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World Track Championships - day four as it happened

World Track Championships
Venue: Apeldoorn, Netherlands Dates: 23-27 March
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By Marc Vesty

1705: I feel like I've competed in an omnium after the excitement of Dani King's bronze medal. Thanks for all of your comments today. I'll head for a warm-down now, but I'll be back in the same seat tomorrow from 1300 BST (yes, BST) for the final day of the 2011 Track Cycling World Championships. The women's omnium will come to a close tomorrow, but the big one to watch will be the women's keirin, where Victoria Pendleton will try for a third time to win a gold medal in Apeldoorn. Can't wait. Goodbye, for now.

1659: Well that's almost all from Apeldoorn, as a beaming Dani King receives her bronze medal, flowers and a pair of clogs.

Sir Chris Hoy on his keirin silver medal: "It's not the physical side, it's the emotional and mental side, getting yourself up after you've lost a race and fighting back. It's energy-sapping, it really does take it out of you. I'm emotionally and physically exhausted right now. I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks off the bike and then I'll get back in the gym and start the season again for next year."

Former Great Britain cyclist Rob Hayles in Apeldoorn: "It might not be an Olympic event but 20-year-old Dani King's performance in the scratch race shows the strength of British talent coming through."

Dani King on her scratch race silver medal: "It's a big dream for me, I don't think this smile will be off my face for a long time. I just hung on and hung on and knew I could sprint. There's Brits in the crowd, including my parents and that just kept me going."

It's good news for a Briton
1644: What a way to finish. The Dutch crowd are finally treated to a home gold medallist as Marianne Vos breaks from the pack to cross the line in style. The surprise package, though, is Dani King. What a ride from the Briton who showed pure grit and determination to put herself in with a chance before digging in to take bronze to add to her team pursuit gold from Thursday. Kate Bates of Australia takes silver.


1640: Dani King joins Marianne Vos, Kate Bates and Els Belmans in the breakaway pack. The home crowd are screaming for Vos. Great excitement to finish the day's racing.

1638: Marlanne Vos goes again and she's out in front along with Kate Bates. But Dani King has broke from the trailing pack, can she reach the front three for the final eight laps?

1635: A break from Marianne Vos gets the home crowd going and splits the field. Halfway through the race now and Dani King is still in touch.

1632: Dani King is sat in the front three of the scratch race at the moment, 10 laps into the 40-lap event. It would be tough to lead this one out from start to finish.

1629: The final event of the day is just about to get underway in Apeldoorn, it's the non-Olympic scratch race. Dani King, who has already won one world title this week in the team pursuit, is in action for GB. Could the 20-year-old deliver the gold medal we have all been waiting for?

1624: Anna Meares is in floods of tears as she receives her gold medal. Tears of joy from the Australian, who said she had waited 10 years to win the sprint gold.

Anna Meares on her sprint gold medal: "I felt like my semi-final with Vicky Pendleton was a final as she's a five-time world champion. The camaraderie and morale brings confidence to the Australian team. If someone is not pulling their weight, we can pull them up on it. It's just been a great night for the Australian team. This is the biggest event outside of the Olympic games. Some people never get to win a world title, I've just won my seventh. This is a big deal."

1619: What a stunning day for Australia, that's three gold medals on Saturday, with Anna Meares winning the sprint, Shane Perkins the keirin and Michael Freiberg the omnium. They are going to take some beating in London.

Champagne moment
1615: Wow, a blazing run from Shane Archbold of 1 min 03.879 secs puts him top of the times but it won't be enough to take gold overall as Michael Freiberg finishes sixth in the time trial and that is enough to collect the gold medal. Archbold finishes in the silver message position. Gijs Van Hoecke of Belgium gets bronze.

1607: Sam Harrison still sticking in there in second place with his earlier time in the omnium time trial, it would be a tremendous effort if he were to stay there. Here comes New Zealand's Shane Archbold, though, and he could make a difference.

1601: There's some tired legs out there now as the gruelling omnium almost reaches the end. Whatever happens, we will have a new world champion by the end of the day after current title holder Ed Clancy had to head home with a virus. Wonder whether Clancy will ride the omnium at the Olympics, he's undoubtedly GB's best option, but would it really be possible to do both the omnium and men's team pursuit?

1557: Time for Sam Harrison to step up to the track. He's had a hard slog at the worlds after being dropped into the pusuit team on Thursday in place of the ill Ed Clancy - where he won bronze. But the plucky youngster digs deep and goes second fastest in 1 minute, 04.325 secs.

1552: Fair play to the Dutch fans, they go crazy every time a home rider takes to the track. Tim Veldt is flying around the track amid the noise and it works for him as he records the fastest omnium 1km time trial with a time of 1 minute 04.093 secs.

