On Saturday, during the fourth day of the competition held in Minsk (Belarus), Italy and the Czech Republic won their first gold medals. In total, 20 nations have had at least one athlete on the podium, whereas 10 national teams representing Europe, Oceania, America and Asia shared the 15 gold medals awarded during the first four evenings at the velodrome in Minsk.
Machacova on the top step
Jarmila Machacova from the Czech Republic made no secret of her ambitions at the start of the points race: ranked second in the 2011 World Championships, she was determined to seize her opportunity to win in Belarus.
At the end of the hundred laps, she was ahead of the Mexican Sofia Arreola Navarro, a former trainee at the World Cycling Centre, who had already finished second in the Scratch on Friday. The bronze medal was awarded to Italyâs Giorgia Bronzini â one of the athletes with the most prestigious record of these last few years, track and road included.
James, the new Pendleton?
Great Britain didnât have to wait a long time to find a successor to Victoria Pendleton, the star of the sprint disciplines up to the London Olympic Games. In these current World Championships, 21-year-old Rebecca Angharad James was finally crowned, by beating the German rider Kristina Vogel in the final of the individual event.
Double Junior World Champion in 2009, and twice in third place in Minsk in the 500 metres and the team sprint, the Welsh rider obtained her first rainbow jersey at the Elite level on this Saturday evening.
To get the bronze medal, the winner of the 500 metres, Lee Wai Sze from Hong Kong, beat the Chinese rider Shuan Guo, a World Cycling Centre's trainee.
The Omnium goes to a âKiwiâ
New Zealand has won its first gold medal of the 2012 World Championships thanks to Aaron Gate, who triumphed in the Omnium. After the six events of the programme, the Auckland-born rider arrived ahead of the Dane Lasse Norman Hansen, gold medallist in London, and of the Australian Glenn OâShea, the current Champion.
Twenty-three year old Gate had won a bronze medal in the team pursuit in the 2012 World Championships and Olympic Games.
On Sunday, the 2013 UCI Track World Championships in Minsk will close with four finals: the womenâs Omnium and Keirin, and the menâs individual sprint and the Madison.
The races will be broadcast live from 12:00 (CET) on the UCI YouTube channel and on the UCI homepage. During the course of the day, many highlights will remain available from every country.