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UCI "B" World Championships - CM
Aigle, Switzerland, July 5-9, 2003
Day 5 - July 9: Track - Women's 500m, Men's Elimination, Men's Keirin, Men's sprint
Reporting by Gerry McManus in Aigle, Switzerland
Men's Elimination Race Final
Arvai avaricious for glory
Attila Arvai (Hungary) added a gold to the bronze he won in the points race when he convincingly won the elimination event in the velodrome in Aigle Switzerland on the final night of the B world Championships.
In a slow but tactical event the 29-year-old took the bull by the horns and led round the final few laps with only Ngai Ching Wong able to stay with him and Emile Abraham (Trinidad and Tobago) came across the line third.
Men's Keirin Final
Korea's Chi Bum Kim and Mun Yong Kim powered their way to the gold and silver respectively and gained provisional places for their country in this tough discipline at the Olympic games next year.
Kim muscled his way to take second spot behind the derny motorbike from Ireland's Ray Clarke who was in his first ever Keirin competition. The brave 30 year-old from County Tipperary where the nearest track is over 100-miles away in Dublin held on to Mun's wheel in the final two laps to take an unexpected bronze.
Before the final Clarke was asked if he had ridden the discipline before: "Until an hour ago I couldn't even spell it," he quipped.
Women's Point Race Final
Another victory for Korea
Song Hee Han added another medal to Korea's growing tally when she came from behind to take victory in the women's 20km points race final.
In a slower than expected race the points were spread more evenly than the men's race without teamwork dominating. No laps were taken or attempted despite the track only being 200 metres in length. Each time a group opened up some daylight they sat up after contesting the sprint.
Santia Tri Kusuma (Indonesia) opened her account with five points on the first sprint and teammate Uyun Muziziah held on for three points.
Han didn't score at all until the third sprint at 30 laps when she took top points. The 20-year-old rider quietly moved up the inside when a gap appeared and then simply rode away from the field taken by surprise.
With Tri Kusuma taking points again at the fifth sprint it wasn't until 70 laps were completed that Han took the overall lead and by this time Muzizah had hot on her team mate's heels.
In the final sprints Tri Kusuma faded into third and Han's lead grew to seven points and the Korean ensured the title was hers by taking second in the final sprint from Muzizah.
Women's 500m 1 Sayuri Osuga (Jpn) 35.709 (50.407 km/h) 2 Sun Yi Kim (Kor) 36.727 (49.01 km/h) 3 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) 37.517 (47.978 km/h) 4 Evgenia Radanova (Bul) 37.711 (47.731 km/h) 5 Anel Wasserman (RSA) 40.051 (44.943 km/h) 6 Gillian Mcdarby (Irl) 40.439 (44.511 km/h) Men's Elimination 1 Attila Arvai (Hun) 2 Ngai Ching Wong (HKg) 3 Emile Ahraham (Tri) 4 Amir Zargari (Irn) 5 Luis Martinez (Uru) 6 Hernandes Quadri (Bra) 7 Armando Camargo (Bra) 8 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) 9 Karim Andjechairi (Alg) 10 Hassan Haleki (Irn) 11 Mark Ernsting (Can) 12 Mart Ojavee (Est) 13 Vladimir Bushanskiy (Kaz) 14 Patrick Moriarty (Irl) 15 Manuel Hermann (Lie) 16 Joshua Alexander (Tri) 17 Mario Sasso (Uru) 18 Shao Yu Tsai (Tpe) 19 Paul Doyle (Irl) 20 King Yu Lau (HKg) Men's Keirin Final 1 Chi Bum Kim (Kor) 2 Mun Yong Kim (Kor) 3 Raymond Clarke (Irl) 4 Jose Sochon Gudiel (Gua) 5 Clinton Grant (Tri) 6 Chih Hsun Lin (Tpe) 7 Travis Smith (Can) 8 Chi Yin Leung (HKg) 9 Mario Sasso (Uru) Men's Sprint 1 Hee Chun Yang (Kor) 2 Chi Bum Kim (Kor) 3 Steen Madsen (Can) 4 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) 5 Dor Ming Chau (HKg) 6 Keith Bannan (Irl) 7 8 9 Mario Sasso (Uru) 10 Elisha Greene (Tri) 11 Chi Yin Leung (HKg) 12 Vahur Valvas (Est) 13 Clinton Grant (Tri) 14 Ricardo Lynch (Jam)