Frenchman Gregory Bauge clinched an entertaining men’s individual sprint final on Sunday to close the 2009 track world championships in style.

Although Bauge came away with gold, it was silver medallist Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia that proved to be the revelation of the weekend.

The two riders had fought hard against each other throughout the competition. Awang had earlier caused an upset in the French camp when he got the better of Bauge, forcing him to come through the repechage round.

Then, when the two riders met again in the final, they both won one round apiece before the final decider. In the end, Bauge’s strength and experience came through and he pipped the Malaysian.

Awang is very slight for a track sprinter, weighing in at only 65 kilos. Next to the bulky Bauge, Awang looked half his size.

Bauge’s compatriot Kevin Sireau got the better of Shane Perkins (Australia) in the third/fourth place decider to take bronze.

Earlier Awang had dismissed Britain’s Ross Edgar in the quarter-finals with a trade-mark wheelie across the finishing line, effectively ending Britain’s hopes for a medal in the discipline. Bauge was responsible for removing Kenny from the finals.

Britain’s Kenny, Matt Crampton and Edgar finished fifth, sixth and eighth respectively. Although Britain came away with no medals in the discipline, to have three riders in the final eight is some achievement – particularly given the absence of reining world champion Chris Hoy.

1. Gregory Bauge (Fra)
2. Azizulhasni Awang (Mas)
3. Kevin Sireau (Fra)
4. Shane Perkins (Aus)

Race for 5-8 place
5. Jason Kenny (GB)
6. Matt Crampton (GB)
7. Mickael Bourgain (Fra)
8. Ross Edgar (GB)

Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) beat Ross Edgar (GB) 2-1
Gregory Bauge (Fra) beat Jason Kenny (GB) 2-0
Kevin Sireau (Fra) beat Matt Crampton (GB) 2-0
Shane Perkins (Aus) beat Mickael Bourgain (Fra) 2-0

Round 1/8 repechage
Gregory Bauge (Fra) beat Michael D’Almeida and Lei Zhang
Ross Edgar (GB) beat Stefan Nimke and Maximilian Levy

Round 1/8
Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) beat Gregory Bauge (Fra)
Jason Kenny (GB) beat Ross Edgar (GB)
Kevin Sireau (Fra) beat Stefan Nimke (Ger)
Mickael Bourgain (Fra) beat Mickael D’Almeida (Fra)
Shane Perkins (Aus) beat Maximilian Levi (Ger)
Matt Crampton (GB) beat Lei Zhang (Chn)

Round 1/16
Gregory Bauge (Fra) beat Miao Zhang (Chn)
Jason Kenny (GB) beat Daniel Ellis (Aus)
Kevin Sireau (Fra) beat Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn)
Mickael Bourgain (Fra) beat Christos Volikakis (Gre)
Shane Perkins (Aus) beat Valentin Savitskiy (Rus)
Matt Crampton (GB) beat Josiah Ng (Mas)
Lei Zhang (Chn) beat Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr)
Maximilian Levy (Ger) beat Scott Sunderland (Aus)
Michael D’Almeida (Fra) beat Teun Mulder (Ned)
Stefan Nimke (Ger) beat Robert Forstemann (Ger)
Ross Edgar (GB) beat Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol)
Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) beat Mohd Rizal Tisin (Mas)

Qualifying round
1. Gregory Bauge (Fra) 9.930
2. Jason Kenny (GB) 10.002
3. Kevin Sireau (Fra) 10.010
4. Mickael Bourgain (Fra) 10.040
5. Shane Perkins (Aus) 10.074
6. Matt Crampton (GB) 10.105
7. Lei Zhang (Chn) 10.116
8. Maximilian Levy (Ger) 10.175
9. Michael D’Almeida (Fra) 10.184
10. Stefan Nimke (Ger) 10.198
11. Ross Edgar (GB) 10.202
12. Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) 10.210
13. Mohd Rizal Tisin (Mas) 10.232
14= Robert Forstemann (Ger) 10.270
14= Lukasz Kwiatowski (Pol) 10.270
16. Teun Mulder (Ned) 10.294
17. Scott Sunderland (Aus) 10.314
18. Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr) 10.407
19. Josiah Ng (Mas) 10.439
20. Valentin Savitskiy (Rus) 10.453
21. Christos Volikakis (Gre) 10.464
22. Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) 10.488
23. Daniel Ellis (Aus) 10.489
24. Miao Zhang (Chn) 10.496
Did not qualify
25. Denis Dmitriev (Rus) 10.513
26. Jason Niblett (Aus) 10.534
27. Adam Ptacnik (Cze) 10.565
28. Sergey Ruban (Rus) 10.584
29. Christopher Sellier (Tri) 10.601
30. Travis Smith (Can) 10.603
31. Leonardo Alfredo Narvaez Romero (Col) 10.608
32. Wen Hao Li (Chn) 10.644
33. Edward Dawkins (NZ) 10.654
34. Tomas Babek (Cze) 10.658
35. Simon Van Velthooven (NZ) 10.666
36. Filip Ditzel (Cze) 10.709
37. Alfredo Moreno Cano (Spa) 10.728
38. Clemens Selzer (Aut) 10.747
39. Hernan Sanchez Castillo (Col) 10.805
40. Jonathan Marin Cermeno (Col) 10.826
41. Kazuya Narita (Jpn) 10.829
42. Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) 10.837
43. Yondi Schmidt (Ned) 10.869
44. Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa) 11.141

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