SYDNEY WORLD CUP NIGHT 2: HOY AND EDGAR COMPLETE 1-2
Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar took gold and silver after a flawless run through the Keirin competition at the Sydney World Cup.
The pressure was on from the start as only the winners of each first round heat were guaranteed a place in the second round without having to go through the repecharges.
Hoy, riding for Great Britain, beat Frenchman Gregory Bauge in his heat, then Ross Edgar of Science in Sport followed him through.
In the second round Hoy won again – despite a tough line-up. Mickael Bourgain of France and Stefan Nimke of Germany failed to make it through. Edgar was third behind Holland’s Theo Bos and Italian Roberto Chiappa to make the final.
And in that final the two Brits took gold and silver to put Britain in a fantastic position in the race to qualify for the Olympics.
David Brailsford, Great Britain’s performance director, said: “It’s been a much better night. Last night we got the job done in terms of getting points on the board for Olympic qualification. We have hit the ground running without being on the boil in terms of form. It’s all about those points at this stage.
“But it’s always nice to win things. Chris and Ross have been fantastic in the Keirin. They have stepped up and made sure.”
THE MEDAL COUNT SO FAR: 2 Golds, 1 Silver
WOMEN’S 500M TT
Gold Anna Meares (Team Toshiba)
Silver Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
Bronze Willy Kanis (Netherlands)
Anna Blyth was seventh in a time of 34.979 seconds.
Brailsford says: “We pulled Victoria Pendleton out because she’s got a bit of a sore throat and we don’t want to take any risks with Beijing coming next week. Anna did quite a good ride and seventh is a step onwards for her.”
Gold Great Britain (Clancy, Cummings, Newton, Wiggins)
Silver New Zealand (Bewley, Gough, Ryan, Sergent)
Bronze Team Toshiba (Bobridge, Dawson, Dempster, Jameson)
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WOMEN’S POINTS RACE
Gold Giorgia Bronzini (Safi)
Silver Li Yan (China)
Bronze Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)
Kate Cullen, riding for Braveheartcycling.com failed to score in her heat, finishing 19th out of 20
Gold Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
Silver Ross Edgar (Science In Sport)
Bronze Theo Bos (Netherlands)
MEN’S KILOMETRE TT
Gold Michael D'Almeida (France)
Silver Li Wen Hao (China)
Bronze Yevgen Boubrukh (Ukraine)
WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT
Gold Netherlands (Yvonne Hijgenaar, Willy Kanis)
Silver Australia (Kaarle McCulloch, Kerrie Meares)
Bronze France (Sandie Clair, Virginie Cueff)
MEN’S SCRATCH RACE
Gold Roger Kluge (FOC)
Silver Zachary Bell (Canada)
Bronze Milan Kadlec (ADP)
Ben Swift (100% ME) got through his qualifying heat in fifth place to make the final but Mark Cavendish failed to make it through. Swift was 17th in the final.
DAY 3 - SUNDAY'S PROGRAMME
British entrants listed. Asterisk denotes Olympic discipline
Women's team pursuit –
Women's Keirin Victoria Pendleton (SIS), Anna Blyth (Great Britain)
Madison * Heat 1: Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish (Great Britain); Heat 2: Ben Swift & Jonny Bellis (Team 100% Me)
Men's sprint * Jason Kenny (Great Britain), Chris Hoy (Great Britain), Ross Edgar (SIS)
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