New Zealand brought its medal tally to seven tonight as the women led the way for the locals at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Invercargill.
Firstly it was Alexandra’s Sophie Williamson who bagged her second silver medal in as many days on the Stadium Southland Velodrome in the women’s scratch race.
Just 24 hours after a gutsy performance in the points race, Williamson was edged out in a three-way photo finish by Jennifer Valente (USA) and Georgia Baker (AUS). Unfortunately for the American though, the officials disqualified her for not holding her line in the final turn, handing Williamson another silver medal.
“I knew there was a few fast girls in there so I thought if I could take the sprint out of their legs by attacking a few times it could give me a better chance at the end,” said Williamson.
However, in a frustrating case of deja vu, Williamson attacked relentlessly for the entire 7.5km duration but much like last night, got very little support from any of the 12-strong field so failed to gain any traction and was forced to endure a bunch sprint finish.
“I had a plan from the start to race aggressively and I chucked on a small gear so that I was able to do that, but the racing was a little bit negative and it just didn’t happen, although I am happy with where I finished,” she said.
“Two medals is an improvement on last year which is great, and now I’m just looking forward to cheering on my teammates.”
Auckland’s Paige Paterson also grabbed a second medal of the championships in front of a passionate home crowd with a bronze in the women’s sprint.
“You always come into an event like this unsure of how the other riders from around the world have been going so for me to get a personal best and another medal, I’m really happy,” she said.
“The crowd was amazing. Normally in races you sort of zone out because you’re so focussed but tonight I was in the zone and still hearing the crowd so it was really cool.”
The 18-year-old, who collected a silver medal in the team sprint with Cantabrian Victoria Steel earlier in the week, beat Jennifer Valente (USA) 2-0 in the best-of-three bronze medal rides to secure a spot on the podium.
Paterson doesn’t have too long for celebration, however, as she gets back on the track tomorrow afternoon in the Keiran.
“That’s definitely my favourite race, the Keiran, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do.”
Southland’s Tom Beadle was the best placed of New Zealand’s male sprinters as he finished in the men’s sprint in fifth place.
In the men’s omnium, Tayla Harrison from Canterbury finished outside the medals in seventh place. His best two finishes in the multi-event competition came via fourth placings in both the individual pursuit and the flying lap.
At the halfway point of the women’s six-leg omnium, Auckland’s Racquel Sheath sits in fourth place following an impressive second place in the points race. Australian Taylah Jennings holds a significant lead overall having won all three events to date.
Results day 3:
Men’s sprint qualifiers: Jacob Schmid (AUS) 10.447, 1; Santiago Ramirez Morales (COL) 10.526, 2; Jakub Vyvoda (CZE) 10.540, 3; Zachary Shaw (AUS) 10.564, 4; Zac Williams (NZL) 10.588, 5; Alexander Sharapov (RUS) 10.615, 6; Emerson Harwood (AUS) 10.628, 7; Tom Beadle (NZL) 10.694, 8; Joakim Albert (CAN) 10.694, 9; Matthew Rotherham (GBR) 10.712, 10; Vladislav Fedin (RUS) 10.739, 11; David Sojka (CZE) 10.764, 12; Jeremy Presbury (NZL) 10.787, 13; Emmanuel Mejia (MEX) 10.793, 14; Eric Johnstone (CAN) 10.934, 15; Conor Klupar (USA) 10.962, 16; Alexey Lysenko (RUS) 10.965, 17; Oliver Valensuela (MEX) 10.992, 18; Kaleb Kock (USA) 11.014, 19; Artsiom Zaitsau (BLR) 11.017, 20; Renzo Amoroso (ARG) 11.020, 21; Vladislav Novik (BLR) 11.072, 22; Ryosuke Saeki (JPN) 11.088, 23; Malek McCrone (MAS) 11.111, 24.
Round 1: Schmid bt McCrone, Ramirez Morales bt Saeki, Vyvoda vt Novik, Shaw bt Amoroso, Williams bt Zaitsau, Sharapov bt Koch, Harwood bt Valenzuela, Beadle bt Lysenko, Albert bt Klupar, Rotherham bt Johnstone, Fedin bt Mejia, Sojka bt Presbury.
Round 2: Schmid bt Sojka, Morales bt Fedin, Vyvoda bt Rotherham, Shaw bt Albert, Beadle bt Williams, Harwood bt Sharapov.
Repechage (winner to quarterfinals): heat 1: Sharapov 1, Sojka 2, Albert 3. Heat 2: Rotherham 1, Fedin 2, Williams 3.
Quarterfinals: Schmid bt Rotherham 2-1, Ramirez Morales bt Sharapov 2-0, Harwood bt Vyvoda 2-0, Shaw bt Beadle 2-0.
Fifth to eighth: Beadle 5, Rotherham 6, Vyvoda 7, Sharapov 8.
Women’s sprint, semifinals: Caitlin Ward (AUS) bt Paige Paterson (NZL) 2-0, Daria Shmeleva (RUS) bt Jennifer Valente (USA) 2-0.
Bronze medal ride: Paterson bt Valente 2-0. Gold medal ride: Shmeleva bt Ward 2-0.
Men’s Omnium: Flying lap: Jon Dibben (GBR) 1, Ferando Gaviria Rendon (COL) 2, Tirian McManus (AUS) 3. Points: Gaviria Rendon 1, Raman Tsishkou (BLR) 2, Dmitry Strahov (RUS) 3. Elimination: Vladyslav Kreminskyi (UKR) 1, Gaviria Rendon 2, Strahov 3. Individual pursuit: Dibben 1, McManus 2, Gaviria Rendon 3. Scratch race: Takuya Takashi (JPN) 1, Jonas Rickaert (BEL) 2, Maxime Froidevaux (SUI) 3. Time Trial:
Final standings: Gaviria Rendon 15 points, 1; Dibben 22, 2; McManus 23, 3; Dmitry Strahov (RUS) 35, 4; Vladyslav Kreminskyi (UKR) 39, 5.
Women’s 7.5km scratch race: Georgia Baker (AUS) 1, Sophie Williamson (NZL) 2, Sharna Dalving (BEL) 3.