By Agence France Presse

UCI track worlds, 2009: Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite reacts after breaking the world record in the 500m time trial final.
UCI track worlds, 2009: Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite reacts after breaking the world record in the 500m time trial final.

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Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite won the women’s 500 meter time trial in a record time of 33.296 at the world track cycling championships on Wednesday in Pruszkow, Poland

Krupeckaite started second from last in the 23-strong field and powered over the two-lap event to beat the early pacesetter, Australian Anna Meares, into second place for the silver medal.

In doing so Krupeckaite beat Meares’ world record of 33.588, set at the 2007 world championships in Palma de Mallorca.

Britain’s reigning Olympic sprint champion, Victoria Pendleton, took the bronze medal in 34.102.

Germany clocked 43.911 and will meet Australia, whose young trio of Daniel Ellis, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland clocked 44.115, in the match for the bronze medal.

Men’s points race

Australian Cameron Meyer ended two years of points-race frustration by claiming gold in the 160-lap, 40km event. Daniel Kreuzfeldt of Denmark finished second to take the silver with Britain’s Chris Newton claiming the bronze.

UCI track worlds, 2009: Aussie Cameron Meyer leading the points race.
UCI track worlds, 2009: Aussie Cameron Meyer leading the points race.

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Meyer, who finished fourth in Manchester last year and fourth at the Beijing Olympics, finished on a total of 24 points after surging back in the second half of the race.

Kreuzfeldt finished on 22 points while Newton, who dropped out of gold-medal contention in the latter stages, claimed bronze on 21 points after chasing down a late break on the final laps to claim two points at the 16th and last sprint at the finish line.

Meyer, a 21-year-old from Western Australia who rides as a road professional with the Garmin team, was claiming his first senior title for Australia on the track.

Women’s pursuit final

Later in the evening, New Zealand’s Alison Shanks was crowned women’s individual pursuit champion, clocking a time of 3:29.807 for the 3000m event. Shanks beat Britain’s Wendy Houvenaghel in the gold-medal round. Houvenaghel took the silver in a time of 3:32.174 while Lithuania’s Vilija Serekaite beat Britain’s Joanne Rowsell to the bronze medal.

Last year’s champion, Rebecca Romero of Britain, is not competing at the championships. Romero is also the reigning Olympic champion.

Shanks is the first New Zealander to claim the women’s world crown in the event since Sarah Ulmer, who is now retired.

Ulmer still holds the women’s world pursuit record of 3:24.537.

Men’s team sprint

France successfully defended its title in the men’s team sprint, defeating Olympic champions Britain in the final.

UCI track worlds, 2009: The French defend their title in the team sprint.
UCI track worlds, 2009: The French defend their title in the team sprint.

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Germany beat Australia in the bronze medal match up to finish third.

France, which clocked the fastest time in qualifying, switched its third man — Michael D’Almeida — for Mickael Bourgain for the final against its arch-rival in the three-lap event.

However, the first lap of Frenchman Gregory Bauge proved the real spur for the defending champions, his efforts leaving Britain, being led by Olympic champion Jamie Staff, trailing by nearly two tenths of a second.

Fellow Olympic champion Jason Kenny of England took over as Staff peeled off, but he failed to close the tiniest of deficits as Kevin Sireau kept France’s lead safe.

In the third and final lap, Matthew Crampton, who is competing in the absence of injured Scot Sir Chris Hoy, Britain’s third Olympic champion in the event, failed to dislodge Bourgain, who held on to bring France home.

In the bronze-medal match Germany clocked a time of 43.912 to leave a young Australian trio just out of the medals. They timed 43.986.

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