Events

It’s Wiggins vs. Roberts in pursuit final

Britain's Bradley Wiggins will meet Australian Luke Roberts in the final of the men's individual pursuit Thursday at the world track cycling championships. Wiggins, 23, who set a blistering time of 4:17.34 in qualifying on Wednesday, sailed through his 16-lap heat against Russian Alexey Markov in 4:20.243 on Thursday. Meanwhile, Roberts booked his second consecutive championship final. The 26-year-old won silver last year in Copenhagen behind compatriot Bradley McGee, who is not competing. The winner of the prologue in this year's Tour de France is undergoing tests to determine the cause of

Dajka fights back through keirin repechage

By AFP

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins will meet Australian Luke Roberts in the final of the men’s individual pursuit Thursday at the world track cycling championships.

Wiggins, 23, who set a blistering time of 4:17.34 in qualifying on Wednesday, sailed through his 16-lap heat against Russian Alexey Markov in 4:20.243 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Roberts booked his second consecutive championship final. The 26-year-old won silver last year in Copenhagen behind compatriot Bradley McGee, who is not competing. The winner of the prologue in this year’s Tour de France is undergoing tests to determine the cause of low blood-sugar levels that compromised his Tour campaign.

In the two-man match for the bronze medal, Britain’s Paul Manning will meet Spaniard Sergi Escobar.

In the women’s individual pursuit, Dutch Olympic champion Leontien Ziljaard-Van Moorsel clocked the best time of the qualifying session to claim her place in Friday’s final.

The 33-year-old reigning champion timed 3:32.0 to beat Australia’s Emma Davies.

Australian 28-year-old Katie Mactier, recent winner of the national individual pursuit title, clocked the second best time to book her place.Third overall was Olga Slusareva, the 34-year-old Olympic bronze medalist, who won another points-race title on Wednesday.

In the men’s keirin, Australian world champion Jobie Dajka was forced into the second-round repechages after a first-round stumble. However the 21-year-old got back up and shot through the repechages rounds to win convincingly.

Debut rider On Ng Josiah of Malaysia, a product of the International Cycling Union’s program to develop riders from nations that do not have a tradition of cycling, came through the repechages to claim his place in the next round. –Copyright 2003/AFP

Results

Results from the world track cycling championships Thursday in Stuttgart, Germany:

Men

Individual pursuit

1st round

Heat 1

Paul Manning (GB), 4:23.8, beat Daniel Becke (G), 4:27.3

Heat 2

Sergi Escobar Roure (Sp), 4:22.5, beat Robert Bartko (G), 4:26.5

Heat 3

Luke Roberts (Aus), 4:20.8, beat Mark Jamieson (Aus), DNF

Heat 4

Bradley Wiggins (GB), 4:20.243, beat Alexey Markov (RUS), 4:29.3

Gold-medal match

Bradley Wiggins (GB) vs. Luke Roberts (Aus)

Bronze-medal match

Paul Manning (GB) vs Sergi Escobar Roure (Sp)

Keirin

1st round

Heat 1

1. Laurent Gane (F)

2. Yuji Yamada (Jpn)

3. Barry Forde (Bar)

4. Ivan Vrba (Cz)

5. Jobie Dajka (Aus)

6. Gideon Massie (USA)

Heat 2

1. Rene Wolff (G)

2. Mark French (Aus)

3. Ainars Kiksis (LAT)

4. Jonathan Marin (Col)

5. Martin Benjamin (Ned)

6. Angel Martorelli (Mex)

7. Jaroslav Jerabek (Slo)

Heat 3

1. Ryan Bayley (Aus)

2. Mickael Bourgain (F)

3. Jose Antonio Escueredo (Sp)

4. Ross Edgar (GB)

5. Labros Vasilopoulos (Gre)

6. Toshimasa Yoshioka (Jpn)

7. Stephen Alfred (G)

Heat 4

1. Pavel Burnan (Cz)

2. Jens Fiedler (G)

3. Peter Bazalik (Slo)

4. Jamie Staff (GB)

5. On Ng Josiah (MAS)

6. Hiroschi Tsutsumi (Jpn)

7. Theo Bos (Ned)

Keirin repechages (winner qualifies for 2nd round)

Heat 1

1. Barry Ford (Bar)

2. Labros Vasilopoulos (Gre)

3. Jamie Staff (GB)

4. Angel Martorelli (Mex)

Heat 2

1. Ross Edgar (GB)

2. Ainars Kiksis (Lat)

3. Gideon Massie (USA)

4. Martin Benjamin (Ned)

Heat 3

1. Jobie Dajka (Aus)

2. Jonathan Marin (Col)

3. Jose Antonio Escueredo (Sp)

4. Stephen Alfred (USA)

5. Hiroschi Tsutsumi (Jpn)

Heat 4

1. On Ng Josiah (Mas)

2. Ivan Vrba (Cz)

3. Jaroslav Jerabek (Slo)

4. Peter Bazalik (Slo)

5. Toshimasa Yoshioka (Jpn)

Women

Individual pursuit

Qualifying (eight best times qualify)

Evelyn Garcia (Esa), 3:52.5, beat Belem Guerrero (Mex)

Katie Mactier (Aus), 3:32.4, beat Svetlana Ivakhonenkova (Blr)

Meifang Li (Chn), 3:46.7, beat Verena Joos (G)

Diana Elmentaite (Ltu), 3:49.4, beat Pernille Jakobsen (Den)

Juliette Vandekerckhove (F), 3:39.3, beat Alison Wright (Aus)

Diana Ziliute (Ltu), 3:37.4, beat Erin Carter (Can)

Karin Thurig (Swi), 3:38.4, beat Gema Pascual (Sp)

Marion Clignet (F), 3:43.5, beat Anouska van der Zee (Ned)

Sarah Ulmer (NZ), 3:34.8, beat Erin Mirabella (USA)

Olga Slusareva (Rus), 3:34.6, beat Katherine Bates (Aus)

Leontien Ziljaard-Van Moorsel (Ned), 3:32.0, beat Emma Davies (Aus)

Final qualifiers

1. Leontien Ziljaard-Vanmoorsel (Ned)

2. Katie Mactier (Aus)

3. Olga Slusareva (Rus)

4. Sarah Ulmer (NZ)

5. Diana Ziliute (Ltu)

6. Karin Thurig (Swi)

7. Juliette Vandekerckhove (F)

8. Katherine Bates (Aus)