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World Junior Track Championships

Montichiari, Italy - 11-15 August 2010
Reports: Aldous Thills


Two golds on the final afternoon of the championships turned things round dramatically for a GB team which had enjoyed, up to then, a workman like week, without showing the sparkle and talent we've grown used to seeing. They left it late, but two visits to the top of the podium sent the team home with a real spring in their step.

GB's first gold of the championships really did come at the 11th hour, with Dan McLay and Simon Yates grabbing glory in the Madison. They didn't score heavily early in the race, but really got going when they lapped the field with the Russians. With no-one else able to match this feat it became a head-to-head with the Russian duo, who looked well placed after winning two of the first four sprints, to put them five points clear. However, once they had got the lap, McLay and Yates were unstoppable, taking both the last sprints, with the Russians only able to score in the last, where their three points for second were too few, too late.

No sooner had GB finally broken their duck, in the penultimate event, than they were at it again, with Laura Trott finishing off a superb Omnium performance with a win the 500m Time Trial, the final counting event and the final race of the championships. Trott had trailed Aussie Isabella King by a single point after the first day, but wins in the Time Trial and the Individual Pursuit on the last afternoon clinched a narrow two point win over King, with Coryn Rivera of the USA picking up bronze.

GB's Victoria Williamson didn't make it beyond an eventful first round, first being relegated to last in her heat for a technical infringement and then just missing out in the repechage, where second wasn't quite good enough to take her forward. The gold medal went to Gnidenko of Russia, following on from her silver in the Sprint.

The Men's Kilo Time Trial saw a convincing win for South Africa's Bernard Esterhuizen, who recorded 1m 3.265 seconds, to win by almost four tenths of a second from France's Julien Palma. GB's top rider was Kian Emadi who was sixth in 1:04.630, whilst Callum Skinner was 11th in 1.05.506. Interestingly, GB endurance rider Sam Harrison had recorded 1:03.989 in the Omnium the day before.


Women's Keirin
1 GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS

Women's Omnium
1. TROTT Laura GBR 16 points
2  KING Isabella AUS 18 points
3 RIVERA Coryn USA 22 points

Men's 1Km Time Trial
1 ESTERHUIZEN Bernard RSA 1:03.265
2 PALMA Julien FRA 1:03.624
3 HAMMOND Maddison AUS 1:03.794

Men's Madison
1. GBR Great Britain (YATES Simon, MCLAY Daniel) 16 points
2. RUS Russia (IVLEV Roman, SVESHNIKOV Kirill) 14 points
3. FRA France (LEMOINE Stéphane, VERARDO Yoan) 12 points @ 1 lap


The penultimate day of competition saw the Australians continue their great championships with two more gold medals. There was some success for GB too, with two more silver medals, with Same Harrision in the Omnium and Harrier Owen in the Scratch Race.

The Men's Keirin began well for the GB team with Kin Emadi going straight through and Lewis Oliva progressing with a good win in his repechage heat. Emadi was then forced out because of an as yet unspecified problem, whilst Oliva didn't progress beyond the second round, though he did finish second in the minor final. The competition was won by Matt Glaetzer of Australia, who already had the Sprint gold to his name.

Sam Harrison continued his strong showing at the championships by taking a hard-earned silver medal in the Men's Omnium. Never outside the top seven in any of the six events, highlights included third in the points race and scratch race and second in the Kilo in a very impressive time of 1m 3.989s. The very talented Bryan Coquard of France was the runaway winner, recording victories in the flying lap, points race, elimination race and scratch race.

The conclusion of the women's sprinting competition was great entertainment, with both medal finals going to three rides. Hyejin Lee of Korea took the gold after losing the first heat to Gnidenko of Russia and then storming back to claim the next two heats. Holly Williams of Australia took the bronze.

Harriet Owen continued the run of silver medals for the GB Team with an excellent second in the Scratch Race, which was won by Amy Cure of Australia.


Men's Keirin Final
2 QUIROGA Mauricio ARG

Men's Omnium
1 COQUARD Bryan FRA 15 points
2 HARRISON Samuel GBR 26
3 LISS Lucas GER 31

Women's Sprint Semifinals
LEE Hyejin KOR beat MCKENZIE Stephenie NZL 2-0
GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS beat WILLIAMS Holly AUS 2-0

Women's Sprint Finals
Gold & Silver: LEE Hyejin KOR beat GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS 2-1
Bronze: WILLIAMS Holly AUS beat MCKENZIE Stephenie NZL 2-1

Women's Scratch
2 OWEN Harriet GBR


The third day of competition belonged to the Australian team , who picked up two gold medals. After medal success on the first two days, the GB Team had a quieter day.

The Women's Team Pursuit was won in highly impressive fashion by Australia, who caught the New Zealand trio in the final before going on to record 3.26.808 for the full distance. GB didn't field a team in the event.

In the Women's Sprint, there was disappointment for Victoria /Williamson, who qualified very well in third place, with a time of 11.827s, but her progress was halted by the Aussie rider, Holly Williams, who beat her in two straight rides in the quarter finals. The competition concludes on Saturday.

GB Coach Jon Norfolk reported: "Moving safely through the first and second rounds of the competition, Victoria then came up against the Australian Holly Williams in the quarter finals. Victoria put together 2 good rides against the Australian, but fell short in both rides. In the 5th-8th ride off, a strong move with 1 1/2 laps to go put her in contention for the win, but a strong finishing Italian Tomassini pipped her on the line.

