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Chris Hoy stormed to a victory in the Keirin final that raised the roof at Manchester Velodrome and left chaos in his wake.

The Sky rider, knocked out of the sprint at the semi-final stage by his team-mate Jason Kenny on Friday night, treated the crowd to an imperious display of Keirin riding.

But as the Scot powered to the line, a huge crash behind him wiped out almost all the other riders.

Gone was his 'old' favoured tactic of fighting to ensure he took the position directly behind the Derny bike and leading from the front. Instead, he varied his tactics, dropping back down the line and hitting the opposition from behind.

Hoy deliberately left a gap between him and the riders in front before coming round the outside and turning on the power. The Spanish rider Juan Peralta Gascon, who had marked him Hoy tightly in an earlier round, went down first and the rest went with him.

As Hoy celebrated, the others picked themselves up and ran to the line. The Malaysian rider Azizulhasni Awang was the most seriously hurt. He had a huge splinter from the track through his calf. But he was determined to cross the line to score the points he needed to win the overall World Cup title.

And then he stopped and got off his bike, yelping in pain. It took a while to get the attention of the medics. As the ever-popular Awang was stretchered away, the velodrome stood to applaud him.

In the women's sprint competition, Anna Meares continued to show her strength. The Australian has been in fine form for the best part of two seasons now, and her 2-0 win over Victoria Pendleton in the semi-finals showed that she is not slowing down.

Pendleton had beaten her compatriot Rebecca James 2-0 in the quarter-finals but had no answer to Meares in the first race. The second was much closer but the Sky rider had to be content with a clash against Olga Panarina for the bronze, which she won.

Meares went on to beat China's Shuang Guo 2-1 in the final.

New Zealand's Shane Archbold dominated the men's omnium. Having won the flying lap and points race on Friday, he followed up with a solid second day. His lowest position was fifth, in the scratch race, as he stormed to a very low total of 15 points, 16 clear of Ho-Sung Cho in second place. Britain's Ben Swift was sixth overall. His best performance was second in Friday's elimination race. Although he was reasonably consistent, his poor start in the flying lap and points race meant he was out of the medal hunt.

Lizzie Armitstead was having similar issues in the women's omnium. American rider Sarah Hammer was completely in control going into the second day. She had won two of the first three events and finished second in the other.



1. Chris Hoy (Sky)

2. Jason Niblett (Jay)

3. Azizulhasni Awang (Ysd)

4. Kamil Kuczynski (Pol)

5. Edward Dawkins (NZ)

Rel. Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa)


1/8 finals

Anna Meares (Aus) beat Miriam Welte (Ger)

Shuang Guo (Chn) beat Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cub)

Olga Panarina (Blr) beat Monique Sullivan (Can)

Victoria Pendleton (Sky) beat Kristina Vogel (Ger)

Rebecca James (GB) beat Lin Junhong (Chn)

Clara Sanchez (Fra) beat Wal Sze Lee (HK)

Kaarle McCulloch (Aus) beat Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned)

Jessica Varnish (GB) beat Sandie Clair (Fra)


Anna Meares (Aus) beat Jessica Varnish (GB) 2-0

Shuang Guo (Chn) beat Kaarle McCulloch (Aus) 2-0

Olga Panarina (Blr) beat Clara Sanchez (Fra) 2-0

Victoria Pendleton (Sky) beat Rebecca James (GB) 2-0


Anna Meares (Aus) beat Victoria Pendleton (Sky) 2-0

Shuang Guo (Chn) beat Olga Panarina (Blr) 2-0

Bronze medal final

Victoria Pendleton (Sky) beat Olga Panarina (Blr) 2-0

Gold medal final

Anna Meares (Aus) beat Shuang Guo (Chn) 2-1


Individual pursuit

1. Shane Archbold (NZ) 4-23.074

2. Michael Freiberg (Aus) 4-23.998

3. Ho-Sung Cho (Kor) 4-27.861

4. Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) 4-28.680

5. Martyn Irvine (Irl) 4-28.689

6. Ben Swift (GB) 4-29.432

Scratch race

1. Ho Ting Kwok (HK)

2. Ho-Sung Cho (Kor)

3. Tristan Marguet (Swi)

4. Nicky Cocquyt (Bel)

5. Shane Archbold (NZ)

6. Ben Swift (GB)

Kilometre time trial

1. Alois Konkovsky (Cze) 1-03.284

2. Ho-Sung Cho (Kor) 1-03.888

3. Shane Archbold (NZ) 1-04.088

4. Elia Viviani (Ita) 1-04.108

5. Martyn Irvine (Irl) 1-04.781

9. Ben Swift (GB) 1-06.180

Omnium final standings

1. Shane Archbold (NZ) 15

2. Ho-Sung Cho (Kor) 31

3. Elia Viviani (Ita) 36

4. Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) 44

5. Michael Freiberg (Aus) 46

6. Ben Swift (GB) 50


Flying lap

1. Sarah Hammer (Ouc) 14.467

2. Leire Olabarria (Spa) 14.481

3. Kirsten Wild (Ned) 14.481

4. Chao Mei Wu (GPC) 14.673

5. Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) 14.693

12. Lizzie Armitstead (GB) 14.985

Points race

1. Jarmila Machacova  (Cze) 61

2. Sarah Hammer (Ouc) 54

3. Liss Brennauer (Ger) 48

4. Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) 42

5. Kirsten Wild (Ned) 29

9. Lizzie Armitstead (GB) 24

Elimination race

1. Sarah Hammer (Ouc)

2. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita)

3. Jarmila Machacova (Cze)

4. Pascale Jeuland (Fra)

5. Jolien D'Hoore (Bel)

10. Lizzie Armitstead (GB)


1. Anastasiya Chulkova (Rus)

2. Jennie Reed (Ouc)

3. Amy Cure (Aus)

15. Laura Trott (HPM)

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.