Track Worlds: Dygert dominant in pursuit, Dmitriev finally sprint champion

Benjamin wins Omnium and Shmeleva takes 500m TT title

Day four of the UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong saw history made with Belgium crowned the first world champions of the women’s madison. Russia dominated the sprint events with victory in the men’s individual sprint, and gold and bronze in the women’s 500-meter time trial.

Chloe Dygert (USA) showed that she is a force to be reckoned with after blasting to victory in the women’s individual pursuit, while France’s Benjamin Thomas scored a hard-won victory in a tense finale to the men’s omnium.

The first medals of the day were awarded in the women’s 500 metre time trial. Two-time defending champion Anastasiis Voinova set the benchmark in qualifying during the morning session, but it was her teammate Daria Shmeleva who dug deep to improve her time on the effort that mattered to win the gold medal, while Voinova claimed third. It is Shmeleva’s second gold of the competition after winning the team sprint with Voinova earlier in the week. Germany’s Miriam Welte, who failed to medal last season, slotted herself between the two Russians in the silver medal position.

After Archibald won the women’s omnium on day three, it was the turn of the male endurance riders to test their form in the new four-event competition. None of last year’s medallists were on the start line but that wouldn’t stop it from being a thrilling battle between the field. Spain’s Albert Torres set his stall out early with victory in the opening round of the scratch race and second in the following tempo race. After a disappointing start, Aaron Gate put himself back in the game by beating Torres in the tempo event.

Following the tempo, the omnium took a break until they picked things up again with the elimination race in the evening session. It would be a crash packed return to action for the peloton, for Poland’s Szymon Sajnok in particular who hit the deck twice during the competition, dropping him down the standings overall. Gate was another big loser, finishing just 10th, while Australia’s Sam Welsford put on a good show to take the maximum points.

The points race would once again prove the decider, and after losing out in the elimination race, Gate took the event by the horns and attacked whenever he could. Gate looked like he might just make the jump from fifth up to first, and even had some help from Welsford, but the ever-consistent Thomas – who had begun the final event in second place – launched a long-range sprint on the final lap to take enough points to seal victory by just two points. Gate had to settle for second place, while Torres dropped from first ahead of the points race to third place. Gate and Welsford would later be given a warning from the commissaires for collusion.

Fresh from the taste of gold in the team pursuit, Dygert added another chuck of metal to her cabnet with success in the individual competition. Dygert had come within fractions of a second of setting the world record in qualifying, missing it by a little over half a second. While she went two seconds slower in the gold medal ride, it was more than enough to see-off Ashlee Ankudinoff to claim victory. Kelly Catlin made it a second medal for the USA when she beat defending champion Rebecca Wiasak for the bronze medal.

The women’s madison made its debut at the World Championships on day four and it was as action packed as could be expected. There were some early crashes, with Australia’s Alexandra Manly coming down hard twice after complications in the change. Despite the crashes, Manly and her teammate Amy Cure were consistently in the mix for the points. Great Britain set their stall out early by taking the full five points on the first sprint but Belgium came back strong, winning four of the 12 sprints, including the crucial final lap.

The pairing of Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’hoore won by 10 points over the British duo Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson. It would have been more but Belgium were relegated in sprint 10 after Kopecky moved into the sprinters line and forced Barker off the track. A battered and bruised Australia took the final spot on the podium.

In the men’s sprint, Matthew Glaetzer and Max Niederlag found themselves dumped out of the quarterfinals after they were both relegated for irregular movement. That was good news for Britain’s Ryan Owens and New Zealand’s Ethan Mitchell, who progressed into the semi-finals. They would both be beaten and Mitchell got the bettering of Owens to take the bronze.

For the gold medal, Denis Dmitriev went up against the young Dutchman Harrie Levreysen. After a close call last year against Jason Kenny, this would be Dmitriev’s best chance at a world title in some time. The Russian did not need to be asked twice and claimed the gold medal in two straightforward competitions.

