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2012 UEC Track Cycling European Championships - Day 3 report
Published 21 October 2012
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Academy rider Lewis Oliva earned himself a place in the keirin major final as Great Britain’s sprinters were in action today in the final day's racing at the 2012 UEC European Track Championships.
Oliva, qualified second in his first round heat just behind Volikakis of Greece. Oliva showed great form in this event at the 2012 British National Track Championships, when he went for a long one, only to be caught by Crampton on the final bend. The Academy Programme rider showed off his ever increasing skill set, when he backed this up with an impressive second place finish in the second round. This earned him a well deserved place in the major final in which he eventaully placed sixth.
In the same event, British Cycling Podium Programme athlete and 2011 holder of the European keirin title, Matt Crampton qualified fastest in his heat, pushing gold medallist in Friday's team sprint, Germany’s Tobias Wachter into second place. The Manchester rider, fresh from his keirin win in the British National Track Championships only a few weeks ago, had a change of fortune in the second round, however, when a finish in fifth place left him to fight for an eventual seventh place in the minor final.
Academy Programme athlete Victoria Williamson qualified in fifth place in her first round heat this morning, meaning she was left to fight for seventh place in the 7-11 final. A disqualification of Polish rider Rutkowska meant that Williamson finished in a final placing of ninth overall.