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UCI Track World Championships 2011 2011

Date range:
March 23-27, 2011

March 26, Women's Omnium:

Whitten repeats with flawless omnium

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
March 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT,
Updated:
March 28, 2011, 1:08 BST

Hammer overpowers Wild in 500 to claim silver

New Zealand's Joanne Kiesanowski ready to attack down the banking

New Zealand's Joanne Kiesanowski ready to attack down the banking

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Canadian Tara Whitten took her second consecutive title in the women's omnium - probably the most difficult event in which to achieve a repeat victory. She topped American Sarah Hammer, who won the omnium in two World Cups this season, and hometown favourite Kirsten Wild (Netherlands).

With six events, up from last year's five, including an individual pursuit a full kilometre longer and the elimination race, the challenge of a repeat title was daunting. But through consistenly strong timed events and an aggressive move in the scratch race, Whitten secured the win and the only medal of the championships for Canada.

"I wanted to win, obviously that's what I came here to do. I thought it would be harder the second time - I thought there would be different dynamics. I'm just so happy to repeat."

After taking second in the 250m flying lap, then a reasonable eighth in a difficult points race, Whitten nearly lost her chance at the gold medal in the early part of the elimination race. With 17 riders still in the race, the Canadian found herself at the tail end of the race and had to make a late surge. The decision on who was last across the line came to a photo finish, and luckily Whitten made it through and stayed in the race to take fourth.

"The pace was pretty high, and the tactic was to just conserve as much energy as possible. Coming over the top takes a big effort, but that was a little too close for comfort."

Next up was the individual pursuit, a specialty of Whitten's, and she finished second only to Hammer, but because of the American's 11th place finish in the points race, Whitten still had a fairly secure lead in the competition.

In the following scratch race, she could have raced more conservatively, but instead escaped the field by following a move by points race world champion Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus). The two succeeded in lapping the field, and Whitten ended with a second place. Hammer led the last two laps at such a high pace that no one except New Zealand's Joanne Kiesanowski could come around.

"I didn't want to fall into the trap of watching the people I was in contention with," Whitten said of her aggressive rideing. If the opportunity came up I wanted to take advantage of it to put myself in a more comfortable position for the 500."

Hammer, on the other hand, took a purposefully conservative stance knowing she could try to challenge Whitten, but with just one race remaining and a two point gap to make up on Wild for silver but seven points between her and Whitten, it would be too risky.

"At that point, with the position I was in I couldn't get greedy and go only for gold. Tara had a good margin on me, and if you get greedy for gold you can lose everything. The girl I was really watching was the Polish girl (Malgorzata Wojtyra, who came in fourth overall). She was an important one for me at that point, because she's a good 500 rider.

Whitten, also a formidable 500m time trialist, came in fifth in the race, on place behind Hammer to claim the overall win, while Wild plummeted to third with a 16th place finish.

"That 500 took a lot out of me," Hammer said after topping Wild by 1.3 seconds over the two-lap race. "I had a much better second day of racing. I'm really excited - the goal was top three, and you can't argue with Tara's performance. Hands down she is without a doubt the world's best at this.

"I've had a really good run for the past two World Cups. I was preparing for if I wasn't in the position to be leading. I was happy with how I held it together, especially after the points race, I was pretty down on myself.

"That's the nature of the omnium, being able to hold it together when you do have bad performances."

Whitten's only flaw of the two days was her points race, where she took a few minor placings in the sprints, but missed the winning moves that succeeded in lapping the field.

"The points race is funny for me, it can go really well or I can make some pretty big mistakes. I never know what to expect, but that's what the omnium is, every event something new can happen. This year that was my worst event, but I know it can be good in the future.

"I'm sure the dynamics will change leading up to the Olympics. I expect everyone to get better in everything.

"But I'm going to appreciate this right now, and in a couple weeks I will start to think about how to get better for next year."Race 1 - 200m flying lap

Women's omnium - 250m flying lap
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 0:00:14.469  
2 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:00:14.691  
3 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 0:00:14.789  
4 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 0:00:14.796  
5 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 0:00:14.914  
6 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 0:00:14.935  
7 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 0:00:14.960  
8 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:00:14.976  
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 0:00:14.992  
10 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 0:00:14.998  
11 Amy Cure (Australia) 0:00:15.052  
12 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 0:00:15.070  
13 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 0:00:15.072  
14 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 0:00:15.131  
15 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 0:00:15.140  
16 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 0:00:15.272  
17 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 0:00:15.281  
18 Pascale Jeuland (France) 0:00:15.282  
19 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 0:00:15.322  
20 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:15.387  
21 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 0:00:15.436  
22 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 0:00:15.447  
23 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 0:00:16.051  
24 Minami Uwano (Japan) 0:00:16.837  

Race 2 - points race

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 25  pts
2 Amy Cure (Australia) 21  
3 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 20  
4 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 15  
5 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 12  
6 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 9  
7 Pascale Jeuland (France) 8  
8 Tara Whitten (Canada) 7  
9 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 6  
10 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 3  
11 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 3  
12 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 3  
13 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 3  
14 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 3  
15 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 3  
16 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 2  
17 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 2  
18 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 2  
19 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 1  
20 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)    
21 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)    
22 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)    
23 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
DNF Minami Uwano (Japan)    
Women's omnium standings after 2 races
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 9  pts
2 Tara Whitten (Canada) 10  
3 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 10  
4 Amy Cure (Australia) 13  
5 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 15  
6 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 17  
7 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 17  
8 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 19  
9 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 21  
10 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 23  
11 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 23  
12 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 24  
13 Pascale Jeuland (France) 25  
14 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 26  
15 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 26  
16 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 27  
17 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 28  
18 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 29  
19 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 29  
20 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 33  
21 50 42  
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 43  
23 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 43  
24 Minami Uwano (Japan) 72  

