Great Britain closed the World Championships in fine style with Ed Clancy winning the omnium and Victoria Pendleton adding a silver in the Keirin.


But the Australians topped the medal table for the second year in a row, having won six world titles to Britain’s three.



In fact, 13 of the 19 races were won by English-speaking nations, with the US and Canada weighing in with two apiece.



With the Olympic Games in London just over two years away, British Cycling were very satisfied with how the week had gone, particularly as they won a medal in all but two of the events that will be part of the programme in 2012.



And they will feel confident in those two disciplines as well. Chris Hoy’s quarter-final defeat in the men’s sprint was a surprise and the Great Britain duo of Pendleton and Jessica Varnish is sure to improve in the women’s team sprint.



In the Olympic events, Britain’s record of three gold, four silver and a bronze medal just eclipsed Australia’s haul of three gold and two silver.



More importantly, considering where we are in the four-year Olympic cycle, Britain’s campaign at Copenhagen 2010 has been more successful than at the equivalent stage in the past two Olympic campaigns ( Bordeaux 2006 and Copenhagen 2002).



Clancy’s victory in the omnium was a welcome gold medal for the British supporters to cheer, but the event did little to convince the skeptics that it is worth a place in the Olympic programme. The points race was particularly tricky to judge because it was almost impossible to keep an eye on the race situation and take into account how it would affect the overall standings.



At least the gold medal was won by a rider who excelled at two of the disciplines. Clancy won the 200-metre time trial - which, remarkably, was his first ever flying 200-metre effort. Britain’s sprint coach Iain Dyer gave him some pointers shortly before the race.

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Ed Clancy after his win



Clancy was 13th in the scratch race which threatened to undermine his medal bid, although there was no one in the field who did well in both the opening two events. He was fourth in the individual pursuit, which was always likely to be one of his stronger events, then took a fine fifth place in the points race. Chris Newton gave him some tips before the start but he rode aggressively to gain a lap and then dug in when the others tried to hit back. A superb time of 1-02 in the 1,000-metre time trial - which would have given him eighth place in the kilometre competition this week - sealed the gold ahead of defending champion Leigh Howard and America’s Taylor Phinney.



Pendleton’s bid for the ninth world title of her career fell just short as she was pipped by Lithuania’s Simona Krupeckaite in the final of the Keirin.



Frenchman Gregory Bauge, who knocked Hoy out in the quarter-finals, beat his compatriot Kevin Sireau in the semi-final and Australia’s Shane Perkins in the final to defend his sprint crown.



Canada’s Tara Whitten won her second gold of the week when she added the points race title to the omnium. It was a scrappy race, with a couple of crashes. Lizzie Armitstead started well, winning the first sprint, but missed the move when five riders broke clear to gain a lap. It had been a very busy schedule for Armitstead, whose preparation for the Worlds was disrupted by a crash on the road at the Tour of Qatar in January. This week she has ridden the team pursuit and the omnium, winning two silver medals.



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WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS IN BRIEF

Day five, Copenhagen



Women’s Keirin

1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

2 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

3 Olga Panarina (Belarus)



Men’s omnium

1 Ed Clancy (Great Britain)

2 Leigh Howard (Australia)

3 Taylor Phinney (USA)



Men’s sprint

1 Gregory Bauge (France)

2 Shane Perkins (Australia)

3 Kevin Sireau (France)

5 Matt Crampton (Great Britain)

6 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

8 Jason Kenny (Great Britain)



Women’s points race

1 Tara Whitten (Canada) 36

2 Lauren Ellis (New Zealand) 33

3 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 33

9 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) 7



FINAL MEDAL TABLE

1 Australia 6 gold 2 silver 2 bronze

2 Great Britain 3 gold 4 silver 1 bronze

3 France 2 gold 3 silver 2 bronze

4 USA 2 gold 1 bronze

5 Canada 2 gold

6 Lithuania 1 gold 1 silver 3 bronze

7 Netherlands 1 gold 1 silver

8 Germany 1 gold 1 bronze

9 Denmark 1 gold

2010 Track World Champs: Reports/results



Day four: Saturday, March 27



Fifth sprint world title for Pendleton

Day three: Friday, March 26





Aussie rules: Team pursuit squad edge out Great Britain





Clancy philosophical in defeat as team pursuit ramps up





Day three as it happened (text coverage): Friday, March 26

Day two: Thursday, March 25



Day two: Hoy takes Britain’s first gold but Australian march on

2010 Track World Championships: Results




Day two as it happened (text coverage): Thursday, March 25

Day one: Wednesday, March 24

Day one: Meyer and Meares put Aussies on top of the world

2010 Track World Championships: Results

Day one as it happened (text coverage): Wednesday, March 24

Houvenaghel qualifies second fastest in pursuit

2010 Track World Champs: Photos


Day four gallery by Andy Jones



Day three gallery by Andy Jones



Day two gallery by Andy Jones



Day one gallery by Andy Jones

2010 Track World Champs: News and features



Track Cycling World Championships 2010: CW’s coverage index



Pendleton kicks off her triple crown campaign



Matt White talks about Aussie track sensation Cameron Meyer



Sir Chris Hoy has 10th world title in his sights



Who’s riding which event for Great Britain at the Copenhagen Worlds



The Big Interview: Jason Queally



Queally’s comeback signals new phase in team pursuiting



Queally named in GB’s track worlds squad



Queally in the frame for Worlds team pursuit call-up



Omnium at this year’s Worlds will not be new Olympic format

 


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  • Ken Evans

    “…13 of the 19 races were won by English-speaking nations…”

    How times have changed !

  • Angharad

    Congratulations to all our riders – they all did their best as we expect from them. Is Chris Hoy a spent force in the sprint – I wouldn’t bet on it. In fact, I suspect he’ll go off, think about it and come back fitter and faster for the next one. The men’s team pursuit, will do the same, it was so close. The women have a bit of work to do in their team pursuit, and was it a mistake for Wendy to ride both individual and team events?

    Australia might have more gold medals overall, but not in Olympic events, and have they peaked too early? Time will tell.