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Meares back on top in 500m TT

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Rule Britannia: Matthew Crampton (2nd, Team GB), Chris Hoy (1st, Sky+ HD) and Jason Kenny (3rd, Team GB) on the men's sprint podium.

Rule Britannia: Matthew Crampton (2nd, Team GB), Chris Hoy (1st, Sky+ HD) and Jason Kenny (3rd, Team GB) on the men's sprint podium. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) in full flight.

Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) in full flight. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) on his way to another victory.

Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) on his way to another victory. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) and Matt Crampton (Team GB) prepare for their final match up.

Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD) and Matt Crampton (Team GB) prepare for their final match up. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) after her resounding victory in the women's 3000m individual pursuit.

Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) after her resounding victory in the women's 3000m individual pursuit. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Miriam Welte (Germany) waits for her start in the 500m TT.

Miriam Welte (Germany) waits for her start in the 500m TT. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Belgian's Kenny De Ketele and Tim Mertens on the men's madison podium.

Belgian's Kenny De Ketele and Tim Mertens on the men's madison podium. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Josephine Tomic (Australia) did well to make the individual pursuit final, but was outclassed by Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel.

Josephine Tomic (Australia) did well to make the individual pursuit final, but was outclassed by Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) acknowledges her adoring hope crowd.

Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) acknowledges her adoring hope crowd. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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An emotional Anna Meares listens as the Australian national anthem fills the Manchester Velodrome.

An emotional Anna Meares listens as the Australian national anthem fills the Manchester Velodrome. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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No love lost between Matthew Crampton and Jason Kenny. Crampton prevailed in their semi-final stoush in the men's sprint.

No love lost between Matthew Crampton and Jason Kenny. Crampton prevailed in their semi-final stoush in the men's sprint. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Anna Meares during her World Cup winning ride.

Anna Meares during her World Cup winning ride. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Anna Meares (Australia) after stopping the clock fastest in the women's 500m time trial.

Anna Meares (Australia) after stopping the clock fastest in the women's 500m time trial. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Ireland's Heather Wilson rides during just her second ever points race, the final of a World Cup no less.

Ireland's Heather Wilson rides during just her second ever points race, the final of a World Cup no less. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Josephine Tomic (Australia) focusses on the task at hand.

Josephine Tomic (Australia) focusses on the task at hand. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch of Australia get things underway in their team sprint final.

Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch of Australia get things underway in their team sprint final. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Kaarle McCulloch (Australia) combined with Anna Meares to win the women's team sprint.

Kaarle McCulloch (Australia) combined with Anna Meares to win the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Anna Meares (Australia) collects her second gold medal of the night in the women's team sprint.

Anna Meares (Australia) collects her second gold medal of the night in the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Lizzie Armitstead (Team GB) put in a commanding performance in the women's points race.

Lizzie Armitstead (Team GB) put in a commanding performance in the women's points race. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Kelly Druyts (Belgium), on the attack.

Kelly Druyts (Belgium), on the attack. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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Kelly Druyts of Belgium surveys the situation during the women's points race.

Kelly Druyts of Belgium surveys the situation during the women's points race. (Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)

Meares tops Pendleton in 500m TT

Australia's Anna Meares conquered a truly world class field to win the Women's 500 metre time trial on Saturday night in Manchester. A two-time World Champion and Olympic gold medallist in the event, Meares started in the final pairing and stopped the clock in 33.632, to snatch victory from Victoria Pendleton (Sky+ HD) and Willy Kanis (Netherlands).

"I’m really happy. It’s nice to get a good ride as it’s been a while since I’ve raced internationally, since Beijing actually," said Meares, who was knocked out of the women's sprint final on Friday by China's Shuang Guo. "The sprint wasn’t the result I was looking for, but as it’s been so long I was quite nervous and very rusty so I was content to get in the top five."

Tension had built as times dropped steadily throughout the ten heats. Hong Kong's Wal Sze Lee was a popular early leader. She was the first to drop below 35 seconds, with 34.844. However, Lee's time wasn’t to stand for long, as China's Jinjie Gong (34.302) and Belorussian Olga Panarina (34.280) bumped one another down the timesheet.

But as expected it was the final two pairings that would decide the medals. Dutchwoman Willy Kanis was the only one of the final four riders who had missed out on a medal at the World Championships in March. Drawn against a heavily backed Pendleton, she led the Briton through the first lap, but slipped behind in the final 250 metres to record 33.984. Pendleton finished in 33.838 and had a short, but anxious wait to see whether her personal best time would be enough to keep her in the gold medal position.

Moments after Pendleton had completed her lap, Meares strode out on to the Manchester track. On the opposite side of the track would be Simona Krupeckaite, giving the Australian the opportunity to avenge her loss to the Lithuanian at this the World Championships.

