Sergent, Phinney to battle for gold in pursuit

Bobridge misses the gold medal final

Many saw this year’s individual pursuit to be a likely battle between Taylor Phinney and Jack Bobridge, the first dominating last year’s championships and the second recording a blistering 4.14.27 in February, but Jesse Sergent tore that script up when he was quickest in today’s qualification round.

Sergent (New Zealand) set the fastest time of 4.15.988, beating his Trek-Livestrong team-mate Phinney (USA) by 0.114 in the last of the heats. The American was almost a second off his personal best and US record set at last years worlds.

Bobridge (Australia) was quickest of all the riders at 2000 and 3000 metres, but his pace tailed off slightly at the finish. He was the provisional leader but dropped to third after Sergent and Phinney scrapped it out.

His 4.17.169 beat the 4.18.356 of Alexander Serov (Russia), setting them up for a fight-off for bronze this evening.

Fifth and sixth went to Dennis Rohan (Australia) and Vitaliy Schedov (Ukraine).

Past champions through to next round of men’s keirin

Three former winners of the world championship keirin successfully progressed to this evening’s second round of the contest, with defending champion Maximillian Levy, 2007/2008 victor Chris Hoy and the 2005 victor Teun Mulder all qualifying this afternoon.

Britain’s Matt Crampton and Levy (Germany) were the two quickest in the first heat, while Francois Pervis (France) and the Kiki Sam Webster progressed in the second. Malaysian rider Azizulhasni Awang led Mulder (Netherlands) over the line in heat three.

However Awang’s compatriot Josiah Ng Onn Lam was involved in controversy in the final of the four heats, cutting across Hoy at the start and sending the Briton crashing to the ground. Following a short delay for the commissaires to check video footage, he was disqualified.

Hoy showed there was no lingering effects from his spill when he raced to victory in the restarted heat four. He was a long way back with two laps to go but thundered to the front in the finishing straight, showing that he means business.

Those who did not qualify will have a second chance this evening when the repechages are held.

Australia tops women's team pursuit

The Australian team put itself into a prime position to take home its third gold medal when the women's pursuit team rocketed to the fastest qualifying time over the team from Great Britain.

Despite being a young squad, with 19-year old Ashlee Ankudinoff and 20-year-olds Sarah Kent and former junior world champion Josephine Tomic, the Australians managed to top the Brits by 3 tenths of a second.

The New Zealand team was shut out of the gold medal final by 36 thousands of a second, denying former pursuit champion Alison Shanks a chance to don another rainbow jersey.

The Kiwis will face the team from the USA in the bronze medal final tonight.

Men's Individual Pursuit - Qualifying

1Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)0:04:15.988 
2Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:04:16.102 
3Jack Bobridge (Australia)0:04:17.169 
4Alexander Serov (Russian Federation)0:04:18.356 
5Rohan Dennis (Australia)0:04:19.292 
6Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)0:04:20.316 
7Westley Gough (New Zealand)0:04:20.685 
8Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)0:04:22.239 
9Vitaliy Popkov (Ukraine)0:04:22.999 
10Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)0:04:23.595 
11Patrick Gretsch (Germany)0:04:24.224 
12David O'Loughlin (Ireland)0:04:25.203 
13Artur Ershov (Russian Federation)0:04:25.352 
14Marco Coledan (Italy)0:04:26.267 
15Levi Heimans (Netherlands)0:04:26.405 
16Arno Van Der Zwet (Netherlands)0:04:26.677 
17Ingmar De Poortere (Belgium)0:04:27.400 
18Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)0:04:28.327 
19Jonathan Dufrasne (Belgium)0:04:29.416 
20King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China)0:04:32.195 
21Julien Morice (France)0:04:33.391 
22Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)0:04:33.590 
23Jie Wang (People's Republic of China)0:04:34.747 
24Xiao Jiang (People's Republic of China)0:04:38.331 
25Magkoyras Neofytos Sakellaridis (Greece)0:04:39.081 
26Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)0:04:47.445 
DSQAlexey Kolessov (Kazakhstan)  

Men's Keirin - Round 1

Heat 1
1Matthew Crampton (Great Britain) *  
2Maximilian Levy (Germany) *  
3Jason Niblett (Australia)  
4Francesco Ceci (Italy)  
5Charlie Conord (France)  
6Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece)  
Heat 2
1François Pervis (France) *  
2Sam Webster (New Zealand) *  
3Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)  
4Kota Asai (Japan)  
5Carsten Bergemann (Germany)  
6Michael Thomson (South Africa)  
7Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark)  
Heat 3
1Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) *  
2Teun Mulder (Netherlands) *  
3Christos Volikakis (Greece)  
4Michael Seidenbecher (Germany)  
5Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)  
6Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)  
7Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)  
Heat 4
1Chris Hoy (Great Britain) *  
2Shane Perkins (Australia) *  
3Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)  
4Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)  
5Travis Smith (Canada)  
6Saifei Bao (People's Republic of China)  
DSQJosiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)  
Women's Team Pursuit - Qualifying
 Ashlee Ankudinoff  
 Sarah Kent  
 Josephine Tomic  
2Great Britain0:03:23.369 
 Elizabeth Armitstead  
 Wendy Houvenaghel  
 Joanna Rowsell  
3New Zealand0:03:24.405 
 Rushlee Buchanan  
 Lauren Ellis  
 Alison Shanks  
4United States0:03:24.661 
 Dotsie Bausch  
 Sarah Hammer  
 Lauren Tamayo  
 Vera Koedooder  
 Amy Pieters  
 Ellen Van Dijk  
 Laura Brown  
 Stephanie Roorda  
 Tara Whitten  
 Charlotte Becker  
 Lisa Brennauer  
 Verena Joos  
 Yelizaveta Bochkarova  
 Svitlana Galyuk  
 Lesya Kalitovska  
 Jessie Daams  
 Jolien D'Hoore  
 Kelly Druyts  
 Fan Jiang  
 Wenwen Jiang  
 Jing Liang  
 Tatiana Antoshina  
 Anastasia Chulkova  
 Victoria Kondel  
 Edyta Jasinska  
 Katarzyna Pawlowska  
 Malgorzata Wojtyra  
 Sophie Creux  
 Fiona Dutriaux  
 Pascale Jeuland  
 Monia Baccaille  
 Tatiana Guderzo  
 Marta Tagliaferro  
 Svetlana Pauliukaite  
 Vilija Sereikaite  
 Ausrine Trebaite  

 Men's Keirin - Round 1 Repechages

1Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand) *  
2Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)  
3Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)  
4Michael Thomson (South Africa)  
Heat 2
1Jason Niblett (Australia) *  
2Travis Smith (Canada)  
3Francesco Ceci (Italy)  
4Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark)  
RELAdam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)  
Heat 3
1Michael Seidenbecher (Germany) *  
2Christos Volikakis (Greece)  
3Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)  
4Charlie Conord (France)  
5Saifei Bao (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 4
1Kota Asai (Japan) *  
2Carsten Bergemann (Germany)  
3Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece)  
4Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)  
Back to top