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Hopefully you were either at Manchester velodrome to witness another golden day on the track, or you were watching on BBC1.

But here's a recap of what happened on the penultimate day of competition.

Gold for Victoria Pendleton in the sprint - she was unbeaten throughout the competition and must go into tomorrow's Keirin as the favourite.

Gold for Chris Hoy in the Keirin - adding to last night's sprint gold.

And gold for Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in a superb Madison race in which it looked as if they would be marked out of contention early on. Undeterred they kept going for - and getting - the points, before launching what proved to be a long, dogged, but ultimately successful bid to gain a lap and catapult themselves into the lead.

They're in danger of wearing out the CD that holds the British national anthem at this rate... and we're not done yet. Can Pendleton make it a perfect 10 for Britain on Sunday?

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after four days

1 Great Britain (9 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze)

2 Belarus (2 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze)

3 Netherlands (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

4 France (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)

5 Cuba (1 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze)

6 Denmark (0 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

7 Lithuania (0 gold, 2 silver, 0 bronze)

8 Germany (0 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)

9 USA (0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

10 China (0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze)

= Ukraine (0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze)

12 Australia (0 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze)

13 Russia (0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze)

= Italy (0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze)

= Greece (0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze)


16.25 GOLD FOR HOY That's nine. Nine gold medals for Great Britain. Chris Hoy went from the front, as ever, and held on to beat Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Christos Volikakis (Greece).

16.20 False start in the men's Keirin. The line-up is Arnaud Tournant (France), Matt Crampton and Chris Hoy (Great Britain), Christos Volikakis (Greece), Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan) and Teun Mulder (Netherlands).

16.19 Jennie Reed took bronze in the women's sprint 2-1 over Shuang Guo. Then Ross Edgar took eighth place in the Keirin ride for 7-12 places.

15.50 The roof nearly lifted off the velodrome when Britain won that Madison, and now the crowd is upstanding as Wiggins and Cavendish have headed over to the back straight to celebrate with their families.


15.50 THE FINAL SPRINT: GREAT BRITAIN WIN MADISON GOLD Absolutely astonishing, considering the amount of scrutiny they were placed under by the other teams.

15.49 Germany have just gained a lap so the standings with six to go are GB 16pts, Germany 13pts, Denmark 10.

Only GB or Germany can win. It'll be down to the sprint.

15.46 Just when it was starting to look as if Great Britain were going to be chased down and marked every time they made an effort, the GB pair launched an epic attack that seemed to go on for an eternity.

They were the best points scorers but needed the lap to leapfrog from fifth to first. They've just done it and now there are just 10 laps to go.

15.30 More than halfway through the Madison and Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland have taken a lap. Great Britain racing very aggressively and have scored well in the sprints but they are being marked very closely whenever they try to make a move. The problem for GB is that the three teams that have taken a lap are very powerful. Denmark (Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussen), Belgium (Kenny De Ketele and Iljo Keisse) and Switzerland (Franco Marvulli and Bruno Risi).

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendishcolour> are in action for Great Britain but having just seen the host nation take their seventh gold medal of the championships, it's unlikely the other countries will be allowing any favours.


Victoria Pendleton colour>does it. Her third sprint title in four years. Simona Krupeckaite had a good gap but Pendleton bore down on her on the back straight and round the final bend.



Jennie Reed (USA) tied with Shuang Guo (China) 1-1

The Chinese rider levels it up in the race for the bronze medal.



Matt Crampton colour> wins his second round heat to join Hoy in the final. Ross Edgar colour> was fourth and just misses out.

Chris Hoy colour> makes it look so easy again to march into final.



Victoria Pendleton colour> leads Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 1-0

Race 1: A big win over the second-best sprinter in the competition for Pendleton


Jennie Reed (USA) leads Shuang Guo (China) 1-0



1 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 33pts

2 Trine Schmidt (Denmark) 25pts

3 Vera Carrara (Italy) 20pts

14.15 Nicole Cooke's nemesis on the road, Marianne Vos attacked after the penultimate sprint to make absolutely certain. She soloed away from the bunch and won it in style. Britain's Lizzie Armitsteadcolour> finished in 20th place without scoring a point.

14.05 With 15 laps to go three riders are in the ascendancy. Dutch girl Marianne Vos - who has won road and cyclo-cross world titles - has 28 points, Trine Schmidt (Denmark) has 25 and Italy's Vera Carrara has 20.

I had a great aunt called Vera. It's not a very world champion's name is it?

13.52 Hopefully it'll be a bit more aggressive than the men's race yesterday. Britain's rider is Lizzie Armitsteadcolour>.


13.26 Arnaud Tournant is one of the big names to salvage a place in the second round by getting through in the Last Chance Larry races.


13.12 PENDLETON REACHES FINALcolour> It'll be Pendleton v Krupeckaite in the final then.

13.10 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) beats Shuang Guo (China) to make it 2-0 and clinch a place in the final.

13.06 PENDLETON CRUISES INTO FINAL Pendletoncolour> makes short work of Jennie Reed in their second match to clinch it 2-0.


12.58 Like Hoy and Edgar, Matt Cramptoncolour> lead out. There was a crash between the Malaysian and the Spaniard. Greek rider Christos Voliakis won it. Cramptoncolour> was second, consigning Ryan Bayley, Mickael Bourgain and Stefan Nimke to the repechage.

That's all three British riders safely through to round two.

News reaches us that the Belarus sprinter Natallia Tsylinskaya has a broken collarbone and bruising around the neck after yesterday's crash in the women's sprint.

12.53 Ross Edgarcolour> goes through as the winner of the third heat, ahead of Shane John Kelly of Australia. Kevin Sireau is one of those who has to fight again in the repechage. Matt Cramptoncolour> goes in the fourth and final first round heat.

12.49 Bit of a shock in the second heat. Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia and Shane Perkins of Australia go through to round two. The big hitters Theo Bos and Arnaud Tournant go into the repechage.

12.43 Any thoughts that Chris Hoycolour> may be feeling the effects of last night's sprint competition are quashed as he takes the first heat of the Keirin in relative comfort. The usual tactic - hit the front and hold them off. No one could get near him.


12.38 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) goes 1-0 up against Shuang Guo (China)

12.35 Victoria Pendletoncolour> beats Jennie Reed of the USA to go 1-0 up in the best of three clash.


Sunday, day five>>

Saturday, day four>>

Friday, day three>>

Thursday, day two>>

Wednesday, day one>>


Women's Keirin: Reed denies Pendleton the perfect finish

Who are Brit's golden nine?

Hoy wins the Keirin

Eighth gold for Britain in the Madison

Gold for Pendleton in the sprint

Chris Hoy wins sprint gold

Pursuit women take fifth British gold medal

Jo Rowsell's gold: the toast of Sutton Cycling Club

Belarussian wins men's points race

Britain going for more gold on Friday

Comment: How many more gold for GB?

Hat-trick of golds for Britain

Britain break team pursuit world record

GB into women's team pursuit final

Gold for Romero in individual pursuit

Reade and Pendleton cruise into team sprint final

Track World Champs: results

Romero breaks British pursuit record

It's Britain vs Denmark in team pursuit final

Britain aiming for team pursuit world record

Britain take silver in team sprint

Crowd step in as French anthem stalls

Hayles denies cheating after failing blood test

Wiggins: "I'm pleased I got the job done"

Wiggins wins pursuit gold

Brailsford defends Hayles after failed blood test

Hayles fails pre-race blood test at Track Worlds

Cycling Weekly's 2008 Track World Championships preview


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