Meares got off to a rapid start and quickly dismissed any international competition cobwebs to claim the fastest intermediate time checks of the evening. While Meares rode to a time two tenths faster than Pendleton's mark, Krupeckaite flattered to deceive and was only able to secure fourth place, with 34.066, almost a full second outside her own World record.

For Meares however, victory was a welcome return to winning form ahead of her team sprint final. "The more this tournament has moved on the more comfortable I’ve been getting. I love riding the team sprint and I’m looking forward to that later on this evening."

Pendleton, too, was satisfied with her silver medal performance. "That’s a personal best for me so I’m pleased. I did it on drops and that was a little less aerodynamic, but I thought that was best in practice."

Houvenaghel claims women's pursuit gold

Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) won the women’s individual pursuit in Manchester, beating former junior world champion Josephine Tomic (Australia) into second. Vera Koedoorer (Netherlands) took the bronze, relegating Liere Olaberria (Spain) to fourth.

Houvenaghel set a blistering pace in the qualifying round of 3:30.800 and looked set to match that time over the opening laps as she set about catching her less experienced opponent.

“The ride was something that I hadn’t realty targeted for this World Cup bearing in mind the changes to the Olympic programme, so my main focus is tomorrow and the team pursuit. But today went well and it’s something that I’ve picked up from last year’s World Cup series. Our coaching programme is being revised and it will reflect the Olympic programme that will take place in London,” said Houvenaghel.

With a partisan crowd urging her on Houvenaghel gained time on each lap and caught a despairing Tomic within the final few laps. Despite pushing all the way to the finish Houvenaghel was unable to beat her qualifying time, finishing in 3:31.929.

“Wendy is much faster than me in qualifying and has a lot more experience than me. It’s only my second year doing this event. I was trying to do a personal best, but it didn’t happen. She was just too good for me tonight,” Tomic told Cyclingnews.

The race for the bronze should have been a much closer affair but Olaberria set off at a blistering pace but faded in the final laps just Koedoorer started to apply the pressure.

Belgium nabs gold in Men's Madison

The Belgian combination of Kenny De Ketele and Tim Mertens put on a demonstration of tactical Madison riding to take victory in front of an appreciative Manchester crowd. With no laps taken throughout the race, consistency was the key to the Belgian's victory as they finished one point clear of German pair of Roger Kluge and Robert Bartko. Russia's Sergey and Alexey Shmidt claimed bronze.

Australia's Leigh Howard and Glenn O'Shea were the most enthusiastic duo in the opening laps of the race and were rewarded with victory at the first sprint. Belgium was attentive and took second. The European teams appeared happy to allow the race to settle as the Australians traded blows with the Lokomotiv Russia (Kirill Yatsevich and Alexander Petrovskiy).

At the second sprint Russia (Sergey and Shmidt) chalked up their first points with the maximum available. They scored again at the next sprint, too, as Belgium nestled into second overall.

Germany came to the fore and collected points at each of the next three sprints, a tally that moved them into a joint lead with the Belgians. Despite determined efforts by the Spanish and Dutch teams to snatch a lap, it was the USA's Daniel Holloway and Colby Pearce who looked the most likely to succeed. The two Americans stretched out to a half a lap lead, but couldn't press hard enough before the sixth sprint.

The USA claimed the sprint, but the pressure exerted by the teams behind for the minor placings nullified the attack shortly thereafter. The Dutch and Spanish once again tried to move away, but by the time the race reached the penultimate opportunity for points, De Ketele had closed the gap and swung past to push his team into the outright lead.

With ten laps to go and Germany and Russia locked in a battle for silver and bronze, the impetus to take a lap fell out of the bunch. Germany took the final sprint, but fourth place for the Belgians gave them the point that they needed to seal their win.

Hoy claims another gold in men's sprint

Sir Chris (Sky) Hoy reigned supreme in the sprint final, providing the home crowd with a virtuoso display in sprinting as he took the gold medal ahead of Matthew Crampton (GBR). Hoy won both contests in their match up while Jason Kenny rounded out the podium for the home nation by beating Australia’s Shane Perkins in the bronze medal contest by two rounds to zero.

“I was trying to build on my performance at nationals but to do a 9:86 today was really pleasing. Other than in Beijing it was my fastest ever time and I think that Beijing is a faster track than Manchester for 200s.

"The team performance throughout the weekend has been brilliant and we have more events to come. I’ve said it before but we’re looking forward now and not looking back to the success we had in Beijing,” Hoy said, before praising his two young podium compatriots.

“Sometimes Matt and Jason are faster than me in training and if they weren’t around I wouldn’t be performing. They inspire me,” Hoy said.

In Race 1 of the final Hoy beat Crampton by a bike length, and repeated the feat in the second and decisive contest.

