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UCI Track World Championships 2012

Date range:
April 4- 8, 2012

April 04, Men's Team Sprint:

Australia upset France in shock gold medal ride-off

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
April 04, 2012, 12:44 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2012, 5:28 BST

Great Britain, Germany disqualified in qualifying

The Aussie team sprint World Champions.

The Aussie team sprint World Champions.

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Australia caused a huge upset by beating France to the men's team sprint gold, the host nation’s first world title in the event since 1996.

It was a controversial competition with Australia upgraded from the bronze medal ride-off they were expecting after Great Britain and Germany were both relegated for transitioning outside the designated area on the track. Prior to the ruling, France had been expecting to face Germany while Australia had been set to line up against Great Britain.

The Australian team of Shane Perkins, Scott Sunderland and former pole vaulter Matthew Glaetzer edged ahead of France with Glaetzer making the slightest of gains against Michael D’Almeida on the final lap to clock a time of 43.266, a win by just 0.001.

Perkins celebrated by doing several laps of the track with his son, Aidan.

"All of us cut a tenth [of a second] off our time from qualifying!"he said.</p>

"Then Matty [Glaetzer] with his last lap brought it home for us. It's fantastic. It just worked really well as a team.

"I've definitely got to be happy with that. Especially the home crowd, a lot of pressure, home championships - and with the kind of week I've had," Perkins added, having been clipped by a car while training on the road last Sunday.

"I couldn't ask for anything better."

Gregory Bauge, who's violation of the whereabouts requirements forced France to lose their 2011 world title in the event, said that he was still satisfied with the team's performance.

"This is our absolute best time," he was adamant. "We're happy. It is a little bitter but more importantly, in a few months. The Olympics is the most important [event]."

Team Sprint Qualifying
1 France 0:00:43.247  
  Gregory Bauge (France)    
  Kevin Sireau (France)    
  Michael D'Almeida (France)    
2 Australia 0:00:43.512  
  Shane Perkins (Australia)    
  Scott Sunderland (Australia)    
  Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)    
3 New  Zealand 0:00:43.742  
  Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)    
  Sam Webster (New Zealand)    
  Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)    
4 Japan 0:00:44.039  
  Kazuki Amagai (Japan)    
  Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)    
  Seiichiro Nakagawa (Japan)    
5 China 0:00:44.049  
  Changsong Cheng (People's Republic of China)    
  Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
  Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
6 Russia 0:00:44.215  
  Sergei Kucherov (Russian Federation)    
  Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)    
  Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation)    
7 Netherlands 0:00:44.282  
  Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)    
  Teun Mulder (Netherlands)    
  Hugo Haak (Netherlands)    
8 Venezuela 0:00:44.399  
  Cesar Mervin Marcano Sanchez (Venezuela)    
  Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)    
  Angel Ramiro Pulgar Araujo (Venezuela)    
9 Poland 0:00:44.819  
  Maciej Bielecki (Poland)    
  Damian Zielinski (Poland)    
  Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)    
10 Czech  Republic 0:00:45.179  
  Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)    
  Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)    
  Filip Ditzel (Czech Republic)    
11 Canada 0:00:45.192  
  Hugo Barrette (Canada)    
  Joseph Veloce (Canada)    
  Travis Smith (Canada)    
12 Malaysia 0:00:45.529  
  Mohd Fattah Amri Zaid (Malaysia)    
  Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos (Malaysia)    
  Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)    
13 India 0:00:51.042  
  Amarjeet Singh (India)    
  Bikram Singh O. (India)    
  Amrit Singh (India)    
REL Germany    
  Rene Enders (Germany)    
  Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
  Stefan Nimke (Germany)    
REL Great  Britain    
  Philip Hindes (Great Britain)    
  Jason Kenny (Great Britain)    
  Chris Hoy (Great Britain)    
REL United  States    
  Michael Blatchford (United States of America)    
  Jimmy Watkins (United States of America)    
  Kevin Mansker (United States of America)    
REL Greece    
  Christos Tserentzoulias (Greece)    
  Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece)    
  Christos Volikakis (Greece)    
Team Sprint Finals - Gold medal round
1 Australia 0:00:43.266  
  Shane Perkins (Australia)    
  Scott Sunderland (Australia)    
  Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)    
2 France 0:00:43.267  
  Gregory Bauge (France)    
  Kevin Sireau (France)    
  Michael D'Almeida (France)    
Team Sprint Finals - Bronze medal round
3 New  Zealand 0:00:43.812  
  Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)    
  Sam Webster (New Zealand)    
  Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)    
4 Japan 0:00:43.896  
  Kazuki Amagai (Japan)    
  Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)    
  Seiichiro Nakagawa (Japan)