1548: The BBC video coverage has finished, so feel free to manually refresh this page to remove it from the top of this live text if you wish. But we're not finished, oh no, and they're not finished at the velodrome just yet either. It's the 1km time trial in the omnium - the third event of the day for this group, sixth in two days. Ouch.

EpicallyFailing on Twitter: "Omnium is no more complex than decathlon. Personally, I think it's a cracking event."

1535: Medal time. Shane Perkins collects his gold medal and rainbow jersey, Sir Chris Hoy, ever the gentleman, congratulates his opponent and receives his silver medal. There's tears from Perkins as Advance Australia Fair plays out around the Omnisport Velodrome. Touching stuff.

Victoria Pendleton on her sprint bronze medal: "I'm not in the best form but I'm working on a two-year plan. You have got to have confidence and patience in your form and stick to your plan. I've been in every semi-final since 2003, so I don't think that's a bad run. Anna Meares is in the form of her life and I'm not but don't write me off yet.

It's bad news for a Briton
1528: Matt Crampton leads out Chris Hoy as they approach the final lap of the keirin but Shane Perkins pulls through the middle of the British pair and takes the lead. Hoy is having to go around the outside to try and pull Perkins back but he's not got the horse power and the Australian crosses the line first to become world champion. Hoy finishes second, with Teun Mulder taking bronze from Matt Crampton. Breathless action but no world title for the Brits on day four.


1523: So, can Great Britain win gold on day four? Chris Hoy and Matt Crampton are out behind the derny bike in the keirin final. Nervous times.

BBC sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: While Anna Meares rode her way to sprint gold, Chris Hoy and Matt Crampton were sitting side-by-side in little plastic chairs by the side of the track, waiting to race in the keirin final. A draw takes place to decide which order the riders head out in behind the derny, and it's exactly like the FA Cup draw. Each rider dips their hand into a bag and pulls out a neon yellow ball.

Champagne moment
1515: Anna Meares is the world sprint champion for the first time and well deserved it is too. Simona Krupeckaite is no where near the Australian, who simply puts the hammer down and powers through on the final bend. On this evidence Meares and Pendleton are the form horses and there's not much in it.

It's good news for a Briton
1505: Victoria Pendleton hangs back against Olga Panarina as the pair stand still for almost 30 seconds before they are urged to continue. The Briton bursts through on the final lap and Panarina doesn't stand a chance. Bronze might not be what Pendleton came to Apeldoorn for but there have been encouraging signs for the Olympic champion to take away with her.


1505: And then there were two... Evgenya Romanyuta takes it from Joanne Kiesanowski with home favourite Kirsten Wild in third. Wild goes top of the standings after three events. It would bring the house down if the Netherlands win gold in the omnium on Sunday.

1503: Still battling away in the omnium elimination race. There's a surprise, Sarah Hammer is caught at the back and makes way with five left on the track.

BBC sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: Laura Trott is back in the warm-down area, pedalling away still. Cyclists at these events don't just hop on a bike at the start of their race and hop off at the end; a good deal of time is spent preparing to race, and then warming down afterwards. She's smiling with her coach but will be frustrated to have gone out of the elimination race so soon. At the age of 18, though, she's got more than enough time to learn from that experience and build it into her race strategy for the next one. Don't forget she wasn't even down to race the women's omnium until Lizzie Armitstead withdrew from the British team through injury.

CricketEggHead on Twitter: "This Omnium is a shocking event. Impossible to follow and goes on for days. How does this reduce the schedule at the Olympics?"
It is lengthy, that's for sure. Maybe they should just run the eliminator on it's own instead? Or reinstate the individual pursuit?

It's bad news for a Briton
1452: Well that's how quickly this event can turn. Laura Trott finds herself in trouble in the group at the back and can't outsprint her rivals as they head for the line. The Briton is eliminated by the smallest of margins. Disappointing.

1448: One of the best decisions in cycling in recent years was to bring the elimination, otherwise known as The Devil, into the omnium. The rider caught last at the end of every other lap is eliminated. Beautifully simple and breathtakingly brutal. It's the women's turn today, Laura Trott is involved for GB and she's placed at the front early on.

1444: Anna Meares brushes aside Simona Krupeckaite in the first heat of the sprint final. The Australian has so much power, Krupeckaite can't catch her as she tries to come from behind. The on-form Meares edges closer to a first individual sprint world title.

It's good news for a Briton
1438: Here goes Victoria Pendleton, looking for bronze in the sprint against Olga Panarina. The Briton leads from the front from the off and has too much power for the Belarusian to peg her back. That's a 1-0 lead for Pendleton.

1435: Scratch race victory for Michael Freiberg gives the Australian top spot in the omnium with one race to go. Shane Archbold is pushed down to fourth and will need to come up with something special in the 1km time trial later.

