Two world records set in Moscow

For the second day in a row, Kevin Sireau has broken the world record for the 200 metre flying sprint at the GP of Moscow. The Frenchman covered the distance in 9.572, which is a significant improvement over the 9.650 he recorded on Friday. Before Sireau lowered the world record twice in two days, the previous record belonged to Theo Bos who rode 9.772 in December 2006. As did Sireau, Bos also set his record in Moscow on the Krylatskoe velodrome, utilized for the 1980 Olympic Games, which has a reputation for being particularly fast.

A tall sprinter (1.88m and 90kg), Sireau is a two-time world champion. In Manchester, England last year and Pruszkow, Poland this year he won the team sprint with the French team. Sireau also won a bronze medal in the individual sprint behind his compatriot Gregory Baugé and Malaysia’s Azizul Hasni Awang at the 2009 world championships.

In addition to Sireau, four members of Team Moscow set a new world record for the junior men's team pursuit. Victor Manakov, Konstantin Kuperasov, Ivan Savitsky and Matvej Zubov covered 4000 metres in 4:04.448 at Russia's junior national championships, beating the previous mark by more than three seconds. The previous world record was also set by a Russian team in 2003.

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