By VeloNews Interactive
Despite crashing in the final corner of the final lap, Team USA’s Larssyn Staley captured the gold medal in the women’s 20km points race Wednesday at the 2003 UCI Junior World Track Championships in Moscow.
The Beaverton, Oregon, resident, who races for Hot Tubes back home, had lapped the field and accumulated 35 points before the crash – enough to win the rainbow jersey over Lithuanian Agne Bagdonaviciute, who finished with 33 points to claim the silver medal. Laura Telle of Latvia was third with 27 points.
Staley was transported to the hospital for X-rays of her back, but was expected to resume racing later in the competition.
Earlier in the evening, Team USA’s Aaron Kacala (Racine, Wisconsin) turned a 1.07.208 to finish 16th in the men’s kilo behind Filip Ditzel of the Czech Republic, who won the event in 1:04.094. Team USA’s Rocco Mazzei placed 24th in 1:09:144.
In the men’s 10km scratch race, meanwhile, Christopher Remaly (Glen Gardner, New Jersey.) finished 19th of 28 riders.
On Thursday, Andy Lakatosh (Trexlertown, Pennsylvania) scored an impressive fourth place in the men’s keirin as teammate Ryan Nelman (Taylor Lake Village, Texas) took 18th.
And Team USA’s Karen Amundson (Woodinville, Washington) turned a time of 41.395 seconds to place 18th in the women’s 500-meter individual time trial. Amundson also placed 17th in qualifying in the 2km individual pursuit in 2:41.141.
Action continues today with the women’s individual pursuit, the men’s points race, and the women’s keirin.