UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships: Good final day for Australia, Germany and South Korea
The 2015 UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships drew to a close at the Saryarka Velodrome in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sunday in the same way as they started: in style.
Four finals were on the programme on the fourth and final day of competition.
Racing got under way with the Women’s Omnium. With 189 points and a victory in the 500m, Danielle McKinnirey offered Australia its third title of the Championships. The Australian Champion got the better of Poland’s Daria Pikulic (179 points), winner of the points race world title on Wednesday. Italy’s Martina Alzini finished third.
In the Women’s Keirin, Germany’s Emma Hinze again demonstrated her domination in the sprint specialities. Already victorious in the team sprint and individual sprint, she claimed her third title of 2015 in the keirin which she adds to her silver medal in the 500m. To do so, Hinze had to beat another multi-medallist of these Championships, Australian Courtney Field, who she had already beaten the day before in the individual sprint. With two silver medals in 2015, and the individual sprint title in 2014, Field is also confirmed as one of the top sprinters in the Junior category.
In the final of the Madison, the Australian team, composed of Kelland O’Brien and James Robinson played their cards right. In the lead throughout the finals, they took the title in front of the Russians (Piskunov – Markov) and the Italians (Cima – Giordani). Thanks to their win, they bring Australia’s total number of gold medals to four.
To close the 2015 Junior Track Cycling World Championships, the finals of the Men’s individual sprint were much awaited. All eyes were on the reigning champion, the South Korean Je One Park and the Czech Jiri Janosek, silver medallist in the keirin. Finally, the 2014 World Champion successfully defended his title. Janosek, 2014 and 2015 UCI Junior World Champion in the kilometre, leaves the competition with three medals: one gold (kilometre) and two silver (keirin and individual sprint).