By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2002
Australia’s Sean Eadie won the world sprint title at the world track cycling championships in Copenhagen Sunday after beating compatriot Jobie Dajka in a third leg decider.
It is Australia’s first medal in track cycling’s main event since Darryn Hill won the sprint title in Bogota in 1995. France, who won all three medals last year, took the bronze when Florian Rousseau held off his compatriot and the reigning champion Arnaud Tournant in their two-heat match.
Meanwhile, French duo Jerome Neuville and Franck Perque handed France their only gold medal here when they retained their world Madison title. The duo, who had been led for most of the race in which teams of two riders cover 200 laps (50km) and attempt to gain bonus points every 10km, came back into contention with only a few laps of the race to go. France effectively lapped the field, which launched them to the top of the table, and finished on five points. Austria’s Roland Garber and Franz Stocher finished second on 18 (18) points while Argentina finished third on 17.
In the women’s scratch race Lada Kozlikova of the Czech Republic won the title, in a race held over 10 kilometers. Second place went to Rochelle Gilmour of Australia. Olga Slusareva of Russia came third.
Kozlikova, who won silver the previous day in the points race, lapped the rest of the field with around 10 of the 40 laps to race. In the final bend Britain’s Emma Davies crashed and was carried off the track in a stretcher.
Copyright AFP 2002
WORLD TRACK CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS; Men; Sprint; Semi-finals; Heat 1: Sean Eadie (Aus) bt Florian Rousseau (Fra) 2-0 (10.934sec and 10.763); Jobie Dajka (Aus) bt Arnaud Tournant (Fra) 2-0 (10.814 and 10.722); Final; Jobie Dajka (Aus) 10.787 bt Sean Eadie (Aus); Sean Eadie (Aus) 10.575 bt Jobie Dajka (Aus); Sean Eadie (Aus) 10.602 bt Jobie Dajka (Aus); Bronze medal; Florian Rousseau (Fra) bt Arnaud Tournant (Fra) 2-0 (11.254 and 10.775); Places 5-8; Jens Fiedler (Ger), Laurent Gane (Fra), Matthias John (Ger), Jamie Staff (Gb); Places 9-12; Rene Wolff (Ger), Ryan Bayley (Aus), Ainars Kiksis (Lat), Jose Antonio Villanueva (Spa)
Madison; Final; 1. France (Jerome Neuville, Franck Perque) 5pts; 2. Austria (Roland Garber, Franz Stocher) one lap behind; 3. Argentina (Juan Curuchet, Edgardo Simon); 4. Germany; 5. Spain; 6. Australia; 7. Slovakia; 8. Italy; 9. Netherlands; 10. Switzerland; 11. Great Britain; 12. Colombia, 13. Denmark; DNF: Czech Republic; South Africa; Russia; United States
Women; Scratch final 15km; 1. Lada Kozlikova (Cze); 2. Rochelle Gilmour (Aus); 3. Olga Slusareva (Rus); 4. Gema Pascual (Spa); 5. Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr); 6. Maria Calle (Col); 7. Mandy Poitras (Can); 8. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita); 9. Belem Mendez Guerrero (Mex); 10. Rikke Olsen (Den); 11. Joanne Marie Keisanowski (Nz); 12. Adrie Visser (Ned); 13. Cathy Moncassin (Fra); 14. Anke Wichmann (Ger); 15. Rebecca Quinn (USA); 16. Maaria Siren (Fin); 17. Evelyn Garcia (Sal); 18. Eleftheria Ellinikaki (Gre); DNF: Emma Davies (Gb)