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It was an astonishing day in the Laoshan velodrome, with Britain’s riders exceeding even the wildest of expectations.
If Bradley Wiggins’ win in the individual pursuit was as close to a certainty as it is possible to get at this level, Steven Burke’s bronze was a superb surprise.
Chris Hoy was unbeaten in the Keirin competition as he grabbed his second gold of the Games after yesterday’s team sprint win. Ross Edgar rode superbly to get silver for Britain too.
Chris Newton won bronze in the points race with a very smart tactical approach, and was only robbed of silver by German Roger Kluge’s late move to win the final sprint.
It takes Britain’s tally of cycling medals to four golds (Nicole Cooke, team sprint, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy), two silvers (Emma Pooley, Ross Edgar) and two bronze (Chris Newton, Steven Burke).
Britain are guaranteed another gold and silver tomorrow (Sunday) as Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel have qualified for the individual pursuit final.
There is no sign of the medal rush abating.
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Hoy won his second gold of the Games to keep him on course for a hat-trick, after he won the Keirin ? with Ross Edgar making it a one-two for the British team.
Ross Edgar refused to give an inch as the French rider Arnaud Tournant tried to get the Derny’s wheel. Edgar had an almost nonchalant look on his face as he shut the door, only to then open it to allow team-mate Chris Hoy in to take the first position behind the motor-pacer.
Nagai of Japan opened it up, with Hoy in second place with Shane Kelly on his wheel.
With a lap to go Hoy was in control with a big gap but the wild move was made by Edgar who got into third place and then took silver on the line.
|Men’s individual pursuit|
Bradley Wiggins successfully defended his Olympic individual pursuit title with a commanding performance against the spirited Kiwi Hayden Roulston.
The New Zealand rider started well, perhaps feeling he had nothing to lose but to go for it and put pressure on Wiggins.
But Wiggins was so strong over the final two kilometres as he stepped up to a gear Roulston simply didn’t have.
His time was 4-16.977, not as good as in his earlier rounds, but more than enough to win gold.
BRONZE FOR BURKE
In the bronze medal final, Steven Burke rode exactly the same way he did in the first round. Behind the Russian Alexei Markov over the first two kilometres, he came on strong in the second half of the race.
But Markov refused to give in, setting up a tense final kilometre. By the final couple of laps, though, Burke was well in control and he won in a time of 4-20.947 ? another personal best ? as the Russian buckled under the onslaught.
What a remarkable performance from the 20-year-old, riding his first senior international individual pursuit competition.
Chris Hoy made it look so easy as he cruised into the final of the Keirin. Then Ross Edgar made it through in comfortable style.
French rider Gregory Bauge tried to take it on from the start, showing that the rest of the world is trying to do something to prevent Hoy from following his favoured tactic of leading from the front.
But when Hoy stepped on the gas, there was no answer. It was supreme stuff, and he is going to take some beating in that final a little later today.
Heat two was disrupted by a crash at the back between the Polish rider Kamil Kuczynski and Dutch star Theo Bos.
The other four continued on for a lap before the gun was fired to stop the race and signal a restart.
Neither Bos nor Kuczynski were allowed to start. After the track was repaired, the other four restarted, with Edgar taking the back wheel of the Derny bike in the knowledge that he only had to beat one other rider in the race to make the final.
In the end it was comfortable for Edgar. He was never in danger as he too won the heat. So, two British riders will be in the medal race later.
KEIRIN SECOND ROUND RESULTS
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain) Q
2. Shane Kelly (Australia) Q
3. Arnaud Tournant (France) Q
4. Josiah Ng (Malaysia)
5. Gregory Bauge (France)
6. Ryan Bayley (Australia)
1. Ross Edgar (Great Britain) Q
2. Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan) Q
3. Carsten Bergemann (Germany) Q
4. Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
DNF Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
DNF Theo Bos (Netherlands)
MINOR PLACINGS RACE
Ryan Bayley (Australia)
Gregory Bauge (France)
Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
Josiah Ng (Malaysia)
Theo Bos (Netherlands)
Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
MEDAL FINAL LINE-UP
Ross Edgar (Great Britain)
Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
Carsten Bergemann (Germany)
Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
Shane Kelly (Australia)
Arnaud Tournant (France)
|Men’s points race|
Chris Newton won the bronze medal in the men’s points race, and it could have been silver but for a bold move by Germany’s Roger Kluge with just over a lap to go.