BBC sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: "While the men's omnium scratch is in progress, I've been speaking to France's Gregory Bauge, now a sprint world champion for the third successive year having defeated Jason Kenny yesterday. Through a translator, he told me: "All I wanted after my win yesterday was my family and my music." He won't reveal precisely what kind of music we're talking about - or whether he means listening or playing. Part of me hopes he's grade eight on a viola, it'd be such an image. Or maybe he just listens to skiffle to wind down. We'll never know.

1430: Still slugging it out in the omnium scratch race, Sam Harrison is not really in the hunt I'm afraid. Neither, though, is Shane Archbold, which could make for an interesting final event later - the 1km time trial.

MattG481 on Twitter: "Enjoying a day of world class cycling! Lets hope for some more Gold for team GB! #BBCCycling"
It's going to have to be Chris Hoy or Matt Crampton in the keirin now...

1423: No one wants to lead this scratch race out at the moment. Shane Archbold, the New Zealander who impressed when he won the omnium at Manchester World Cup in February, leads the field overall.

1419: While the men's omnium scratch race gets underway, including GB's Sam Harrison, I've just got a second to tell you to manually refresh this page in order to get the live cycling video up top.

It's bad news for a Briton
1410: In a cagey semi-final second heat Anna Meares pins Victoria Pendleton to the wall and forces the Briton into the front. Meares hits the front again early on the final lap but as they come around the final bend it looks like Pendleton might have the wheel of her rival but it's not enough as Meares beats the world champion in the dash to the line. Pendleton will ride for bronze against Olga Panarina, Meares will face Simona Krupeckaite for the rainbow jersey.

1407: Ok, time to decide these sprint semi-finals. And it's Simona Krupeckaite who takes it after a strong tactical race. Olga Panarina can't get near her after being forced high and that's game over. But will Krupeckaite face Victoria Pendleton or Anna Meares in the final?

1403: Tremendous noise inside the Omnisport Velodrome as home favourite Teun Mulder finishes second behind the hugely impressive Shane Perkins in the second heat of the keirin second round. Mickael Bourgain comes in third with a late burst. The keirin final will be incredibly competitive judging by this showing.

It's good news for a Briton
1355: There's almost a shock in the keirin as Matt Crampton takes the win followed by Rene Enders. Sir Chris Hoy looks out of it but an almighty push from the rear of the field sees the Scot come through in third place to book his place in the final. Jason Kenny finishes fifth.

1353: Time for round two of the keirin and we've got three Britons involved. Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton - basically the GB sprint team - go up against each other as the derny bike sets the pace.

It's good news for a Briton
1352: Stunning stuff from Victoria Pendleton who hangs back before getting onto Anna Meares back wheel on the final straight and propelling herself around the outside and into a deciding heat. Top class racing.

1346: Here go Olga Panarina and Simona Krupeckaite in their second heat. And it's Krupeckaite who, against the odds, comes from behind at the last second and forces this one into a deciding heat.

1342: Just to keep the nerves on edge ahead of the sprit semi-final they are making repairs to the track at the Omnisport Velodrome after the fall in the points race. A bit of wood filler, cover it up with sticky tape and job's a good-un.

1338: After a furious final sprint Tatslana Sharakova wins the points race with 25 points, Amy Cure finishes second, while Malgorzata Wojtyra is third. It seems lapping the field is definitely the way to go. Now for something a little more straightforward, Victoria Pendleton v Anna Meares heat two, coming up next.

1336: Tatslana Sharakova laps the field and picks up 20 points for her troubles. With five points already on the board, that puts the Belarusian top of the points.

1332: More news on that crash from BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: Minami Uwano, one of the riders involved in that points race crash, has been stretchered away. She was helped from the track by two officials and wheeled away while sitting up, clutching her torso and looking in a substantial amount of shock and pain. She is one of three Japanese riders at this week's World Championships who hail from the region around Fukushima, scene of the nuclear incident Japan is currently working to contain.

1330: With 30 laps to go, Malgorzata Wojtyra and Amy Cure lead on 20 points but neither have scored in the sprints yet. Marla Lulsa Calle Williams has won two sprints in a row and sits in third overall, level with Kirsten Wild. Laura Trott down in eighth.

1326: Laura Trott is in the points again, this is a gutsy ride from the 18-year-old, this time it's two points to make three in total.

1324: Laura Trott picks up a point, finishing fourth in the second sprint. Kirsten Wild takes five points again, much to the delight of the home crowd.

1321: Amy Cure and Malgorzata Wojtyra launch a break away and lap the field to take a 20-point bonus, nice riding from the Australian and Polish riders. I'm pleased to say all of the riders involved in the earlier crash are back on the track, just bumps and bruises.