6th place in the sprint to go with her 5th position in the 500tt, confirms Victorias progress over the last year. The Keirin is still to come this Sunday."

The conclusion of the men's sprint saw Matt Gletzer of Australia dispose of first compatriot Maddison Hammond in the semi final, then Stefan Botticher in the final, both in two straight heats. Hammond took the bronze, beating another German, Philip Hindes in their ride-off.


Women's Team Pursuit
1. Australia 3:26.808 (KING Isabella, ANDERSON Michaela, CURE Amy)
2. New Zealand (STEEL Elizabeth, NEEMS Alexandra, WILLIAMS Georgia)
3. Netherlands 3:35.868 (VAN DER KAMP Laura, KOSTER Claudia, MARKUS Kelly)

Women's Sprint, Qualifying through to Quarter Finals
Semi-Final Line-up:

Men's Sprint Semifinals
BÖTTICHER Stefan GER beat HINDES Philip GER 2-0
GLAETZER Matthew AUS 10.994 10.899 beat HAMMOND Maddison AUS

Men's Sprint Finals
Gold & Silver: 1 GLAETZER Matthew AUS beat BÖTTICHER Stefan GER 2-0
Bronze: HAMMOND Maddison AUS, beat HINDES Philip GER 2-0


Day two saw the GB quarter claim silver in the Team Pursuit. They had no answer to Australia's stunning pace in the final, finishing over 3 seconds down. Germany took the bronze.

There was another silver with Laura Trott qualifying second fastest and then going on to take second in the final of the Women's Individual Pursuit, behind Amy Cure of Australia.

In the Men's Sprint, Lewis Oliva was the top GB rider in qualifying, recording 10.712s for 8th place. Kian Emadi was 12 with a time of 10.722 and John Paul recorded 10.844 for 21st place. Germany's Stefan Botticher was fastest in 10.304. All three GB riders than went out of the competition in the first round.

Meanwhile, the Russian's picked up another gold in the Women's Team Sprint, with a new Junior world record time of 35.029s. New Zealand were second. The GB duo of Trott and Williamson didn't start.


Men's Team Pursuit
1. Australia 4:05.209 (LAW Jackson, BISSAKER Edward, KERBY Jordan, LOVELOCKFAY
2. Great Britain 4:08.402 (HARRISON Samuel, DOULL Owain, MCLAY Daniel, YATES Simon)
3. Germany 4:08.637 (LISS Lucas, BEYER Maximilian, MUCHE Christopher, THIELE Kersten

Men's Sprint, Qualifying Through to Quarter Finals
Semi-Final line-up:

Women's Individual Pursuit
1. CURE Amy AUS 2:22.829
2. TROTT Laura GBR 2:24.379
3. MEJIAS GARCIA Marlies CUB 2:23.783

Women's Team Sprint
1. Russia 35.029 (GNIDENKO Ekaterina, VOINOVA Anastasiia)
2. New Zealand 35.708 (MCKENZIE Stephenie, MITCHELL Henrietta)
3. Australia 35.877 ( SYLVESTER Adele, WILLIAMS Holly)


The opening day of the Junior World Track Championships was a good solid one for the GB team.

In the women's Points Race, Laura Trott took a lap with 5 other riders, putting herself in a strong position and she won the final sprint to claim a silver medal. Julie Leth of Denmark took the gold

In the Men's individual pursuit, Sam Harrison broke the British record in the qualifying round with 3m 17.987s, making it through to the bronze medal ride-off as fourth quickest. In that final he was beaten by Russia's Victor Manakov. Lasse Hansen of Denmar took the gold. GB's other rider, Owain Doull, qualified 8th with a PB.

Victoria Williamson finished an impressive 5th in the Women's 500 TT with a time of 36.43, despite getting snagged in the start gate, a good performance for a rider who's only been in the sport 2 years. Hyejin Lee of Korea took the gold in 35.479s.

In the Men's Team Sprint there was yet another fourth place for GB with the trio of Kian Emadi, Lewis Oliva and John Paul recording 46.52s to qualify fourth and they finished in the same position despite improving to 46.10s in the bronze medal ride-off against Germany The French won in 45.608s.

The Men's Scratch Race was won by Pavel Karpenkov of Russia, with GB's Josh Papworth 13th, in a big group of riders a lap down.

Men's Individual Pursuit
1. HANSEN Lasse Norman DEN 3.16.504
2. PARKER Dale AUS 3:21.673
3. MANAKOV Victor RUS 3:19.554

Men's Team Sprint
1. France 45.608 (EDELIN Benjamin, GUILLOT Kevin, PALMA Julien)
2. Australia 45.952 (GLAETZER Matthew, GREEN Jamie, HAMMOND Maddison)
3. Germany 45.908 (BÖTTICHER Stefan, HINDES Philip, KANTER Robert

Women's 500m Time Trial
1. LEE Hyejin KOR 35.479
2. CALVO BARBERO Tania ESP 35.950
3. VOINOVA Anastasiia RUS 36.329

Women's Points Race
1. LETH Julie DEN 35 points
2. TROTT Laura GBR 33

Men's Scratch, Final
2. COQUARD Bryan FRA @ 1 lap
3. CASPERS Didier NED @ 1 lap

Men's Team Sprint
1. FRA France 45.608 (EDELIN Benjamin, GUILLOT Kevin, PALMA Julien)
2. AUS Australia 45.952 (GLAETZER Matthew, GREEN Jamie, HAMMOND Maddison)
3. GER Germany 45.908 (BÖTTICHER Stefan, HINDES Philip, KANTER Robert)