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World Track Championships - day five as it happened

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

1640: I'm going to sign off for now, there's an ice bath with my name on it. Thanks for your company over the past five days. Watch out for Ollie Williams' blog looking at why we shouldn't press the panic button just yet. The video highlights will continue on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two until 1730 BST, so you can enjoy a recap of the best of the action. I'll leave you with a couple of dates to ponder. The 2012 World Championships start in Melbourne, Australia, on 4 April. The first event in the velodrome at the London Olympics will be the men's team pursuit qualification on 2 August 2012. Gulp.

Victoria Pendleton on her performance in Apeldoorn: "I was really disappointed with the way I performed in the keirin, I was hesitant and caught up in the way my legs were feeling and didn't take it on and I know you can't do that. I won all three sprint events in 2007. Anna Meares (who has matched that) has had a fantastic competition, she's in the form of her life. I don't feel too despondent about the whole thing because I know I'm not in the best form of my life, I know I've got more to give. I look forward to hopefully finding the form I need. The Olympics in 2012 is so important to me that everything has moved down a rung. I've been thinking this week, wow I feel flat, but is it any surprise. The goal I'm looking towards is the Olympics and that's what I'm dedicating my whole life towards.

1625: After a thrilling five days of racing in Apeldoorn, here is the final medal table:
MEDAL TABLE
1. Australia 8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
2. France 2 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze
3. Belarus 2 gold, 1 silver
4. Great Britain 1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze
5. United States 1 gold, 2 silver

Triple world champion Anna Meares: "I'm pretty confident there are still improvements to be made, we are looking for 1% now. Anyone could have won that final, it's that close. It's good for women's cycling."

Champagne moment
1619: Anna Meares wins a third gold medal of the 2011 World Track Championships, that's Australia's eighth gold in Apeldoorn. Stunning stuff. A crash by Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez lets Meares through and she is never going to relinquish the lead. Olga Panarina picks up the silver medal and Clara Sanchez of Frnace takes bronze.

1612: Anna Meares is on track in the keirin final. Can the Australian match Victoria Pendleton's feat in 2007 by winning all three of the sprint events? She's got the form for it.

It's good news for a Briton
1609: That's more like it. Victoria Pendlton leaves it late but charges around the outside to take seventh place in the keirin overall with a stunning burst of speed. The Briton showed a real champions mentality there.

1606: Victoria Pendleton is playing for pride in the keirin 7th to 12th place final, they are behind the derny bike at the moment, about to make a move...

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams: "Nervy moments in the keirin for one person on the track before it even begins. The gentleman riding the derny - the little motorised bike that sets the pace at the front - has been reduced to waving frantically and shouting towards the officials' booth. Looks to me like he can't work out how to fix his small speedometer back onto the bike. Setting the right pace being a fairly important part of his gig, I can see why panic ensued."

Team pursuit world champion Laura Trott on coming 11th in the omnium: "I'm really happy with my performance, yesterday being 18th I was disappointed and when I got back to the hotel I couldn't get my head around how much pain my legs were in. But I came back and did well in two events today. I don't really want to get greedy by doing two events in the future. I just want to concentrate on one event.

Champagne moment
1550: Almost time to wrap up the women's omnium. It's Tara Whitten and Kirsten Wild in the final 500m time trial. And Whitten puts in the fifth-fastest time to retain her world championship title, Sarah Hammer of the United States takes silver, with Wild taking bronze. Laura Trott can be proud to have recorded the fastest time trial, showing another glimpse of her huge potential.

Great Britain performance director Dave Brailsford: "We were here to look at the ten Olympic medals. With omnium world champion Ed Clancy heading home ill and Lizzie Armitstead injured, we were down in two Olympic events straight away. That meant we were down to eight events that we were focussing on and we have medalled in seven. It's not nice not to win gold but we have set the bar so high that when we don't win people ask what's going on.

It's good news for a Briton
1540: Here goes Laura Trott in her final event of the World Championships. And the 18-year-old goes fastest with a time of 35.799 seconds. She can have a well-earned rest now and along with stiff legs she will have her gold medal in the team pursuit to remind her of her first senior world championships. Great job.

1534: With the lower ranked riders going first, Tara Whitten looks on from the centre of the velodrome, sitting on a special plastic chair covering to keep her cool. And she can afford to be cool. The Canadian will know exactly what she needs to do to become world champion by the time her time trial comes around.

