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Thomas takes silver at track world’s

Tammy Thomas came within one race of achieving her dream in her debut at the track world championships in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday. But instead the 31-year-old personal fitness instructor from Mississippi took the silver medal on her first world championship appearance. Thomas had to settle for a silver medal, after being beaten 2-0 by Russia’s Svetlana Grankovskaia in the best-of-three sprint finals. "I just didn’t have the legs in the race for the gold," Thomas lamented. "She was faster than me and I just couldn’t get it done. I’m happy with the silver though. This makes my

By Martin Ayres, VeloNews Correspondent

Tammy Thomas came within one race of achieving her dream in her debut at the track world championships in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday. But instead the 31-year-old personal fitness instructor from Mississippi took the silver medal on her first world championship appearance. Thomas had to settle for a silver medal, after being beaten 2-0 by Russia’s Svetlana Grankovskaia in the best-of-three sprint finals.

“I just didn’t have the legs in the race for the gold,” Thomas lamented. “She was faster than me and I just couldn’t get it done. I’m happy with the silver though. This makes my year.”

Earlier, Thomas had won her semifinal match against Ukraine’s Iryna Yanovych in dramatic style. Diving for the inside with a lap to go, Thomas rattled Yanovych who came down on the American hard. They tangled and Yanovych crashed heavily, snapping both fork blades. Thompson stayed upright, the commissaires apportioned no blame, and the American won the re-run with ease.

Last year’s silver medalist, Lori-Ann Muenzer of Canada, lost out to Grankovskaia in the semis but beat Yanovych for the bronze in two rides.

The other women’s final of the night saw Leontien Zijlaard Van Moorsel add the pursuit rainbow jersey to the Olympic gold she won at Sydney. The Dutchwoman beat Russia’s Olga Slioussareva over the one-leg final in keeping with the form, which has seen her dominate the pursuit qualifying here. Slioussareva took silver with her compatriot Elena Tchalykh taking the bronze for the second year in a row after beating defending champion Yvonne McGregor in the match for third place. In men’s racing Ukraine regained the world team pursuit title they lost two years ago in Berlin as they outshone Britain’s Olympic silver medalists. Defending double champions Germany, which got the better of France in the match for third place, took the bronze medal.

The four-man Ukrainian team of Sergiy Chernyavsky, Olexandr Fedenko, Alexandre Symonenko and Lioubamyr Polotayko started off the final at a rapid pace and their consistency from the word go was Britain’s downfall. The former Soviet republic was on a high after Symonenko won the individual pursuit on Thursday, and it showed from the outset.

Almost from the start the British quartet of Bradley Wiggins, Paul Manning, Christopher Newton and Bryan Steel began to lose time on each lap. By the halfway point of the 4000m, 16-lap course Ukraine had increased the gap to over a second. Britain battled on, but all was in vain as Ukraine failed to buckle. Their winning time, which gave Ukraine the second gold of these championships, was 4:09.699.

Britain, who finished second behind Germany last year in Manchester, ended their run in 4:10.982.

In the battle for third place Germany had raised the stakes in much the same fashion as Ukraine — an explosive start, impeccable rhythm and organization leading to a hugely impressive winning time of 4:08.540. France finished at almost four seconds adrift.

