Russia dominates UCI Junior Track Worlds with another two titles
Russia continues to show its strength at the 2017 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Montichiari, Italy, winning it's third and fourth world titles on Thursday, the second day of competition. Italy won its second world title, while the Czech Republic took its first. Another world record was also set, bringing the total to four in the first two days of competition.
After qualifying rounds on Wednesday, the medal finals were held for both the women's and men's team pursuit competitions. Italy, which had set a world record in the women's competition in the opening round, easily beat former world record holders New Zealand for the title. The men's team pursuit saw Russia, which also set a world record on the first day, defeat Denmark for the world title.
Rainbow jerseys were awarded in two other events, with Daniel Babor of the Czech Republic beating Filip Prokopiszyn of Poland and Ivan Gabriel Ruiz of Argentina in a photo finish in the men's scratch race, while Russia took its fourth title in the men's Keirin, with Pavel Perchuk defeating Daniel Rochna of Poland and James Brister of Australia.
Thursday also saw the start of the women's sprint competition: Mathilde Gros of France broke her own world record in the 200m time trial, setting a time of 10.709 seconds.