1528: Time for the final event of the women's omnium. Here's what the riders are being asked to do... After five gruelling events over two days they simply have to ride flat out for two laps of the velodrome, 500m. Simple and brutal. Tara Whitten is almost assured gold prior from the start, with Kirsten Wild and Sarah Hammer likely to fight it out for silver and bronze.

Champagne moment
1524: It's another gold medal for Australia, that's a seventh win of the 2011 World Championships in Apeldoorn. The Aussie pair of Leigh Howard and Cameron Mayer hold their arms aloft as they cross the line after a classy performance, they are virtually untouchable in the madison. The Czech Republic come in second and Theo Bos bursts through to win the final sprint and give the Netherlands bronze.

1521: The Netherlands have slipped out of the medal positions with eight laps to go in the madison. Australia and Czech Republic still lead by a lap but France are third. Theo Bos is winding up for a big final push, could he get the Dutch back into it with a last sprint?

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams: "Things are chattier in the GB camp. Pendleton and Trott are locked in conversation, with Trott's final omnium event - the time trial - following the madison. Meanwhile, some British Cycling staff are using the madison (which has no British competitors) as an opportunity to monitor progress in the Gent-Wevelgem cycling road race, using the BBC's equipment in our interview point by the track. Mark Cavendish was among those lining up at the start, not to mention Geraint Thomas and seven other riders for Team Sky, the road team overseen by British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford - who is here in the arena."

1513: Right, back to the madison, still 36 laps to go. Phew. The Netherlands are still in it but Australia lead overall, followed by the Czech Republic.

Great Britain performance director Dave Brailsford on Australia's success: "They have had a great championships but we are not concerned about other nations at the moment. I wouldn't be overly concerned by the Australians. There's nothing in it. I think Victoria Pendleton is quite tired. She's in great shape but not the top shape she can be in so she's done really well here."

1507: Manually refresh this page to get the video up top if you fancy watching the highlights and some live action. It's also on BBC Two, if you would prefer.

Australia coach Gary Sutton on his team's success: "Anna Meares is a very special athlete. Before she lacked a bit of confidence but now she believes in herself and more importantly she believes in the people around her. To me she is the package, as Sir Chris Hoy is. The sprint is the one she really wanted to win and I think that's a turning point for her. You could see the emotion. Victoria has always been a step ahead [before]."

Great Britain performance director Dave Brailsford: "You can't keep the same intensity for four years. What has happened this weekend is not comfortable but it's healthy. We will go back, do our planning, do our reviews and get back into it. The question for us now is to focus, do our debrief and get on a mission and really fight forward over the next 15 months."

1458: We've still got the final event of the women's omnium to go after this madison, where Laura Trott will be in action again. BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams: "Laura Trott has barely stepped off her bike this afternoon. She finished the omnium scratch race, rode her bike across the centre of the velodrome back to the GB team pen, then hopped on the rollers (which are just that, sets of rollers on which you place your bike so you can warm up on it without going anywhere) and carried on pedalling. This despite having well over an hour until her final event, the time trial. Important not to let her conditioning or race readiness slip."

1452: The roof is raised at the velodrome in Apeldoorn as Dutchman Theo Bos wins a sprint with 118 laps to go. Bos is penalised for a nudge on the Spanish rider, though, and is bumped down into second place. There are so many riders on the track, the madison, now a non-Olympic event, is epic.

1447: Some more stats for you... At the World Championships in Manchester in March 2008, five months before the Beijing Olympics, GB were dominant, winning nine gold medals and two silver.

1441: Now we know what GB's medal total for the 2011 World Championship will be - one gold, three silver and five bronze. To put it into perspective, at last year's World Championships in Denmark Britain finished second with three gold medals, five silvers and one bronze.

Twitter
_SamHarrison_ on Twitter: "Back in Britain, thanks for the support out there people really appreciate it. Pretty poor omnium for me, but..... 'I'll be back'"

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams: "Much as the British team are always clear about their long-term goals, and how results in 2011 will barely warrant a mention years from now - it's 2012 that counts - that is not the way they would want to end any World Championships. Victoria Pendleton looked to have taken up a useful position on her final lap in the second round of the keirin, but couldn't hold on to a top-three place to reach the final. It's by no means a stunning upset - Pendleton was 11th in the World Championships keirin contest two years ago, even though she holds the second-best all-time medal record in the race - but it's another example of Australia's Anna Meares gaining more ground on her. Pendleton admits she is not in top form here. The British hope will be that Meares has nowhere left to go, whereas they believe their woman can lift her performance at the Games."

