James wins bronze in Beijing keirin

Welsh sprinter Becky James scored a bronze medal in the keirin at the Beijing round of the UCI Track World Cup on Sunday, giving Britain its third medal of the event.

James worked her way through the rounds to reach the final six, and placed third behind France’s Clara Sanchez and Ukrainian Lyubov Shulika.

Britain’s Peter Mitchell narrowly missed out on a bronze medal after reaching the third/fourth place final of the men’s sprint. In the event, he was beaten by China’s Miao Zhang, but it was another strong performance by a young British rider. France’s Kevin Sireau beat German Sebastian Doehrer to take gold.

Lizzie Armitstead finished fifth in the women’s omnium, a position boosted by her win in the points race round. Canadian Tara Whitten won, with Dutch woman Kirsten Wild securing silver.

In other events, Britain’s Jonathan Mould placed 11th in the men’s points race won by Artur Ershov of Russia, and World Cup debutant Philip Hindes rode to 22nd spot in the men’s kilometre time trial behind winner Francois Pervis (France).

James’s bronze can be added to Great Britain’s bronze in the team pursuit and the gold scored by Sam Harrison in the men’s omnium in China.

The next round of the UCI Track World Cup takes place in Manchester on February 18-20, 2011.

Women’s keirin
1. Clara Sanchez (France)

2. Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)
3. Becky James (Great Britain)

Women’s omnium: overall
1. Tara Whitten (Canada)

2. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
3. Pascale Jeuland (France)

5. Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain)

Men’s kilometre time trial
1. Francois Pervis (France)

2. Hugo Haak (Netherlands)
3. Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)

22. Philip Hindes (Great Britain)

Men’s sprint
1. Kevin Sireau (France)
2. Sebastian Doehrer (Germany)
3. Miao Zhang (China)

4. Peter Mitchell (Great Britain)

Men’s point race
1. Artur Ershov (Lokomotiv – Russia)

2. Alexei Markov (Russia)
3. Claudio Imhof (Switzerland)

11. Jonathan Mould (Great Britain)

Related links
Track World Cup, Beijing, day two: Harrison scores omnium gold at first attempt
British team pursuiters tune up in Majorca
Track World Cup, Beijing, day one: Young team pursuiters score bronze in Beijing
International track results 2010-11