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Welsford wins two golds within 30 minutes at UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Insidethegames.biz



Sam Welsford won two golds in the space of 30 minutes at the International Cycling Union Track Cycling World Championships in Poland on a day of Australian dominance.

The 23-year-old won a third team pursuit world title at the Puszkow Arena in a world record time and then rode to his first individual global crown as he clinched top honours in the men’s scratch.

Australia also won the women’s team pursuit as the country triumphed in three of the four medal events contested on day two.

Dutch rider Matthijs Büchli was the night’s other big winner as he came out on top in the men’s keirin.

Welsford teamed up with Kelland O’Brien, Leigh Howard and Alexander Porter as Australia beat Britain in the men’s team pursuit gold medal ride.

They clocked a world record of 3min 48.012sec after 4,000 metres of cycling as their rivals trailed on 3:50.810.

Ethan Hayter, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi and Charlie Tanfield had to settle for silver on 3:50.810.

Denmark beat Canada for bronze.

Matthijs Büchli won the men’s keirin to claim his second title in Poland ©Getty Images

The scratch race was held over 60 laps with Welsford making it home in front of The Netherlands’ Roy Eefting and New Zealand’s Thomas Sexton.

Australia’s women also won their team pursuit final against Britain as Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure clocked 4:14.333.

Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Ellie Dickinson timed in at 4:14.537 for silver.

New Zealand defeated Canada for the bronze medals.

Büchli won his second gold of the Championships in the keirin as he added to his team sprint title with the Dutch which he claimed yesterday.

Japan’s Yudai Nitta won silver and Stefan Bötticher of Germany the bronze.

Gold medals will be decided tomorrow in the men’s points race, men’s time trial and men’s individual pursuit.

Women will battle for the podium in the sprint and omnium. 


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