1434: There's 177 laps to go in the madison and we've had a New Zealand rider crash on the track. He's up on his feet but the doctor is pulling splinters out of his skin. Ouch.

Former sprinter Craig McLean on 5 live sports extra: "It's a little bit disappointing. In some respects it will be a bit of a relief for Vicky. She still has to go through the minor final so she will still pick up some Olympic qualifying points. She was stuck on the outside and sometimes you can get away with that but it's a quality field in the semi-finals and she just ran out of steam."

1429: The madison is underway in the velodrome. No British representation here, so lets take the opportunity to get some reaction to Victoria Pendleton's elimination from the keirin.

1424: If you would be so kind as to manually refresh this page, you will see BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra has popped up, giving you the option of listening to some commentary from Apeldoorn. Fill your boots.

It's bad news for a Briton
1421: Victoria Pendleton pulls into third place, well positioned for the final dash but when it comes to the sprint the Briton has nothing left and can't hold off Fatehah Mustapa. Anna Meares wins, Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez takes second, Mustapa finishes third and Pendleton's championship is over.

1418: Anna Meares takes the rear wheel of the derny bike, Victoria Pendleton is forced to settle into fifth of the six-pack. The derny will leave with two and a half laps remaining. Here we go...

1416: First three to qualify and it's Clara Sanchez, Shuang Guo and Olga Panarina who cruise through to the line. I'm not sure they are supposed to make it look that easy?

1412: Time for the second round of the women's keirin. Victoria Pendleton will go in heat two and she's up against Anna Meares again. She must be sick of the sight of her by now.

1408: It's the first medal ceremony of the day and it is gold medal time for Stefan Nimke after his incredible 1km time trial which was probably one of the highlights of the last five days of racing. It's not an Olympic event, though, which is a shame.

1405: A solid ride by Laura Trott sees her finish ninth in the omnium scratch. Tatslana Sharakova wins the penultimate event, followed by Tara Whitten and Evgenya Romanyuta - Sarah Hammer finishes fourth.

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: If London's Olympic velodrome generates an atmosphere for its British riders that is anything like the reception Dutch cyclists get here, it could help generate the extra 1% they need to get the better of some of their rivals. The noise inside this velodrome is heart-pounding even for the dispassionate observer when the Dutch get behind their team. Imagine being Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton or a youngster like Laura Trott at London 2012 and hearing a sound as deafening as that, all in support of you. It's a possibility that this kind of atmosphere might have a negative effect if you view it as increased pressure, but I doubt that's the view many in the British team will take. They must lie awake dreaming of what the noise and support will be like inside the Olympic Park.

1358: This is why we send prolific tweeter and all-round social media guru Ollie Williams to these events. This is a link to audioboo, which will give you a sample of the atmosphere inside the Omnisport Velodrome when home favourite Teun Mulder went out in the men's kilo. Top work Ollie.

1354: This is very cagey with nine laps to go. Tara Whitten laps the field and then settles back into the pack. All she needs to do is stay out of trouble and the Canadian will be in a fantastic position going into the 500m time trial.

1350: Laura Trott was 12th after the first three events on Saturday but the 18-year-old impressed this morning, finishing fourth the individual pursuit. A medal is pretty much beyond her but this is great experience for the youngster. The leaders, by the way, are Canada's Tara Whitten and the United States Sarah Hammer.

1346: Time for the penultimate event in the women's omnium, the scratch race. Laura Trott is involved, battling gamely in the middle at the moment - 31 laps to go.

1342: MENS 1KM TIME TRAIL RESULTS:
1. Stefan Nimke (GER) 1 minute 00.793 seconds
2. Teun Mulder (NED) 1 minute 01.179 secs
3. Francois Pervis (FRA) 1 minute 01.228 secs

Champagne moment
1338: That's agonising for the Dutch crowd and probably even more painful for Teun Mulder who loses his legs in the last 250m. Stefan Nimke is the world champion, Mulder takes silver and Francois Pervis gets bronze.

