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Wild defends omnium title to clinch fifth gold at UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Insidethegames.biz



Kirsten Wild of The Netherlands defended her women’s omnium title on day three of the International Cycling Union Track Cycling World Championships in Poland.

The 35-year-old won a fifth global crown in all as she ended on 117 points at the Puszkow Arena.

Wild was fourth in the scratch race, sixth in the tempo race and second in the elimination.

She then came 11th in the points race to edge out Italy’s Letizia Paternoster who finished on 115.

It means a second medal for Wild in Poland after she clinched silver behind Britain’s Elinor Barker in the scratch race.

Bronze today went to Jennifer Valente of the United States on 106.

Another big winner today was Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze who took top honours in the women’s sprint.

She beat Australia’s Stephanie Morton in straight rides in the final as Mathilde Gros of France doubled up against Germany’s Lea Sophie Friedrich for bronze.

Three men’s titles were also decided today with gold in the points race going to Dutchman Jan-Willem van Schip.

He claimed a first major individual title by gaining three laps on the field and ending on a score of 104.

Filippo Ganna defended his men’s individual pursuit title ©Getty Images

Spain’s Sebastián Mora won silver and Ireland’s Mark Downey the bronze.

Quentin Lafargue was another to win a maiden world crown as the Frenchman triumphed in the time trial.

He completed the 1,000 metre distance in 1min 029sec as The Netherlands’ five-time world champion Theo Vos had to settle for silver in 1:00.388.

France’s Michael D’Alemida won bronze in 1:00.826.

Italy’s Filippo Ganna matched Wild by defending his world title in the men’s individual pursuit.

He won the crown for the third time in all by clocking 4:07.992 over 4,000m.

Domenic Weinstein of Germany won silver in 4:12.571 and Italy’s Davide Plebani bronze in 4:14.572.

The penultimate day of the Championships tomorrow will see medals decided in the women’s time trial, madison and individual pursuit.

The men’s omnium will also be held.


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