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UCI Juniors Track World Championships: opening day in South Korea

The Australian men’s junior pursuit team on their way to becoming World Champions
The Australian men’s junior pursuit team on their way to becoming World Champions

Four world titles were awarded on the opening day of competition at the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Gwangmyeong, South Korea.

The Gwangmyeong Speedom is known for hosting keirin meetings, but over the next five days it is providing the stage for the world’s best junior track cycling specialists from all over the world.

The first final of the competition was the women’s scratch race, which saw Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen, third in Glasgow last year, crowned World Champion in front of Soline Lamboley (France) and Josie Talbot (Australia).

The host nation did not have to wait long to celebrate a medal, with the women’s sprint team of Yeonhee Jang and Seulgi Choi taking bronze. Germany’s Doreen Heinze and Emma Hinze are the new World Champions after beating Russia in the final.

South Korea’s men’s sprint team was also in the medals. Hopes were high as the host nation went through to the final along with an impressive Russian team. However the locals had to be content with silver, as the Russians proved to be the strongest and raced through to claim the world title. Poland beat France in the race for the bronze medal.

In the last final of the day, the team pursuit, two teams from Down Under made appearances on the podium. Australia are World Champions in front of Colombia and New Zealand.

Racing continues on Saturday with the finals of the men’s scratch, keirin and individual pursuit, and the women’s time trial and team pursuit.

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