Day one round-up
The first world champion of 2016 was crowned in the women’s individual pursuit this evening, with Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak taking home the first rainbow stripes of the week with 3:34.099. She defeated Poland’s Malgorzata Wojtyra (3:41.904) in the final. Annie Foreman-Mackey from Canada took the bronze medal, beating Ruth Winder of USA (3:39.902).
The second medal of the night went to Sebastian Mora Vedri, who won the gold medal for Spain in the men’s scratch. The men’s scratch silver medal was awarded to Ignacio Prado from Mexico with Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof taking home the bronze medal in front of a sold out Lee Valley VeloPark crowd.
The women’s team sprint was won by Russia’s Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova. In the final, China’s Jinjie Gong and Tianshi Zhong were relegated for an illegal change, therefore losing their world title to Russia.
Finally, what a comeback for New Zealand’s Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins in the men’s team sprint, winning gold and rounding off a great day of racing here at Lee Valley VeloPark. The silver medal was awarded to Netherlands (Nils Van’Hoenderdaal, Jeffrey Hoogland and Matthijs Buchli) and bronze to Germany (Rene Enders, Max Niederlag and Joachim Eilers).
Earlier on in the day, Great Britain Cycling Team qualified fastest in the team pursuit in a time of 3:55.664. Great Britain’s Jonathan Dibben, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins qualified faster than Australia (2nd) and New Zealand (3rd), who previously held the 2015 world title for the men’s team pursuit.
There was disappointment for Great Britain in the team sprint events with both the men’s and women’s teams missing out on the medal rides, finishing 6th and 5th respectively.