Great Britain Rides to Fourth World Title, Aussies Medal Haul Ends at Nine
The 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships concluded Sunday as Australia bagged another two medals to maintain their stronghold on the medal count and close the games as the most highly decorated nation at the annual crown jewel of nternational level track cycling competition. Kate Bates snagged her second silver medal of the weekend with a strong ride in the women's scratch race and Jobie Dajka rode to a bronze in the men's sprint to bring the Aussie medal total to nine.
In terms of world championships though, it was Great Britain who took home the most with four world titles, adding another one today in the men's Madison event courtesy of Robert Hayles and Mark Cabendish. Also, the consistent and well-rounded Dutch squad earned another two medals in the final day of racing thanks to Robert Slippens and Danny Stam in the Madison and sprinter Yvonne Hijgenaar in the women's keirin.
As host country for the first time in 19 years, the United States came away from the 2005 world championships without a medal despite a handful of opportunities on Sunday. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Was.) made the finals in the keirin but finished sixth, the best finish for the U.S. squad in an otherwise modest overall performance.