“There were a few big guns missing from this event but it was good,” Crampton said. “I’ll keep chipping away and if I can nip some time off it’ll be good. Chris is still the man to beat though."

Kenny won his first sprint against Shane Perkins (Australia). In the second heat the pair went shoulder to shoulder in the final lap with Kenny narrowly edging out Perkins, guaranteeing Great Britain a clean sweep of the medals.

Earlier in the evening Chris Hoy (Sky) powered through to the final beating Shane Perkins (AUS) in a one sided contest. In the first race Hoy left a large gap develop as he let Perkins dangle on the front before the manoeuvre of the World Cup so far as he dived down from the top of the banking with Perkins caught napping and unable to respond. In their second match up Hoy flipped tactics, dictating the action from the front and setting to out pace Perkins to the line.

The second semi final was a much tougher affair with Matthew Crampton eventually edging out compatriot and training partner Jason Kenny by two rounds to one. Crampton won Race 1, coming over the top of Kenny in the final meters. But Kenny fought back to take Race 2 before Crampton saw off Kenny with a powerful burst of speed that left him trailing home.

Meares doubles gold tally in women's team sprint

World Champion pairing Anna Meares and Kaarle Mcculloch won gold in the Women’s Team Sprint, beating the Dutch team of Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis into silver. Germany rounded out the medals to take bronze ahead of the British team of Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James.

Australia had qualified fastest and as World Champions went into the final as favourites before producing a time of 33:653 to take gold.

“My preparation was hampered by sickness but I’m pleased to take gold,” said McCulloch.

It was Meares’s second gold of the evening after winning the 500 meter time trial. “It’s been great but I’ve done a lot of work to get here. I wanted to get the season off to good note,” she said.

Women's Points race

Lizzie Armitstead closed the second night of competition at the Manchester World Cup with a stellar performance in the women's points race. In a comprehensive victory, Armitstead took the final two sprints, including the finale at the line, to win by a clear margin from Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba) and Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russia).

After a nervous start to the race Gonzalez opened the first of the eight sprints with a win. Russia's Romanyuta levelled with her Cuban colleague at the next opportunity, as Armitstead grabbed her first points with second in the sprint.

With nerves settled by the opening pair of sprints, Switzerland's Andrea Wolfer, France's Pascale Jeuland and World road race Champion Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) took their leave from the main pack. Wolfer and Guderzo stayed out in front long enough to secure a sprint each. However, their forays were brought to naught and Czech Jarmila Machacova scored in the fifth sprint to move into a narrow outright lead with seven points. Boxed in, Armitstead managed to nab third place, but was left in a gaggle of girls level on five points.

A concerted attack by Belorussian Tatsiana Sharakova pulled her into a share of the lead with Gonzalez, while Armitstead gained another point. With two sprints to race, the Briton played her cards. She chose to ride high on the banking to avoid the squeeze on the inside of the track, but needn't have worried as she moved into the lead for the first time.

With the partisan crowd brought to their feet by the penultimate sprint, Armitstead positioned herself once more for the final dash to the line. The order at the finish reflected the final podium as Armitstead left Gonzalez and Romanyuta mopped up the minor points.

With a clear points margin and a comfortable win in the final sprint, Armitstead had appeared to complete the race on her own terms. However a tired, though elated Armitstead admitted that the victory hadn't come easily. "I was talking to my coach and he was saying I was in second. I won [that second last] sprint and went into the lead," she said afterwards.

"Coming into this I wasn’t sure about my form though. It was one of the hardest points races I’ve ever done. They’re hard enough when you’ve got form but when you’re slightly off they’re just painful from beginning to end."
 

Women's 500m TT Final
1Anna Meares (Aus) Australia0.33.632
2Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.33.838
3Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands0.33.984
4Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) Lithuania0.34.066
5Olga Panarina (Blr) Belarus0.34.280
6Jinjie Gong (Chn) People's Republic of China0.34.302
7Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany0.34.359
8Wai Sze Lee (HKg) Hong Kong0.34.844
9Virginie Cueff (Fra) France0.35.191
10Elisa Frisoni (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre0.35.506
11Renata Dabrowska (Pol) Poland0.35.660
12Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Catalunya0.35.770
13Victoria Baranova (Rus) Russian Federation0.35.827
14Angeliki Koutsonikoli (Gre) Greece0.36.865
15Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) Malaysia0.36.942
16Sumaia Ribeiro (Bra) Brazil0.37.381
17Ainhoa Pagola Alvarez (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net0.37.434
18Pelin Cizgin (Aut) Austria0.37.854
19Estefany Marisol Tinajero Cobos (Mex) Mexico0.39.012