Newton and Kluge were tied on points after the penultimate sprint, with Newton lying second courtesy of better placings in the earlier sprints.
But Kluge attacked hard to win the final sprint and make certain of silver.
Nevertheless, it was an intelligent, gutsy ride by Newton, especially when you think back to the spring, when a training crash left him with a broken collarbone and forced him to miss the World Championships.
The winner was Spaniard Joan Llanares, racing for the last time in his career before retirement. Llanares, the four-time world champion, was Olympic points race champion in Sydney eight years ago, and silver medallist in Athens in 2004.
Newton pulled himself into third place by the midway mark, when Germany’s Kluge had a handsome lead having gained a lap.
But with 35 laps to go Newton and Spaniard Joan Llaneras attacked and worked together to try to gain a lap. Vasil Kiriyenka gave chase.
At the 13th sprint, Llaneras won five points, with Newton settling for second place. But within a couple more laps they gained the lap.
It was a superb move that put Llaneras into the lead and pushed Newton into silver medal position by one point, relegating Kluge to third.
It took Kiriyenka a long time to get across, he finally made it with 21 laps to go.
At the 14th sprint, Newton slipped behind Kluge again as he took third place, but with two sprints to go was looking good for a bronze medal.
With 14 laps to go Australia’s Cameron Meyer attacked in search of a lap. He went with Greg Henderson, forcing Newton to chase to ensure the Aussie did not get the 20-point bonus for gaining the lap.
Llaneras got two points at the penultimate sprint to ensure, barring disaster, gold.
Newton got a crucial point to tie with Kluge on 53 points, but the Brit had the courtesy of higher places.
So the final few laps were all about Newton and Kluge on the finish line.
With one lap to go, Kluge went for a long one, catching Newton napping.
POINTS RACE RESULTS
1. Joan Llaneras (Spain) 60 points
2. Roger Kluge (Germany) 58
3. Chris Newton (Great Britain) 56
4. Cameron Meyer (Australia) 36
5. Vasili Kiriyenka (Belarus) 34
6. Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 29
7. Zachary Bell (Canada) 27
8. Makoto Iljima (Japan) 23
9. Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) 22
10. Greg Henderson (New Zealand) 13
11. Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 10
12. Iljo Keisse (Belgium) 8
13. Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 8
14. Volodymyr Rybin (Ukraine) 8
15. Kam Po Wong (Hong Kong) 5
16. Milton Ariel Wynants (Uruguay) 5
17. Mikhail Ignatiev (Russia) 4
18. Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina) 1
19. Marco Arriagada (Chile) 1
20. Peter Schep (Netherlands) 0
21. Christophe Riblon (France) -17
DNF. Bobby Lea (USA)
DNF. Chun-Kai Feng (Chinese Taipei)
Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar have been kept apart in the draw for the second round of the Keirin.
Hoy is in heat one with Australians Ryan Bayley and Shane Kelly, Frenchmen Gregory Bauge and Arnaud Tournant, and Malaysia’s Josiah Ng.
Edgar is with Carsten Bergemann of Germany, Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan), Mohd Awang Azizulhasni (Malaysia), Theo Bos (Netherlands) and Kamil Kuczynski (Poland).
The first three in each race go through to the final later today.
FIRST ROUND REPECHAGE
Winners go through to second round
1. Arnaud Tournant (France) Q
2. Christos Volikakis (Greece)
3. Yong Feng (China)
4. Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)
1. Kamil Kuczynski (Poland) Q
2. Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)
3. Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
Relegated Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
1. Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan) Q
2. Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)
3. Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)
4. Sergey Polynskiy (Russia)
1. Gregory Bauge (France) Q
2. Maximilian Levy (Germany)
3. Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)
4. Giddeon Massie (USA)
5. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)
|Women’s individual pursuit|
Anything you can do, I can do better, seems to be the motto in the women’s individual pursuit.
Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel will face each other in the final tomorrow ? guaranteeing Britain a gold and a silver medal.
The pair have been trading blows in this competition, with Houvenaghel breaking Romero’s British record in the qualifying round and Romero grabbing it back in round one.
Romero caught Katie Mactier of Australia, just as she did in the qualifying round, and Houvenaghel passed Kozlikova as the British utterly dominated.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 3-32.478 beat Sarah Hammer (USA) 3-34.237
Lesya Kalitsova (Ukraine) 3-31.785 beat Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 3-36.808
Rebecca Romero (Great Britain) 3-27.703 beat Katie Mactier (Australia) 3-37.296
Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 3-27.829 beat Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic) DNF
Bronze medal match
Alison Shanks (New Zealand) v Lesya Kalitsovska (Ukraine)
Gold medal match
Rebecca Romero (Great Britain) v Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)
Great Britain’s Chris Hoy and Ross Edgar both won their first round Keirin heats to progress straight into round two and avoid having to go through the repechage.
In heat one, Hoy was beaten to the Derny bike’s back wheel by Gregory Bauge of France, but came off Bauge’s wheel to lead out the sprint from the front, as he likes to do. No one could get past him.
Edgar, who was kept out of the team sprint trio by Jason Kenny, showed he is also in great form by cruising through in heat three. The first two riders in each heat go through to round two, everyone else is in the repechage.
Keirin first round
1. Chris Hoy (Great Britain) Q
2. Carsten Bergemann (Germany) Q
3. Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)
4. Gregory Bauge (France)
5. Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
6. Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
1. Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) Q
2. Shane Kelly (Australia) Q
3. Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
4. Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)
5. Sergey Polynskiy (Russia)
6. Yong Feng (China)
1. Ross Edgar (Great Britain) Q
2. Josiah Ng (Malayisa) Q
3. Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)
4. Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)
5. Christos Volikakis (Greece)
6. Roberto Chiappa (Italy)
1. Ryan Bayley (Australia) Q
2. Theo Bos (Netherlands) Q
3. Giddeon Massie (USA)
4. Arnaud Tournant (France)
5. Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)
6. Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)
7. Maximilian Levy (Germany)
|Men’s individual pursuit|
Bradley Wiggins will be the hot favourite for Britain?s second gold in the velodrome after he cruised into the final of the individual pursuit.
The 28-year-old caught Alexandre Serov of Russia on his way to a time of 4-16.571. Wiggins barely had to break sweat, reaching the gold medal final, where he will face New Zealand?s Hayden Roulston
But the sensational ride of the day was from 20-year-old Steven Burke. After the great dilemma of who to field in the second individual pursuit slot, Burke got the nod, leaving Geraint Thomas to focus on the team pursuit.
Now Burke has reached the bronze medal final with a superb 4-21.558 against the experienced Ukrainian Volodymyr Dyudya. That beat his personal best time set in qualifying yesterday and means he has hacked 10 seconds of the PB he held before coming to these Games.
Burke will face Markov and will go into that bronze medal match knowing that he went quicker than the Russian in round one. A medal could be on the cards. The finals are at 11.50am, UK time.
|Men’s individual pursuit|
Steven Burke (Great Britain) 4-21.558 beat Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) 4-22.471
Alexei Markov (Russia) 4-22.308 beat Antonio Tauler (Spain) 4-24.974
Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) 4-19.232 beat Taylor Phinney (USA) 4-26.644
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 4-16.571 beat Alexander Serov (Russia) 4-25.391
11.50am BRONZE MEDAL RACE
Steven Burke (Great Britain) v Alexei Markov (Russia)
11.55am GOLD MEDAL RACE
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) v Hayden Roulston
|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: TRACK|
Blog: Life in Laoshan
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Day one at the track: Summary of the action
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British track stars raring to go
What makes the Laoshan such a challenge
Picture special: CW takes you inside the Laoshan velodrome
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