AFP contributed to this report

Results

TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Antwerp, Belgium. September 26-30; Women; Sprint semifinals; Heat 1: Tammy Thomas (USA), 12.765, def. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr); Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus), 12.476, def. Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can); Heat 2: Tammy Thomas (USA), 12.234, def. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr); Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus), 12.358, def. Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can); Finals: Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus), 13.000, def. Tammy Thomas (USA); Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus), 12.615, def. Tammy Thomas (USA); Third place: Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can), 12.658, def. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr); Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can), 12.511, def. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr); Pursuit final; Leontien van Moorsel-Zijlaard (Nl), 3:34.505, def. Olga Slioussareva (Rus); Third place; Elena Tchalykh (Rus), 3:39.811, def. Yvonne McGregor (GB); Men; Team pursuit semifinals; France, 4:10.377, def. Russia; Great Britain, 4:07.193, def. New Zealand; Germany, 4:08.605, def. Netherlands; Ukraine, 4:06.897, def. Spain; Final; Ukraine (Sergiy Chernyavsky, Olexandr Fedenko, Alexandre Symonenko, Lioubamyr Polotayko), 4:09.699, def. Great Britain (Stephen Cummings, Paul Manning, Christopher Newton, Bryan Steel); Third place; Germany (Christian Bach, Guido Fulst, Jens Lehmann, Sebastien Siedler), def. France; Sprint last 16; Arnaud Tournant (F), 10.572, def. Ryan Bayley (Aus); Laurent Gane (F), 11.562, def. Pavel Buran (Cze); Florian Rousseau (F), 11.231, def. Jan van Eijden (G); Stefan Nimke (G), 10.977, def. Jaroslav Jerabek (Svk), Jens Fiedler (G), 10.828, def. Matthias John (G); Jose Antonio Villanueva (Sp), 11.079, def. Jobie Dajka; Sprint repechages; Heat 1: Jobie Dajka (Aus), 10.911, def. Jaroslav Jerabek (Svk) and Ryan Bayley (Aus); Heat 2: Matthias John (G), 12.585, def. Jan van Eijden (G) and Pavel Buran (Cze); Quarterfinal; Heat 1: Arnaud Tournant (F), 10.987, def. Matthias John (G); Laurent Gane (F), 10.879, def. Jobie Dajka (Aus); Florian Rousseau (F), 10.782, def. Jose Antonio Villanueva (Sp); Jens Fiedler (G) ,10.909, def. Stefan Nimke (G); Heat 2: Arnaud Tournant (F), 11.030, def. Matthias John (G); Laurent Gane (F), 10.881, def. Jobie Dajka (Aus); Florian Rousseau (F), 11.053, def. Jose Antonio Villanueva (Sp); Jens Fiedler (G), 11.211, def. Stefan Nimke (G); Sprint qualifying (last 200m timed) 1. Arnaud Tournant (F), 10.231 seconds; 2. Laurent Gane (F), 10.335; 3. Florian Rousseau (F), 10.365; 4. Ryan Bayley (Aus), 10.400; 5. Jens Fiedler (G), 10.404; 6. Jose Antonio Villanueva (Sp), 10.447; 7. Jobie Dajka (Aus), 10.457;
8. Matthias John (G), 10.493; 9. Stefan Nimke (G), 10.536; 10. Jan van
Eijden (G), 10.561; 11. Viesturs Berzins (Lat), 10.588; 12. Roberto Chiappa (I), 10.635; 13. Jeffrey Labauve (USA), 10.653; 14. Pavel Buran (Cze), 10.661; 15. Jaroslav Jerabek (Svk), 10.681; 16. Craig McLean (GB), 10.684; 17. Sean Eadie (Aus), 10.684; 18. Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr), 10.694; 19. Ainars Kiksis (Lat), 10.736; 20. Nobukatsu Takagi (Jpn), 10.767; 21. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol), 10.789; 22. Jan Lepka (Svk), 10.797; 23. Steen Madsen (Can), 10.816; 24. Takashi Kaneko (Jpn), 10.861; 25. Tomohiro Nagatsuka (Jpn), 11.044; 26. Barry Forde (Barbados), 11.063; Last 16; Arnaud Tournant (F), 11.006, def. Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr); Laurent Gane (F), 11.069, def. Sean Eadie (Aus); Florian Rousseau (F), 10.930, def. Craig McLean (GB); Jaroslav Jerabek (Svk), 11.152, def. Ryan Bayley (Aus); Jens Fiedler (G), 10.970, def. Pavel Buran (Cze); Jose Antonio Villanueva (Sp), 11.087, def. Jeffrey Labauve (USA); Jobie Dajka (Aus), 11.182, def. Roberto Chiappa (I); Matthias John (G), 11.144, def. Viesturs Berzins (Lat); Stefan Nimke (G), 11.014, def. Jan van Eijden (G); Repechages; Jan van Eijden (G), 11.374, def. Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr) and Jeffrey Labauve
(USA)
; Pavel Buran (Cze), 11.094, def. Sean Eadie (Aus) and Roberto Chiappa (Ita); Ryan Bayley (Aus), 10.856, def. Craig McLean (GB) and Viesturs Berzins (Lat)