Salumae qualifies for semi-finals.
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* "It was very hard," said Obree. "I didn't know I had won until I crossed the finish line and saw the clock. He (Collinelli) is very difficult to race against, he keeps coming back at you." * Regarding his slow winning time, Obree said: "The atmosphere was not so good after the rain and the temperature dropped very quickly."
Women's sprint, semi-finals. First heat: Enioukhina beat Ballanger. 11.796. Slioussareva beat Salumae. 11.680. Second heats: Ballanger beat Enioukhina. 11.764 Slioussareva beat Salumae. 11.206. Slioussareva qualifies for the final. Third heat Ballanger beat Enioukhina. 11.624. Ballanger qualifies for final. Men's Olympic sprint, quarter-finals. Germany (59.232) beat Argentina (1:01.191) U.S. (59.358) beat New Zealand (1:02.182) Spain (59.837) beat Russia (1:01.118) France (58.834) beat Italy (59.960) Note: France and Germany (two fastest heat winners) qualify for the final. U.S. and Spain qualify for the third-place race. Women's 200 meters sprint, final. First heat: Slioussareva beat Ballenger (11.923) Second heat: Ballenger beat Slioussareva (11.491) Third heat: Ballanger beat Slioussareva (12.048). Ballanger wins gold medal. Third-place race. First heat: Salumae beat Eniovkhina (12.564) Second heat: Salumae beat Eniovkhina (11.928). Salumae wins bronze medal. Doyle Retires Tony Doyle (Britain), former world champion, announced his retirement from racing today (Wednesday). Doyle's decision was influenced by a back injury he suffered in a six-day crash last November. "My decision was also motivated by the fact that British cycle sport seems to be going nowhere. There is obviously a need for someone with my kind of experience to try to do something about it," Doyle said. He plans to seek election as president of the British Cycling Federation in December.
Reports Day OneIndividual Pursuit Quarterfinals -------------------------------- *Ermenault vs. McGee* For some reason, McGee has not started. Ermenault is alone on the track, but he still rides the distance to provide a time for seeding in the next round. Boardman is here commentating for Eurosport. The German commentator passes along his remark that in the first qualifying round the people seemed to be going out too fast. Ermenault goes about 1:10 for the first 1km, and ends up 4:30, 3 seconds slower than his qualifying. *Obree vs Martinez* Obree looks to get off to his normal slow start, turning a huge gear, but he has definitely improved since his first title in 93. He comes through almost even, 0:05 seconds back. Obree is stretched out in a superman position, Martenez in a more normal position. After 1 km, Obree is still about a half second back, also about 1:10. Martinez is holding on to his slight lead as they approach the halfway point, but in the last lap Obree comes a little ahead. Now Obree starts to really pour it on. From being about even at 2km, he is now up about 3 seconds after 3 km, and it goes quickly to 4 seconds. Obree is turning in a definitely better time than in qualifying. Last lap -- Obree comes through at 4:25. *O'Grady vs. Pieters* This should be an easy win for O' Grady. They are off. Pieters on a "normal" track bike, O'Grady on a white carbon fiber creation, both with disks on the rear. Pieters immediately gets a slight lead, and opens it up a little, 1.2 seconds at 1km. But O'Grady starts to close the gap, and it is almost even after 1.5km. And he is up by a half second before the half way point. O'Grady continues to build, after 3km it seems pretty clear that only a collapse would keep him out of the next round, but O'Grady's time is clearly slower than Obree's. Last round, O'Grady at 4:07, and comes through at 4:29. Pieters closes a little in the last 1km and comes in about 2 seconds behind. *Collinelli vs. Petersen* Collinelli was 7 seconds faster in qualifiers at 4:24. They're off, at the first time check, Petersen is .6 seconds back. Collinelli opens it to 1.5 seconds in just two laps. The 1km time is 1:09, faster than the earlier rounds. Petersen fades further behind, now almost 5 seconds before the halfway point. Collinelli comes through 2km 1 second faster than