Race 3 - elimination race

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)    
2 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)    
3 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)    
4 Tara Whitten (Canada)    
5 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America)    
6 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)    
7 Pascale Jeuland (France)    
8 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)    
9 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)    
10 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)    
11 Amy Cure (Australia)    
12 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)    
13 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)    
14 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)    
15 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)    
16 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania)    
17 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)    
18 Min Hye Lee (Korea)    
19 Laura Trott (Great Britain)    
20 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)    
21 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)    
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
REL Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)    
DNS Minami Uwano (Japan)    

Standings after 3 races

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 12  pts
2 Tara Whitten (Canada) 14  
3 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 18  
4 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 22  
5 Amy Cure (Australia) 24  
6 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 27  
7 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 28  
8 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 32  
9 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 32  
10 Pascale Jeuland (France) 32  
11 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 33  
12 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 35  
13 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 35  
14 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 36  
15 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 38  
16 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 44  
17 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 48  
18 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 48  
19 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 49  
20 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 49  
21 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 49  
22 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 58  
23 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 65  
DNF Minami Uwano (Japan)    

Race 4 - individual pursuit

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 0:03:34.012  
2 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:03:36.219  
3 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 0:03:38.880  
4 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 0:03:40.684  
5 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 0:03:41.419  
6 Amy Cure (Australia) 0:03:41.561  
7 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 0:03:42.375  
8 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 0:03:42.441  
9 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 0:03:43.167  
10 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:03:44.674  
11 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 0:03:44.725  
12 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 0:03:46.455  
13 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 0:03:48.494  
14 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 0:03:48.596  
15 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 0:03:50.003  
16 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 0:03:50.270  
17 Pascale Jeuland (France) 0:03:50.810  
18 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 0:03:51.133  
19 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 0:03:52.012  
20 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 0:04:00.824  
21 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 0:04:01.548  
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 0:04:09.802  
DNS Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)    

Standings after 4 races

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tara Whitten (Canada) 16  pts
2 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 21  
3 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 23  
4 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 29  
5 Amy Cure (Australia) 30  
6 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 35  
7 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 37  
8 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 40  
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 40  
10 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 43  
11 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 45  
12 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 48  
13 Pascale Jeuland (France) 49  
14 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 50  
15 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 52  
16 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 52  
17 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 53  
18 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 67  
19 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 68  
20 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 70  
21 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 77  
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 87  
DNF Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)    
DNF Minami Uwano (Japan)    

Race 5 - Scratch race

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)    
2 Tara Whitten (Canada)    
3 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)    
4 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America)    
5 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)    
6 Amy Cure (Australia)    
7 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)    
8 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)    
9 Laura Trott (Great Britain)    
10 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)    
11 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)    
12 Min Hye Lee (Korea)    
13 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)    
14 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)    
15 Pascale Jeuland (France)    
16 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)    
17 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)    
18 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)    
19 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)    
20 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania)    
21 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)    
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
Standings after 5 events
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tara Whitten (Canada)    
2 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)    
3 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America)    
4 Amy Cure (Australia)    
5 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)    
6 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)    
7 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)    
8 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)    
9 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)    
10 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)    
11 Min Hye Lee (Korea)    
12 Laura Trott (Great Britain)    
13 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)    
14 Pascale Jeuland (France)    
15 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)    
16 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)    
17 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)    
18 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)    
19 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)    
20 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)    
21 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania)    
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
23 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)    
24 Minami Uwano (Japan)    

Race 6 - 500m time trial

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Laura Trott (Great Britain) 0:00:35.799  
2 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 0:00:36.015  
3 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 0:00:36.143  
4 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 0:00:36.204  
5 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:00:36.231  
6 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) 0:00:36.272  
7 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei) 0:00:36.382  
8 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 0:00:36.604  
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 0:00:36.687  
10 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) 0:00:36.756  
11 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 0:00:36.764  
12 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand) 0:00:36.833  
13 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 0:00:36.940  
14 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela) 0:00:37.092  
15 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:00:37.158  
16 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 0:00:37.557  
17 Amy Cure (Australia) 0:00:37.803  
18 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 0:00:38.247  
19 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 0:00:38.646  
20 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:38.808  
21 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 0:00:38.819  
22 Pascale Jeuland (France) 0:00:38.961  

Final standings

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tara Whitten (Canada)    
2 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America)    
3 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)    
4 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)    
5 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)    
6 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)    
7 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)    
8 Amy Cure (Australia)    
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)    
10 Evgenya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)    
11 Laura Trott (Great Britain)    
12 Min Hye Lee (Korea)    
13 Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)    
14 Lisa Brennauer (Germany)    
15 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)    
16 Pascale Jeuland (France)    
17 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)    
18 Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)    
19 Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand)    
20 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)    
21 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania)    
22 Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
23 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)    
24 Minami Uwano (Japan)