Jason Kenny was out of the men’s keirin almost as soon as it had begun forcing him to admit that he was “just a spectator” in his first round race. His ride in the first round repechage wasn’t much better, and the former world champion in this event was well off the pace.
“I don’t think [I had the legs].” He said. “From a rolling start on this particular track, I just don’t seem to have the horse-power against the big guys. It’s something we need to look at. It’s not a new thing. I always make hard work of the Keirin.”
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“For some reason I’m rubbish at winning anything other than the Olympics. Hopefully I’ll be quite competitive in the sprint. I thought I was going well coming up to this and was quite optimistic, as was the whole team. So far it’s not happened. Maybe we can change that in the sprint.”
The keirin was eventually won by Francois Pervis much to the delight of the French crowd. Throughout the rounds the defending champion had looked as sharp as he did last year when he won all three individual sprint competitions in Cali, Colombia.
Gold went to Russia in the women’s 500m time trial as Anastasia Voynova denied Anna Meares her eleventh world title. Meares, who first won this title back in 2004, was sitting in gold medal postion, until Voynova, the last rider, pushed her down the standing with a ride almost three tenths of a second faster. Meares’ silver medal was however a signal that she is slowly getting back up to speed.
Having taken an extended break after the London 2012 Olympics she was somewhat off the pace last year in Colombia. She now appears to be getting back to her best with 18 months to go until the Rio Olympics – her fourth Games.
Germany’s first gold medal came, for once, from an endurance rider as Lucas Liss won the men’s scractch race. 18-year-old Matt Gibson (GBR) rode well to finish sixth in his his world championships debut.
Australia win the women's team pursuit world title in Paris, putting an end to the four year run of success
Day three of the 2015 track cycling world championships sees the start of the women’s sprint and individual pursuit competitions along with the men’s omnium, kilometre time trial and the points race.
1. Francois Pervis (Fra)
2. Edward Dawkins (NZl)
3. Azizulhasni Awang (Mal)
4. Maximillian Levy (Ger)
5. Nikita Shurshin (Rus)
Men’s scratch race
1. Lucas Liss (Ger)
2. Albert Barcelo (Esp)
3. Bobby Lea (USA)
4. Roman Gladysh (Ukr)
5. King Chueng (HKG)
6. Matt Gibson (GBr)
Men’s team pursuit
1. New Zealand 3:54.088 min bt
2. Great Britain 3:54.687 min
3. Australia caught
Women’s team pursuit
1. Australia 4:13.683 min WORLD RECORD bt
2. Great Britain 4:16.702 min
3. Canada 4:17.864 min bt
4. New Zealand 4:22.706 min
500m time trial
1. Anastasia Voynova (Rus) 33.149 secs
2. Anna Meares (Aus) 33.425 secs
3. Miriam Welte (Ger) 33.699 secs
4. Elis Ligtlee (Ned) 33.775 secs
5. Wai Lee (HKg) 33.788 secs
13. Katy Marchant (GBr) 34.633 secs
15. Victoria Williamson (GBr) 34.904 secs