Obree. Collinelli is coming up fairly close behind Petersen, but seems to be slowing a touch. He passes Petersen with a couple of laps to go, so Petersen gets 7th place. Collinelli finishes out the time fairly easily at 4:25, slightly behind Obree. Women's Match Sprints--Round of 16 ---------------------------------- *Kasslin (FIN) vs Ballanger (FRA)* Ballanger leading out, she comes to a stop, and the two sit there, looking at each other. The Finn has proved she can track stand too, and the French woman takes off slowly again. They come around slowly, and on the steepest part of the track the Finn slips and slides down the track. No harm done but to her pride. 2nd ride: Kasslin on the front, again a very slow, tactical match, but no track stand this time. Kasslin is down on the blue line, something wrong with the bike. The bell rings, but she doesn't sprint. It's unclear what was wrong, something with the pedal maybe, but it seems it may not be something that warrants a reride. Ballanger is declared the winner. *Sliouseveva, sp? (RUS) vs Freitag (GER)* Sl on the front, she picks up the pace quicker than the sprint before, Freitag a couple lengths back. The come to the last lap, Freitag comes by below, Sl is simply faster and just blows here away in the last 100m. Sl by 1:0. *Paraskevin-Young (USA) vs Faure (FRA)* Faure leads, and there's a relatively quick pace in the first lap. P-Y stays a length or two behind. They come to the last lap, Faure picks up the pace, and not out of the saddle, but P-Y goes by up above and easily opens up a gap for the win. *Eniovkhina (RUS) vs Jiang (CHI)* Jiang leading, quite quick for the first laps, but Eniovkhina stays tucked in behind her wheel. Last lap -- Jiang tries to keep the pace high, but Eniovkhina easily comes by in the last 50m to advance another round. *Haringa (NED) vs. Ferris (AUS)* Ferris on the front, then picks up the pace. Haringa comes by as they come to the last lap, she leads it out, Ferris on her wheel. She tries up on the track, but Haringa has too much speed and easily comes to the line about a bike length ahead. *Salumae (EST) vs. Dubnicoff (CAN)* Looks like the best match of the round, both have been champions in the sprints before. Salumae on the front, starting slowly on the bottom of the track. Now Salumae leads up, and into a track stand. Dubnicoff goes by without much hesitation. Into the last lap, Salumae high on the banking, Dubnicoff jumps low on the track and gets a gap, but Salumae closes and then comes by on the top and crosses with a decent gap. Keirin Semi-finals ------------------ *Heat 1* Nothstein and Hubner meet in this heat, Hubner apparently working his way back in after his crash in the first round. Lots of sweeping going on before they start the heat, but they flash the startlist very quickly, sorry for not getting it. They're off. Nothstein again goes out to take the lead, but the Argentine also wants it, as does the Japanese rider. Argentina in first, then Japan then Nothstein and Hubner. The Chilean comes up and tries to slide into second. Nothstein comes out from behind his wheel, then the Italian comes on the outside, and Nothstein gets out behind him. The moto pulls off. Nothstein is on the front. There is a big crash behind. Nothstein leads it out, the Chilean on his wheel, then Hubner. Hubner comes above, Nothstein and Hubner go for the win, but both slow a little, since it is only the heats. Hubner wins by a wheel. Hubner was actually quite lucky to avoid the crash, he was behind it, but avoids by going high on the banking. A pretty nasty crash, all in all. A couple are stretchered off. *Heat 2* Parris, Magnien, Moreno, Gannon, Raasch among the starters. The moto comes by, Gannon in second, a green jersey in first, but I still haven't figured out who it is. Raasch in third. They string out behind. Gannon comes up on the banking a little, slides back in. The moto pulls off, and Moreno shoots from the back right as it does, Moreno is an excellent kilo rider and he gets a huge gap. No one is chasing at all and Moreno wins easily, but we don't see the sprint for the other places. Now the very end on the replay -- looks like Magnien, Parris, Raasch, make the other places in the final.