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UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Joy at last for Pain




At the end of a week of excitement and feats, the Chris Hoy arena established itself as a new monument of track cycling and the final day was as thrilling as the previous ones in terms of performances and atmosphere. With six world titles, Australia was not as successful as they were a year ago when they collected nine golds, but Cycling Australia was again the dominant power on the Scottish ring. The finale was also a chance for France’s Melissandre Pain to crown a fruitful week with gold in the Keirin after silver in the 500 metres and bronze in the sprint, a fantastic overall performance.

Men’s sprint – Gold for Lithuania’s Svajunas Jonauskas

European silver-medallist earlier this summer, Lithuania’s Svajunas Jonauskas saved his country from finishing empty-handed. The Baltic rider beat New-Zealand’s Jeremy Presbury in the final while Russia’s Vladislav Fedin took the bronze.

Women’s Omnium – Knauer crowned 

Germany’s Anna Knauer finished fresher than the rest of the field to snatch the women’s omnium title ahead of France’s Soline Lamboley, who led the way after the first day but could not hold her rival at bay. Lamboley has some time ahead of her to take her revenge as she will still be in the junior ranks next year. Behind the world time-trial silver-medallist and the Frenchwoman, third place went to local favourite Emily Kay.

Women’s Keirin – Khan frustrated by Pain

A triple European champion in sprint, Keirin and 500 metres, France’s Melissandre Pain again bagged a full collection of medals in Glasgow with bronze in the sprint, silver in the 500 metres and finally the Keirin title.
“I went out there with a strong desire to win. The heats went relatively easy, I didn’t have to push it. For the final I was determined. I had nothing to lose, I took chances, I believed  in myself and I finally beat Danielle Khan. It’s the final touch to a great summer. I’m really happy, I couldn’t dream of a better outcome,” she said. Britain’s Khan finished second, narrowly missing a formidable treble after she won the sprint and the 500 metres. Korea’s Soojin Kim was third.

Men’s Madison – The Danes silence riders from down under

Australia had to be content with a bronze medal to wrap up their excellent week at the junior worlds, Joshua Harrison and Sam Welsford losing second place to their New Zealand neighbours Liam Aitcheson and Regan Gough. The gold medal went to Denmark’s Mathias Krigbaum and Jonas Poulsen.

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