Indeed, Rowsell kept Britain’s moral high – by taking her second gold medal 24 hours after winning team pursuit gold on Friday. She had a difficult 2013 season, marred by breaking a collarbone in a crash at the women’s circuit race at the RideLondon GP in August. She has not competed on the road since but has stacked up intense training on the track to give her the necessary speed for the four-kilometer pursuit.
Rowsell qualified with the fastest time of 3:34.904 – beating Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak in the final. Scotland’s Kate Archibald also put in an impressive performance with a time of 3:37.093 – to win the bronze medal over Poland’s Eugenia Bujak.
Other nations had their share of success as well. Italy’s Marco Coledan won the men’s individual pursuit race, France’s Francois Pervis won the men’s Keirin and Ireland’s Martyn Irvine was victorious in the men’s points race.
Coledan beat Russia’s Alexandre Serov with a final with a time of 4:22.641. And, Spain’s Sebastian Mora trumped Tom Bohli of Switzerland in the ride-off for the bronze medal.
France’s Francois Pervis won the Keirin with a well-timed sprint, with Britain’s Jason Kenny only managing a a fourth place finish. Maximilian Levy was second and Hersony Canelon of Venezuela was third.
In the points race, Martyn Irvine won the gold medal – ahead of Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen by 20 points to 17.
Kristina Vogel dominated the women’s sprint after also taking gold in the team sprint on Friday. Vogel out performed Britain’s Becky James in the semi-finals before going on to beat Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee for gold. In addition, Lee beat Anna Meares in the ride-off for the bronze medal, with the Welsh women winning 2-0.
Belgium’s Jasper De Buyst took gold in the men’s multi-discipline Omnium event. He was only seventh fastest in the individual pursuit event but finished third in the scratch race and his consistency from day one secured him victory. Tim Veldt of the Netherlands was second with 18 points and Aaron Gate of New Zealand was third with 24 points.
Women omnium: Flying lap
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