1335: This could be interesting. World Champion Teun Mulder sets off in the Omnisport Velodrome. The crowd are going crazy for their Dutch favourite, he's gone off incredibly quickly, but can he hold it?

BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams in Apeldoorn: "This is a reasonably quiet day for Britain and some of the team, including men's omnium competitor Sam Harrison, have already headed back home to the UK. Victoria Pendleton is Britain's only realistic remaining medal hope, in the women's keirin, with teenager Laura Trott in the women's omnium looking combative but unlikely to feature on the podium at this stage. As such, it's by far the quietest day for British interests.

But for the Dutch, this afternoon brings an appearance from their cycling great Theo Bos in the men's madison, and a noisy Apeldoorn crowd has warmed up by cheering on Hugo Haak in the men's 1km time trial. That finishes in around five minutes to make way for the omnium scratch race."

1333: Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, I'd love to hear your thoughts today, so get involved. What kind of shape do you think GB are in 16 months before the Olympics? Can GB still rely on Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton for gold? Who has impressed/disappointed this week? And how good are the Australians? Send me a tweet using the hashtag #BBCCycling or text me using 81111 (UK) and we'll gauge some opinion.

1330: Back to that medal table and the optimists might have noticed that GB and Australia are both on nine medals each and that's something the BBC's cycling reporter Jill Douglas feels is the crucial point ahead of London 2012. "This year it's about winning medals but the colour doesn't matter so much at this stage," she said after the World Cup in Manchester in February.

1328: Wow. People have been saying the Apeldoorn track is slow but German rider Stefan Nimke puts the hammer down and takes top spot by over a second in the men's 1km time trial with a time of 1 minute 00.793 seconds. That will take some beating.

1324: I think it's fair to say the Australians have dominated the track over the past five days, which could be ominous for GB at the Olympics. Here's the medal table so far:
MEDAL TABLE
1. Australia 6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
2. France 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
3. Belarus 2 gold
4. Great Britain 1 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze
5. United States 1 gold, 1 silver

1320: It's been a relatively sedate start to proceedings in the afternoon session so far, that is until the velodrome erupts when home favourite Hugo Haak takes to the track in the 1km time trial. His time of 1 minute 02.879 seconds is only good enough for fifth place but that doesn't seem to bother the locals.

1317: I'll be taking you all the way through today's events right here but you will also be able to watch a mixture of highlights and live coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC Two from 1500 to 1730 BST. On top of that there is commentary from Apeldoorn on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra from 1420 BST.

1312: So, what else is taking place on the track today? The men's 1km time trial is underway at the moment, more on that shortly, although there's no GB representation. Laura Trott is in action in the final two events of the brutal women's omnium, the scratch race (1340 BST) and the 500m time trial (1520 BST). The men's madison final will take place at 1425 BST, again with no Britons. The final day, and the championships, will be brought to a close by the keirin final at 1555 BST.

Twitter
BeckyJames on Twitter: "Gotta be honest, I'm absolutely gutted with my performance in the keirin"

1308: GB's Becky James will not compete in the keirin second round after she failed to qualify, finishing fourth in her heat and third in the repechage this morning.

1306: "Don't write me off," was Victoria Pendleton's response to being beaten in the sprint semi-final by Australia's Anna Meares on Saturday and I'm certainly not daft enough to do that. Britain's queen of the track had to battle through the repechage earlier but could still make it a full house of medals today, if she can add keirin gold to her silver in the team sprint and bronze in the individual sprint. The second round of the keirin will begin at 1410 BST.

1303: Afternoon, everyone. It's the final day of the 2011 World Championships in Apeldoorn and the last chance for the British team to add some morale-boosting gold to their medal total, which so far reads, one gold, three silver and five bronze. Despite struggling through keirin qualifying this morning, all eyes will be on Victoria Pendleton today to see if she can make it third time lucky at the Omnisport Velodrome.

1300: Sir Chris Hoy says he has been left "emotionally and physically exhausted" by this year's World Championships after winning silver in the keirin and bronze in the team and individual sprint. But although the great Scot's championship might be over there is still one session left, which includes one very big British medal prospect. It's time to get back on the bike.



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Hoy wins World keirin silver
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Pendleton eases to sprint bronze
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Kenny wins silver in sprint final
25 Mar 11 |  Cycling
GB trio capture team pursuit gold
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GB open with double world bronze
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