Great Britain's Lewis Oliva wins keirin bronze at UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico

Great Britain's Lewis Oliva wins keirin bronze at UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Mexico

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Great Britain’s Lewis Oliva won his second medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara with bronze in the men’s keirin.

The 21-year-old, part of the trio that finished third in the men’s team sprint on day one, was awarded bronze in a final that saw Canada’s Hugo Barrette relegated for entering the sprinter’s lane and both Azizulhasn Awang (Malaysia) and Joachim Eilers (Germany) disqualified.

Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands) and Santiago Ramirez (Colombia) won gold and silver respectively.

The Great Britain Cycling Team’s tally now stands at three bronze medals in Mexico as a young squad gained more international track experience at the Velodromo Panamericano.

Welshman Oliva had progressed to the second round via the repechages after being relegated in his first round heat for entering the sprinter’s lane.

Oliva (far right) collects his second medal of the meeting
Oliva (far right) collects his second medal of the meeting

But he recovered and in the second round made sure of his place in the final with third place before securing a medal as he works towards the summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jon Dibben ended day one of the men’s omnium in first position after three of the six events.

Fourth in the flying lap and elimination race either side of finishing fifth in the points race left the 19-year-old on 13 points, tied with Australia’s Tirian Mcmanus and France’s Thomas Boudat.

The event concludes on Sunday with the individual pursuit, scratch race and kilo remaining.

Dibben also found time for the individual pursuit discipline but his effort of 4:36.141 placed him 15th as Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands) went on to celebrate gold.

In the women’s omnium, Dani King ended the day fourth with 13 points, four points back from third position Isabella King (Australia).

Fourth in the flying lap, seventh in the points race and sixth in the elimination race have left the 23-year-old, the most senior Great Britain rider in the squad, well placed to contend for the podium positions. Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska leads with nine points at the halfway point.

Dannielle Khan and Victoria Williamson returned to the track for the women’s individual sprint following their team sprint bronze on day one.

Both riders progressed through the 200m flying lap qualification - 20-year-old Williamson seventh in a time of 10.992 seconds and Khan 11th in 11.121 seconds as the top 16 went to the 1/8 finals.

Lewis Oliva in final preperations ahead of keirin final
Lewis Oliva in final preperations ahead of keirin final

Double junior world champion Khan, 18, then exited to Olympic team sprint gold medallist Miriam Welte (Germany) as Williamson went one stage further, overcoming Australia’s Stephanie Morton.

A 2-0 defeat to Max Success Pro Cycling's Junhong Lin, who went on to win gold, in the quarter-finals left Williamson to contend the 5th to 8th place final, where she finished seventh.

Williamson was soon on the track again for the 500m time-trial, finishing seventh in 34.251 seconds. Russia’s Anastasiia Voinova won gold in 33.645 seconds.

In the men’s kilo, Scot Callum Skinner couldn’t add to his team sprint bronze, ending the event fifth with a time of 1:00.215 - Australia’s Scott Sunderland winning gold in 59.675 seconds, Poland’s Krzysztof Maksel earning silver and Dutch rider Hugo Haak taking bronze.

The third and final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup ends on Sunday night with the conclusion of the men’s and women’s omnium events plus the men’s sprint and Madison, and the women’s keirin.


Men's keirin
Men's omnium
Women's omnium
Women's individual sprint
Men's kilo
Women's 500m time-trial
Men's individual pursuit

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