French Conquers Gold At Home And Thrilled; Aussies Beat Record And Celebrate Kissing The Ground; Russian Wins Test And Provokes
The excitement of a champion, a group kiss on the ground and a scene worthy of “videocassetada” by Faustão marked the second day of contention of the track cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. This Thursday, the finals of five categories were disputed: masculine keirin, masculine scratch, feminine time trial and persecution by masculine and feminine teams. None of the Brazilians participating in the World Championship competed on Thursday.
The moment of greatest vibration of the bleachers in the day happened with the victory of the French idol François Pervis in the masculine test of keirin, in which six athletes run simultaneously on the track. Pervis secured gold with a strong sprint at the end, leaving New Zealander Edward Dawkins with silver and Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang with bronze.
Very moved, Pervis paraded with the French flag, shouted, went to the bleachers and came to cry after meeting with relatives. This was François’s second world title title in the category of clear flasks.
Another exciting moment this Thursday at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines was Australia’s victory in the women’s team chase. In a very disputed final with Great Britain, the Australian quartet made spectacle on the track and won gold with a world record right (4m13s683). The British, who came from three consecutive titles in the category, got the silver (4m16s702) and Canada won the bronze (4m17s864).
The Australian celebration was marked by a kiss on the floor. Annette Edmonson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins made a point of showing their affection for the track of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome.
In the men’s team chase, the world record-holder, Britain’s quartet also took silver when defeated by New Zealand: 3m54s088 versus 3m54s687. The bronze remained with the Australian team, which managed to reach the German team before four thousand meters.
Country very strong in track cycling, Germany won their only gold of the day in the men’s scretch. Lucas Liss completed the event in 17m17, leaving the Spaniard Albert Torres Barcel with the silver and the American Bobby Lea with the bronze.
In the most relaxed moment of the day, Russian Anastasia Voynova starred in a true “videotape” after winning the women’s trial of the time trial (500m). At the moment of getting off the bike, the athlete fumbled with a flag and almost did not run over a photographer before falling to the ground. However, she rose smiling and reassured everyone on the velodrome.
Last to go on the track, Voynova scored 33s149, enough to beat the times of the absolute record holder of world medals, Australian Anna Meares, who got the silver (33s425), and German champion Miriam Welte, who Got the bronze (33s699).
The track cycling World Championship continues this Friday, with Brazilian competing: Gideoni Monteiro contests the first three races of the Omnium.
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