Australians dominate fourth day at track cycling worlds

15:16, March 28, 2011      

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Michael Freiberg of Australia celebrates after winning the Individual Pursuit of the Men's Omnium at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn March 26, 2011.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Australia dominated the fourth day of the track cycling world championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on Saturday.

Anna Meares, Shane Perkins and Michael Freiberg of Australia each collected a gold medal. The final event of the day, women's scratch, ended in a triumph for local favorite Marianne Vos.

Vos finished the scratch race first after an impressive sprint. The reigning Olympic scratch champion delighted the home crowd by beating Katherine Bates from Australia and Danielle King from Britain.

"This is wonderful," Vos said after the match. "Every time I attacked the audience reacted. I was feeling strong and I wanted to show that."

Australian Meares grabbed her second gold of the world championships by winning the women's sprint. She beat Simona Krupeckaite from Lithuania in two races, with times of 11.984 and 11.453 respectively.

On Thursday she was already victorious with her compatriot Kaarle McCulloch on team sprint.

Defending champion Victoria Pendleton from Britain had to settle for a bronze medal this time.

Perkins added another gold for Australia by coming out on top of the podium in the men's keirin final. In the final sprint he beat Chris Hoy from Britain and Teun Mulder from the Netherlands.

Hoy gained his 23rd medal at the world track cycling championships. He has now won four medals more than everybody else in the track worlds history.

The men's omnium was won by another Australian Freiberg. Shane Archbold from New Zealand finished second and Belgian Gijs Van Hoecke grabbed a bronze medal.

Australia became the first nation to win the men's omnium twice in history after Leigh Howard's victory in 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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