Olympic medalist Guo completes China's gold rush at UCI World Cup

08:41, January 25, 2010      

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Olympic bronze medalist Guo Shuang took her second gold medal at the UCI track cycling World Cup after winning the women's Keirin event here on Sunday, helping China to top the medal tally of the three-day tournament at the Laoshan Velodrome.

As the reigning world champion, Guo showed a solid form in the six-player final and snatched the title with a clear advantage.

Miriam Welte of Germany seized the Keirin silver after edging out Lee Wai Sze of Chinese Hong Kong who settled with a bronze.

It was the fifth gold collected by China at the Beijing leg of the World Cup. The 24-year-old Guo also notched the women's sprint gold on Friday.

Her teammates Gong Jinjie and Lin Junhong cruised to the podium in the women's team sprint Saturday.

Although China's men riders seldom managed to make a dent in major world-level meets, they succeeded in grabbing two landmark golds here in front of a jubilant local crowds.

Zhang Miao paired with Zhang Lei and Cheng Changsong to claim the men's team sprint title on Friday, a day before he landed the men's 1-kilometer time trial gold.

The hosts collected a total of five golds, one silver and one bronze during the three-day competitions, a big jump compared with the five silvers and one bronze captured here last year.

Apart from the women's Keirin gold pocketed by Guo, Sunday also offered other three gold medals.

Chinese Hong Kong duo Kwok Ho Ting and Choi Ki Ho was the only pair that managed to go up a lap during the men's Madison, which provided them the winning margin in the exhausting 160-lap, 40km race, although they merely got 3 points.

Elia Viviani and Angelo Ciccone of Italy grabbed 18 points to win the silver. New Zealand pair Myron Simpson and Thomas Scully received the bronze.

Edward Dawkins of New Zealand defeated Michael D'almeida of France with two straight wins in the best-of-three final to claim the men's individual sprint title.

D'almeida settled with the silver and Francois Pervis, another French rider from the professional team Cofidis, beat his teammate to take the bronze.

Cycling powerhouse Australia beat New Zealand in the women's team pursuit final, while Canada trounced Lithuania to win the bronze.

Source: Xinhua

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