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By VeloNews Interactive, and wire services
Australia is assured of the gold medal in the women’s 3km individual pursuit at the UCI world track cycling championships after Katie Mactier and Katherine Bates qualified for the final.
Theo Bos of the Netherlands, meanwhile, rocketed to a 10.192 in 200-meter sprint qualifying and will look to add a second gold medal to the one he collected on Friday in the kilometer time trial.
Mactier posted the best time of the Saturday-morning session at the ADT Center velodrome in Carson, California, finishing well ahead of her compatriot in 3 minutes, 38.325 seconds. Bates was second in 3:41.676.
The two will duel for the gold in the evening session while Switzerland’s Karin Thurig (3:42.452) and Russian Elena Tchalykh (3:43.058) fight it out for the bronze.
U.S. rider Erin Mirabella placed ninth in 3:49.157, not good enough to make the medal rounds.
“I could definitely feel last night in my legs a little bit,” she said, referring to her points-race competition. “Since I was a little disappointed in yesterday’s race, sleep was a little difficult last night.”
Countryman Giddeon Massie also failed to advance. The 2004 Pan American champion’s time of 10.919 seconds in the sprint qualifying was only good enough for 21st place, and just 16 riders will advance to the evening session’s first round.
“I just wasn’t able to put it together during the ride,” Massie said. “I knew what I had coming in. I had a little bit of trouble with my back a few weeks before which may or may not have affected me.”
And finally, Great Britain turned in the fastest team pursuit (4:08.569) to set up a gold-medal showdown with the Netherlands (4:09.483). Australia (4:10.072) and New Zealand (4:10.698) will race for bronze.
Results (morning session)
1. Théo Bos (Ned), 10.192
2. Mickaël Bourgain (F), 10.257
3. Grégory Baugé (F), 10.279
4. Stefan Nimke (G), 10.329
5. René Wolff (G), 10.404
6. Edgar Ross (GB), 10.404
7. José A. Villanueva (Sp), 10.445
8. Tim Veldt (Ned), 10.450
9. Jobie Dajka (Aus), 10.509
10. Craig Mclean (GB), 10.517
11. Damian Zielinski (Pol), 10.527
12. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol), 10.547
13. Teun Mulder (Ned), 10.565
14. Jamie Staff (GB), 10.646
15. Michael Seidenbecher (G), 10.664
16. Kazuya Narita (Jap), 10.714
4km team pursuit
1. Great Britain (Ed Clancyn, Steven Cumming, Paul Manning, Christopher Newton), 4:08.569
2. Netherlands (Levi Heimans, Jens Mouris, Peter Schep, Niki Terpstra), 4:09.483
3. Australia (Matthew Goss, Ashley Hutchinson, Mark Jamieson, Stephen Wooldridge), 4:10.072
4. New Zealand (Allen Jason, Greg Henderson, Peter Latham, Marc Ryan), 4:10.698
5. Ukraine, 4:12.079
6. Germany, 4:12.200
7. France, 4:12.265
8. Russia, 4:12.290
9. Denmark, 4:15.225
10. Kazakhstan, 4:17.420
11. Italy, 4:21.003
3km individual pursuit qualifying
1. Katie Mactier (Aus), 3:38.325
2. Katherine Bates (Aus), 3:41.676
3. Karin Thurig (Swi), 3:42.452
4. Elena Tchalykh (Rus), 3:43.058
5. Olga Slyusareva (Rus), 3:43.307
6. Emma Davies (GB), 3:44.281
7. Adrie Visser (Ned), 3:48.342
8. Verena Joos (G), 3:48.886
9. Erin Mirabella (USA), 3:49.157
10. Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned), 3:51.952