Full Results

Women's 500m time trial - Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anastasiia Voinova (Russian Federation)0:00:33.325 
2Daria Shmeleva (Russian Federation)0:00:33.419 
3Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:33.450 
4Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)0:00:33.647 
5Pauline Sophie Grabosch (Germany)0:00:33.732 
6Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia)0:00:34.153 
7Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)0:00:34.209 
8Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)0:00:34.276 
9Kyra Lamberink (Netherlands)0:00:34.329 
10Jessica Salazar Valles (Mexico)0:00:34.331 
11Olena Starikova (Ukraine)0:00:34.337 
12Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)0:00:34.375 
13Katy Marchant (Great Britain)0:00:34.659 
14Helena Casas Roige (Spain)0:00:34.693 
15Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)0:00:34.774 
16Miriam Vece (Italy)0:00:34.822 
17Migle Marozaite (Lithuania)0:00:34.859 
18Yuli Verdugo Osuna (Mexico)0:00:34.975 
19Tatiana Kiseleva (Russian Federation)0:00:35.638 
20Deborah Deborah (India)0:00:35.841 
21Wing Yu Ma (Hong Kong)0:00:37.128 
Men's Omnium - Scratch Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)  
2Benjamin Thomas (France)  
3Simone Consonni (Italy)  
4Maximilian Beyer (Germany)  
5Szymon Sajnok (Poland)  
6Aaron Gate (New Zealand)  
7Roy Eefting (Netherlands)  
8Sultanmurat Miraliyev (Kazakhstan)-1 
9Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)-1 
10Sam Welsford (Australia)-1 
11Casper Pedersen (Denmark)-1 
12Lindsay De Vylder (Belgium)-1 
13Shunsuke Imamura (Japan)-1 
14Sanghoon Park (Korea)-1 
15Raman Tsishkou (Belarus)-1 
16Roman Gladysh (Ukraine)-1 
17Gael Suter (Switzerland)-1 
18Chun Wing Leung (Hong Kong)-1 
19Viktor Manakov (Russia)-1 
20Christopher Latham (Great Britain)-1 
21Edibaldo Maldonado Rayas (Mexico)-1 
Men's Sprint - Quarterfinal - Heat 1, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.350 
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)0:00:00.776 
Heat 1, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.148 
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)0:00:00.061 
Heat 2, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:10.292 
2Max Niederlag (Germany)0:00:00.096 
Heat 2, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Niederlag (Germany)0:00:10.169 
2Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:00.014 
Heat 2, Race 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Owens (Great Britain)  
2Max Niederlag (Germany)Relegated 
Heat 3, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:10.225 
2Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)0:00:00.677 
Heat 3, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:10.274 
2Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)0:00:00.004 
Heat 4, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)0:00:10.329 
2Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:00.049 
Heat 4, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:10.053 
2Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)0:00:00.062 
Heat 4, Race 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)  
2Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)Relegated 
Men's Omnium - Tempo Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gate (New Zealand)43 pts
2Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)40 
3Szymon Sajnok (Poland)25 
4Casper Pedersen (Denmark)25 
5Roy Eefting (Netherlands)24 
6Benjamin Thomas (France)23 
7Maximilian Beyer (Germany)22 
8Gael Suter (Switzerland)22 
9Sam Welsford (Australia)22 
10Lindsay De Vylder (Belgium)21 
11Viktor Manakov (Russia)21 
12Simone Consonni (Italy)21 
13Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)21 
14Chun Wing Leung (Hong Kong)21 
15Sanghoon Park (Korea)3 
16Sultanmurat Miraliyev (Kazakhstan)2 
17Raman Tsishkou (Belarus)  
18Edibaldo Maldonado Rayas (Mexico)  
19Roman Gladysh (Ukraine)  
20Christopher Latham (Great Britain)  
21Shunsuke Imamura (Japan)  
Women's 500m time trial - Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daria Shmeleva (Russian Federation)0:00:33.282 
2Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:33.382 
3Anastasiia Voinova (Russian Federation)0:00:33.454 
4Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)0:00:33.723 
5Pauline Sophie Grabosch (Germany)0:00:33.855 
6Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia)0:00:34.291 
7Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)0:00:34.489 
8Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)0:00:34.526 
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Welsford (Australia)  
2Simone Consonni (Italy)  
3Benjamin Thomas (France)  
4Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)  
5Maximilian Beyer (Germany)  
6Roy Eefting (Netherlands)  
7Raman Tsishkou (Belarus)  
8Gael Suter (Switzerland)  
9Shunsuke Imamura (Japan)  
10Aaron Gate (New Zealand)  
11Sultanmurat Miraliyev (Kazakhstan)  
12Lindsay De Vylder (Belgium)  
13Christopher Latham (Great Britain)  
14Roman Gladysh (Ukraine)  
15Szymon Sajnok (Poland)  
16Edibaldo Maldonado Rayas (Mexico)  
17Casper Pedersen (Denmark)  
18Sanghoon Park (Korea)  
19Chun Wing Leung (Hong Kong)  
20Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)  
21Viktor Manakov (Russia)  
Women's Madison
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Belgium44 pts
 Lotte Kopecky  
 Jolien D'hoore  
2Great Britain34 pts
 Elinor Barker  
 Emily Nelson  
3Australia25 pts
 Amy Cure  
 Alexandra Manly  
4New Zealand15 pts
 Racquel Sheath  
 Michaela Drummond  
5Italy14 pts
 Maria Giulia Confalnieri  
 Rachele Barbieri  
6France5 pts
 Coralie Demay  
 Laurie Berthon  
7Mexico5 pts
 Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Vazquez  
 Sofia Arreola Navarro  
8United States1 
 Kimberly Zubris  
 Kimberly Geist  
 Mariia Averina  
 Diana Klimova  
 Lydia Gurley  
 Lydia Boylan  
11Hong Kong-20 
 Zhaojuan Meng  
 Yao Pang  
 Anna Nahirna  
 Oksana Kliachina  
10Czech RepublicDNF 
 Jarmila Machacova  
 Lucie Hochmann  
 Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya  
 Polina Pivovarova  
 Daria Pikulik  
 Nikol Plosaj  
 Laura Brown  
 Stephanie Roorda  
Men's Sprint - Semi-final - Heat 1, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.077 
2Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:00.197 
Heat 2, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.156 
2Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:00.154 
Heat 2, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:10.193 
2Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:00.066 
Heat 2, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:10.226 
2Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:00.080 
Women's Individual Pursuit - Gold Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (United States Of America)0:03:24.641 
2Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)0:03:31.784 
Bronze Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Kelly Catlin (United States Of America)0:03:30.365 
4Rebecca Wiasak (Australia)0:03:31.173 
Men's Sprint - Gold Final - Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.108 
2Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:00.201 
Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)0:00:10.156 
2Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)0:00:00.179 
Men's Sprint - Bronze Final - Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:09.949 
2Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:00.526 
Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)0:00:10.165 
2Ryan Owens (Great Britain)0:00:00.255 
Men's Omnium - Final Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas (France)149 pts
2Aaron Gate (New Zealand)147 
3Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)138 
4Simone Consonni (Italy)121 
5Roy Eefting (Netherlands)119 
6Casper Pedersen (Denmark)99 
7Sam Welsford (Australia)94 
8Szymon Sajnok (Poland)85 
9Maximilian Beyer (Germany)78 
10Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)77 
11Gael Suter (Switzerland)60 
12Lindsay De Vylder (Belgium)58 
13Sultanmurat Miraliyev (Kazakhstan)36 
14Sanghoon Park (Korea)32 
15Raman Tsishkou (Belarus)28 
16Viktor Manakov (Russia)27 
17Chun Wing Leung (Hong Kong)25 
18Christopher Latham (Great Britain)22 
19Shunsuke Imamura (Japan)21 
20Roman Gladysh (Ukraine)8 
21Edibaldo Maldonado Rayas (Mexico)  


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