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World Track Championships - CM

Melbourne, Australia, May 26-30, 2004

Event program and results

Day 3 update - evening session

19:15 EST - Welcome back to our coverage of the World Track Cycling Championship - the evening session is about to commence and tonight there will be three medals decided: the women's individual pursuit, the men's keirin and the men's 15km scratch race.

This morning's session turned into a five and half hour epic and finished at 3.30 in the afternoon - it was a packed agenda and to catch up, you can read our blow-by-blow description of the events, then our detailed post-race reports of the men's teams pursuit, the women's sprint, the first round of the women's individual pursuit and finally the men's keirin.

19:22 EST - The first heat of the second round of the men's keirin was a cracker with Ryan Bayley showing he is really on fire tonight - he came around the outside to take it comfortably.

19:26 EST - The second heat is away and it's a mad dash to the line with four riders almost side by side - the commissaires review the photo and Laurent Gane takes the win. See full results.

19:30 EST - The next round of heats of the women's sprint are underway and winners of the heats included Anna Meares (Australia) and Victoria Pendleton (GBR). Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada) also progressed through to the next round.

19:54 EST - The ride-off for bronze in the women's individual pursuit is an all-Russian affair with Olga Slyusareva and Elena Tchalykh doing battle.

19:58 EST - Elena takes the bronze with a ride of 3.34.199 to Olga's 3.36.943. Now it's time for the gold medal final between Katie Mactier and New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer. The crowd gives a huge cheer for Mactier!

20:00 EST - They're away! Ulmer is slightly slower on the first lap. Ulmer is now two seconds down with six to go!

20:02 EST - Ulmer pulls it back to 1.5 seconds. Now 1 second!

20:03 EST - With 2 to go Ulmer hits the lead! It's the bell lap and Ulmer is flying home.

20:04 EST - Ulmer does it! What an incredible final kilometre - she takes the gold in 3.31.778 to Mactier's 3.34.859.

20:05 EST - Ulmer finally winds down on the apron and the first person waiting to greet her is Mactier - they embrace warmly and then Ulmer is besieged by media.

20:08 EST - It's the 7-12 (minor placings) final of the men's keirin. As the derny pulls away Bourgain (France) bustles his way ahead and sits out there - all the field try to come around but he has too much speed and takes the win. (See start list for finals.)

20:20 EST - The 1-8 repechages of the women's sprint have just concluded and next up is the men's 15km scratch race. The full results of the women's individual pursuit finals are now available and commissaires are discussing one of the women's sprint repechages just held, so official results are still to come.

20:30 EST - After the women's IP final, Katie Mactier told Cyclingnews: "I am happy but a bit disappointed with my race. Obviously I have some work to do. I can't say what because that is part of the Australian secret (but) obviously I need to work on my start ... so I can benefit later." Sarah Ulmer has minders keeping the media at bay as she warms down in the New Zealand pit, but there will be a press conference later.

20:32 EST - The commissaires have asked the 24 riders in the men's 15km scratch race to leave the track - they were preparing to start - so one of the women's sprint repechages can be re-run.

20:34 EST - Jennie Reed (USA) has just won the re-run women's sprint repechage against Daniela Larreal (Venezuela). It appears that Tamilla Abassova (Russia), who was in the earlier repechage, has been disqualified.

20:38 EST - Finally the 24 men are away in the men's 15km scratch race (see who made it through the qualifying heats held earlier today) and it's at a furious pace. Three riders have broken away and Mark Jamieson (Aust) is in hot pursuit.

20:40 EST - All back together so kiwi Greg Henderson attacks and makes half a lap. Henderson rides in the US for the Healthnet - Maxxis team. He's joined by Jamieson and the crowd urge them on.

20:44 EST - They're joined by Yauhen Sobal (Bielorussia) and work well together - still about half a lap ahead - the chasing field splits in two, one rider has a puncture - it's all happening.

20:48 EST - The trio catch the field but another three riders escape. Walter Perez (Argentina), Robert Slippens (Netherlands) and Volodymyr Rybin (Ukraine) also lap the field. So six riders are in front but the remainder of the field sit on.

20:52 EST - So it's altogether with five to go, but six riders have lapped the field and it's only between them.

20:54 EST - It's madness in the final dash to the line with lapped riders and the leaders but Greg Henderson of New Zealand catches Slippens and takes the gold - the second for New Zealand!

20:56 EST - The final standings are Henderson, Slippens and Perez - Mark Jamieson, who worked hard to establish the lap - faded slightly in the end.

21:25 EST - After two more rounds of the women's sprint and the medal presentation for the women's individual pursuit, next up is the final of the men's keirin.

21:29 EST - It's a typical keirin final - frantic - and Jamie Staff takes it for Great Britain ahead of Josť Antonio Escuredo Raimondez (Spain) and Teun Mulder (Netherlands).

21:35 EST - In the second race of the women's sprint quarter finals, Anna Meares accounts for Jennie Reed of the USA and progesses to the next round - the semi-finals scheduled for Saturday evening.

21:38 EST - Lori-Ann Muenzer has just beaten Simona Krupeckaite (Lit) while Natallia Tsylinskaya (Bielorussia) has recovered from a fall in the women's sprint against Victoria Pendleton (GBR) to win easily in the second race of their quarter final.

21:55 EST - The commissaires have relegated Teun Mulder in the final of the men's keirin and Ivan Vrba (Czech Republic) is the new bronze medalist.

22:00 EST - In their third and final race of their quarter final, Victoria Pendleton showed great determination to come around Natallia Tsylinskaya and go through to the semis. That was the final race for the evening and the track world resumes tomorrow at 14:00 EST with the men's sprint qualifying.