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Sydney Track World Cup - CDM

Sydney, Australia, May 14 - 16, 2004

Event program and results

Clara Sanchez (France)
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Day 1 round-up

Afternoon session

The final round of the track world cup series kicked off at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome this afternoon with qualifying events in the men's keirin, women's sprint; men's 4000m individual pursuit and men's scratch race.

Notable performances of the afternoon session came from Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) qualifying fastest in the men's 4000m with a time of 4.28.504 and Kyung Bang Song (Korea) and Mathie Ladagnous (France) winning their heats in the men's scratch.

Evening session

Alexis "aggressive" Rhodes
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A crowd of about 2000 turned out to watch an eventful evening's racing in the second session of the Sydney World Cup which saw finals in the men's scratch, women's points race, men's individual pursuit, women's sprint, men's kilometer t.t and men's keirin.

Australian junior Miles Olman rode a crowd-pleasing race in the men's scratch, but was unable to stay away and the Netherlands' Robert Slippens took gold.

The women's points race saw the standout ride of the night as Alexis Rhodes (Australia) charged away from the opposition not once but twice to lap the field and amass an unassailable lead - to the delight of the home crowd.

Brit Paul Manning was rewarded for the long flight out from the UK with a gold medal in the men's individual pursuit ahead of Ukrainian Volodymyr Dyuda, while his almost-countryman, Scot Chris Hoy, lit up a frankly lacklustre kilo time trial by powering to the gold medal in 1.02.399, over two seconds faster than runner-up Ahmed Lopez (Cuba).

Finally, the host nation took another gold in the men's keirin as Jobie Dajka, fresh from racing the International Keirin Series in Japan, powered from mid-pack with a third of a lap to go and made beating Josť Antonio Villaneuva (Spain) and Anthony Peden (New Zealand) look effortless.


Images by Mark Gunter

Images by Mark Gunter