Women's Individual Pursuit Final
1Wendy Houvenaghel (GBr) Great Britain0:03:31.929
2Josephine Tomic (Aus) AustraliaLapped
3Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands0:03:41.522
4Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain0:03:42.255
5Lada Kozlikova (Cze) Czech Republic
6Verena Joos (Ger) Germany
7Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania
8Elissavet Chantzi (Gre) Greece
9Victoria Kondel (Rus) Russian Federation
10Edyta Jasinska (Pol) Poland
11Kimberly Geist (USA) United States of America
12Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France
13Jessie Daams (Bel) Belgium
14Lotte Van  Hoek (Ned) Rodin
15Olatz Ferran Zubilaga (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net
16Ana Usabiaga  Balerdi (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 1
1Chris Hoy (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.10.3130.10.523
2Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 2
1Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain0.10.5450.10.822
2Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain0.10.539

Men's Sprint Final
1Chris Hoy (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.10.3400.10.259
2Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain
3Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain0.10.6110.10.700
4Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia
5Ross Edgar (GBr) Team Sky + HD
6Damian Zielinski (Pol) Poland
7Daniel Ellis (Aus) Team Jayco
8Michaël D'Almeida (Fra) US Cretei
9Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz
10Lei Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China
11Tobias Wachter (Ger) Germany
12Maximilian Levy (Ger) Germany
13Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) Japan
14Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team Jayco
15François Pervis (Fra) Cofidis
16Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr) Ukraine
17Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) Bike Technologies Australia
18Adrian Teklinski (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz
19Qi Tang (Chn) People's Republic of China
20Teun Mulder (Ned) Cofidis
21Tomas Babek (Cze) Czech Republic
22Denis Dmitriev (Rus) Moscow Track Team
23Anton Lapshinau (Blr) Belarus
24Adrien Doucet (Fra) France
25Charlie Conord (Fra) US Cretei
26Ilya Okunev (Rus) Russian Federation
27Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland
28Roy Van Den Berg (Ned) Netherlands
29Filip Ditzel (Cze) Czech Republic
30Zafeirios Volikakis (Gre) Greece
31Vasileios Reppas (Gre) Greece
32Sergey Kucherov (Rus) Moscow Track Team
33Francesco Ceci (Ita) Italy
34Edrus Md Yunos (Mas) Malaysia
35Thomas Bonafos (Fra) France
36Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation
37Clemens Selzer (Aut) Austria
38Tomokazu Sato (Jpn) Japan
39Alfredo Moreno Cano (Spa) Catalunya
40Yorrick Bos (Ned) Netherlands
41Artem Frolov (Ukr) Ukraine
42Sergio Aliaga Chivite (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra
43Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa) Catalunya
44Hariff Saleh (Mas) Malaysia
45David Askurava (Geo) Georgia
46Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra
47Oscar Ezker Martin (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net
48Velasquez Morales Santiago (Col) Colombia

Women's Team Sprint Final
1Kaarle McCulloch / Anna Meares (Aus) Australia0.33.653
2Yvonne Hijgenaar / Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands0.34.014
3Dana Glöss / Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany0.34.390
4Rebecca James / Jessica Varnish (GBr) Great Britain0.34.414
5Russia
6Lithuania
7France
8Poland
9Hong Kong
10Greece
11Catalunya
12Mexico

Men's Madison Final
1Kenny De Ketele / Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium17pts
2Roger Kluge / Robert Bartko (Ger) Germany16
3Sergey Kolesnikov / Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Russia11
4Philip Nielsen / Michael Morkov (Den) Denmark9
5Christophe Riblon / Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) France8
6Antonio Tauler Llull / Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Spain6
7Colby Pearce / Daniel Holloway (USA) United States5
8Leigh Howard / Glenn O'shea (Aus) Australia5
9Peter Schep / Danny Stam (Ned) Netherlands3
10Andreas Graf / Andreas Muller (Aut) Austria2
11Elia Viviani / Fabrizio Braggion (Ita) Italy1
12Angelo Ciccone / Alex Buttazzoni (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme
13Ho Ting Kwok / Ki Ho Choi (HKG) Hong Kong Pro Cycling
14Shane Archbold / Thomas Scully (NZl) New Zealand-1 lap
DNFSilvan Dillier / Claudio Imhof (Swi) Switzerland
DNFKirill Yatsevich / Alexander Petrovskiy (Rus) Katyusha

Women's Points Race Final
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great Britain16pts
2Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub) Cuba11
3Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Russian Federation10
4Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr) Belarus8
5Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia7
6Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic7
7Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany5
8Andrea Wolfer (Swi) Switzerland5
9Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain5
10Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) FFA5
11Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France4
12Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy2
13Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Belgium1
14Heather Wilson (Irl) Ireland1
15Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands1
16Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China
17Monia Baccaille (Ita) FFA
18Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) Poland
19Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy
20Penny Day (NZl) PHN
21Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania
22Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium
DNFSkye Lee Armstrong (Aus) Rodin
DNFElissavet Chantzi (Gre) Greece

 

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