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Hoy misses chance at sprint gold

France's defending world champion Gregory Bauge drew first blood in the battle for men's sprint supremacy when he dominated qualifying at the world track cycling championships Saturday.

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By Agence France Presse

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Bauge barely nipped Chris Hoy in the deciding third sprint to advance.

Olympic track champion Sir Chris Hoy failed to make the semi-finals of the men’s sprint tournament at the world track championships after being ousted by defending champion Gregory Bauge in a dramatic third leg decider on Saturday.

In a quarter-finals round that proved to be fatal to British hopes, Matthew Crampton also failed to make it past Germany’s Robert Forstemann.

In an all-French semi-final later on Saturday Kevin Sireau will challenge Bauge for the world title while Australia’s Shane Perkins will battle Forstemann.

Hoy had dominated Bauge, who won the title at last year’s championships in his absence, in the first leg only for Bauge to force a third when he won the second.

The decider went right to a photo finish, with Bauge being given the decision after beating Hoy by the width of a wheel rim.

After qualifying second fastest in the flying 200m and sailing through the first round Hoy was given a scare in the second round.

Hoy had qualified with ease for the second round but after a delay because of a technical issue with the bike of opponent Robert Forstemann the German dramatically attacked from the off.

The big Scot fought back valiantly to reduce his deficit over three laps and only missed automatic qualification for the quarters by a few centimeters.

Hoy, who won gold in the keirin here Thursday, was then forced into the repechages round where he had to launch another big fight-back before assuring his quarters ticket with victory over gutsy Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang, with Germany’s Carsten Bergemann third.

Hoy, a four-time Olympic champion, won his 10th career world crown on Thursday when he dominated the keirin tournament.

Thus far that win is Britain’s only gold of the five day competition, which on Saturday will also host the women’s omnium and sprint and the men’s Madison.

Qualifiers
Bauge drew first blood in the battle for men’s sprint supremacy when he dominated qualifying at the world track cycling championships Saturday.

Bauge clocked a fastest time of 9.896 seconds for the flying 200m start to push Hoy down into second place after the Scot timed 9.913.

Australian Shane Perkins was third at 9.948 while Kevin Sireau, who won bronze behind Bauge and Awang in the competition last year, clocked 9.953.

The flying 200m is a good indicator of form for the men’s sprint tournament, which continues with first and second rounds before the quarter-finals then semi-finals Saturday.

The men’s finals will be held on Sunday.

Hoy, a four-time Olympic champion, won his 10th career world crown on Thursday when he dominated the keirin tournament.

So far that win is Britain’s only gold of the five day competition, which on Saturday will also host the women’s omnium and sprint and the men’s Madison.