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn on the sprint semi-final: Britain's coaches have been wearing holes in the temporary carpeting inside the middle of the velodrome track this week, fretfully watching their charges in action. During the first Pendleton-Meares semi-final race, head coach Shane Sutton practically laid out crop circles in the cyclists' warm-up area, spinning to follow the contest while competitors readying themselves weaved around him. The GB team members rarely show emotion after these races, though, especially when it's only one race down in a battle as fierce as this one, and Sutton simply strolled off after Meares crossed the line first.

1315: Big crash, three riders go down on the corner as the first sprint gets underway on the 70th lap. Laura Trott is not involved. Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands gets five points for winning the first sprint.

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: There are two Trotts in action today. In case you've been following the cricket player all morning, Laura Trott is a decade younger than England batsman Jonathan but equally on top of her game. She already has a rainbow jersey this week having helped Britain to women's team pursuit gold, their only triumph of the Track World Championships to date, and is now taking on the omnium. There are six events in the omnium, which is new for the 2012 Olympics. She and Sam Harrison, the men's omnium rider, are the youngest members of the GB team here, taking on one of track cycling's most punishing disciplines.

1310: While the sprinters take a break, the points race in the women's omnium gets underway. Leire Olaberria Dorronsora of Spain is leading after the flying lap but expect Tara Whitten and Sarah Hammer to be up there fighting. Laura Trott is involved for GB.

It's bad news for a Briton
1307: Tense stuff. Anna Meares tracks Victoria Pendleton's rear wheel closely throughout before a huge burst takes her round the top and the world and Olympic champion has no answer. It's 1-0 to the Australian.

1303: Olga Panarina takes the first heat, keeping Simona Krupeckaite to her rear for the duration and slamming the foot down when it counts late on.

1300: Olga Panarina of Belarus and Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite face each other in the other women's sprint semi-final and they are going to get us underway. Here we go.

1256: Ticking down to the start of the afternoon session in Apeldoorn, we are a couple of minutes from seeing Victoria Pendleton go up against Anna Meares, who has already won a team sprint gold medal at this year's Worlds. Meares also beat Pendleton in the semi-final at the Manchester World Cup in February. Fair to say this is the rivalry in women's sprinting.

1251: By the way, aside from reading all the latest right here, you can watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website (but in the UK only I'm afraid) and on BBC One from 1415 to 1545 GMT.

1247: So, we're all up to date and almost ready to roll in the Omnisport Velodrome but what will make this day of tremendous sporting action even better is if you get involved. What have you made of GB so far in the Netherlands? Could Jason Kenny do a Chris Hoy in London and win three Olympic golds - pushing the big Scot out in the process? Victoria Pendleton v Anna Meares - discuss! Send me a tweet using the hashtag #BBCCycling or text me using 81111 (UK).

1244: I should also mention that two more GB riders are also in action this afternoon and it's the massively promising 18-year-olds Laura Trott and Sam Harrison. Trott started her six-event omnium campaign earlier, posting a 16th-fastest flying lap. She has the points race and elimination to contend with this afternoon. Meanwhile, Harrison's omnium draws to a close with the scratch race and 1km time trial, although he will be hard pushed to pick up a medal.

1240: There's no time for easing into it today. Victoria Pendleton is aiming to win a fifth consecutive world title in the sprint but first of all she has to get past arch-rival Anna Meares of Australia in their semi-final clash, with the first heat set to start at 1300 GMT. World and Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is highly fancied to take gold in his favourite event, the keirin. After easing through this morning's qualifying rounds Hoy will be joined by team-mates Matt Crampton and Jason Kenny (who had to battle through the repechage) in the second round at 1350 GMT.

1237: Today is a huge day of British sport and not just in the velodrome, with Wales v England in the football, Sri Lanka v England at the Cricket World Cup and the boat race - all being covered on the BBC Sport website. But I know what you're really here for, a heavy dose of explosive, world-class cycling, of course. Here's what you can look forward to this afternoon...

1232: To get you fully up to date with the events in Apeldoorn so far... GB are on a run of two medals per-day, with bronze in the men's team sprint and team pursuit on day one followed by gold in the women's team pursuit and bronze in the women's team sprint on day two. On a fascinating day three of racing, Jason Kenny edged out Chris Hoy in the sprint semi-final but the Bolton rider was beaten by Frenchman Gregory Bauge in the final. Hoy settled for bronze but immediately vowed to bounce back - the duo's battle for the one British sprint spot at the Olympics is well and truly on.

1230: Afternoon, everyone. It's day four of the 2011 Track Cycling World Championship and the big guns of the British squad are back in action. But can Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton fire GB to a second gold medal of the championship?

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see also
Hoy wins World Keirin silver
26 Mar 11 |  Cycling
Pendleton eases to sprint bronze
26 Mar 11 |  Cycling
Kenny wins silver in sprint final
25 Mar 11 |  Cycling
GB trio capture team pursuit gold
24 Mar 11 |  Cycling
GB open with double world bronze
23 Mar 11 |  Cycling

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