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2013 UCI Track World Championships: Great Britain asserts its supremacy




Thanks to Simon Yates’ and Jason Kenny’s wins in the third evening of the UCI Track World Championships, Great Britain has taken first place in the medals ranking in Minsk (Belarus). With three wins, the British now lead in front of Australia and Germany.

Pawlowska, one year on

The only women’s event scheduled for this meeting, the Scratch, was won by Katarzyna Pawlowska who beat Mexico’s Sofia Arreola Navarro and Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta. At 24 years of age, the Pole has obtained her second consecutive win in this speciality in the World Championships, a year after the Melbourne edition.

Yates, the man to watch out for in the future?

If, to this day, the best British performances in this edition of the UCI Track World Championships had been achieved by the women, nobody could possibly question the ability of the world’s strongest team to shine.

The first of two victories of the day “made in UK” went to Simon Yates, who came back from behind to win the points race in the last sprint. For his first experience at this level, Yates – who has just celebrated his 20th birthday– took part in the event’s decisive move with four other attackers: after having gained a lap on all his rivals he finally came one point ahead of Spain’s Eloy Teruel Rovira and five points ahead of Russia’s Kirill Sveshnikov.

Kenny, grabs the Keirin

Olympic Champion in the team sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Individual Sprint World Champion at Apeldoorn in 2011 and double Olympic Champion in these disciplines last August in London, Jason Kenny had yet to be crowned in the Keirin.

On the Minsk track, one month before his 25th birthday, the world sprint number one succeeded in completing his amazing prize-winning record by defeating Germany’s Maximilian Levy, the winner of the 2009 World Championships in Pruszkow and Olympic runner-up. Jason Kenny, the designated successor to Sir Chris Hoy in sprint track cycling, has now inaugurated his own era, which is likely to last a long time.

But 20-year old Matthijs BĂĽchli from the Netherlands, who arrived third in the event, stands out among the rivals that the Brit will meet more than once in the competitions.

Saturday's race schedule

On Saturday, the fourth and last-but-one day of the World Championships will enable the awarding of medals in the women’s points race and sprint and in the men’s Omnium.

The races will be broadcast live from 17:00 (CET) on the UCI YouTube channel or on the UCI homepage. During the course of the day, many highlights will remain available as video footage.

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