Competition had barely begun when Chinaâ€™s Tianshi Zhong literally flew around the new velodrome in Aguascalientes to set a new world record in the womenâ€™s time trial. Her time of 10.573 for the 200 metres flying start, still to be ratified, lowers the previous record of 10.643 set by Germanyâ€™s Miriam Welte in June last year.
The atmosphere was set for the 2nd day of competition at the Mexican round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung. Zhong finally finished 5th in the eveningâ€™s final, which was won by her compatriot Jinjie Gong, a trainee at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle.
The womenâ€™s racing continued to provide plenty of emotion, with Polandâ€™s Katarzyna Pawlowska taking her second gold medal of the competition: her win in the individual pursuit followed her victory in the points race the day before. Pawlowska also claims the overall World Cup title in the two disciplines.
The last day of the menâ€™s omnium saw the competitors race the individual pursuit, 15km scratch race and the kilometre time trial. Victorious in the pursuit, Russiaâ€™s Artur Ershov won the omnium ahead of Vivien Brisse (FRA) and the Czech Republicâ€™s Ondrej Rybin, who took honours in the time trial event. Sixth in the omnium in Aguascalientes, Switzerlandâ€™s Loic Perizzolo takes the overall World Cup honours.
The final race of the evening was the menâ€™s keirin, won by Dutch athlete Matthijs Buchli, who also wins the World Cup title ahead of Germanyâ€™s Stefan Boetticher, victorious in Glasgow, and the Colombian Fabian Puerta, who won the opening round in front of his home crowd in Cali, Colombia.
The third and final day of competition in Aguascalientes will feature the final of the menâ€™s Madison, menâ€™s sprint, womenâ€™s omnium and womenâ€™s keirin.
Photo: China's Tianshi Zhong set a new world record in the women's sprint
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