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The Aussies took the gold in the women's 4000 team pursuit.
The Brits were trying to keep up but their efforts cost them a rider at the 2500 mark.
A world record ride of 4:13.6! Three seconds faster than the Brits previous record.
Smashing it!

 
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Pervis came from the back at the last second to take second in the second round.

In the final, Pervis jumped ahead on the final lap. Nobody could catch the Beast.

 
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In the men's team pursuit:

Australia overtook the Germans on the last lap, enroute to a 3:54 finish. The Germans lost their third rider at the 3500 mark and never slowed down. The Aussies caught him up with a half lap to go. Bronze for Australia.

In the gold/silver match, New Zealand had the edge until the 2500 mark when the Brits pulled even and got up by half a second. But, New Zealand had a fast finish. The one Kiwi almost came off on the last switch, but they kept it from falling apart and the result is as you see below. New Zealand takes the Gold!

 
Well done to 'Beck' Wiasak, thirty year old
World Championship debutante, fastest
qualifier in women's I.P. with 3:27.018
breaking the oldest Australian Elite record
on the books: Katie Mactier's 3:27.650
from the 2004 Athens Olympics (which was
very briefly a World Record).

Wiasak AUS vs. Valente USA for gold
Cure AUS vs Rowsell GBR for bronze
 
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Women's sprint into next round:

Zhong, Ligtlee, Morton, Vogel, Voynova, Varnish.

Hunting in the repechage still to come: Meares, Welte, Guo (relegated)

and a blow up of NZ overlapping rear wheel before the line.
(sorry, a little fuzzy)

 
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Kilo

Pervis had a 2/10ths lead from the first 7 seconds and held it until he started to crack at the very end.
1:00.20
He couldn't walk he was so torn apart. Amazing performance by the Beast.

 
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My best picture of the day was Wasak, the Aussie taking Gold.
Valente of the USA took the Silver.
All the riders in the finals were tired, about three seconds off from their qualifying times.
Amy Cure won the Bronze

 
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Men's sprint:

Kenny is out.
Pervis and Boetticher are in the upcoming repecharges.

IN: Dmitriev, Bauge, Canelon, Hoogland, Glaetzer, LeFargue
 
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Pervis and Webster are added to tonight's sprinters, field of eight.

In women's omnium:

Trott took the pursuit followed by Edmondson, Wild, then Hammer.

Standings after two events:
Edmondson 70
Sharokova 66 (one of four riders who lapped the field this afternoon)
Wild 64
Hammer 60

Looks to be a tight race.
Trott is in 7th with 56 points.
 
The tale of the men's Individual Pursuit was actually written in the qualifying and, if anything, in Bobridge's hour record attempt. He was the fastest at 2km by nearly 4 seconds and even his 3rd km was one of the fastest but his closing km was only the 7th fastest even though he was a clear fastest qualifier.

In the final he went out even faster, 1.05.921 (1.06.259) to Keung's 1.09.322 and his 2nd km was marginally quicker than Keung (1.02.042 to 1.02.278) but the writing was already on the wall at 3km (3rd km 1.05.008 to Keung's 1.03.416) and it was even by 3750m.

Brave it may've been but one would've hope something may register somewhere inside his skull that "death or glory" efforts rarely end with the latter.
 
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Vogel wins the second easily.
Ligtlee let Vogel take out the sprint, which was a bad decision.
She never got into Vogel's slipstream but rode beside her until she faded at the start of the turn.

 
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Men's Pursuit

Kueng overcame a four second deficit in the first kilo and ripped the fading Bobridge apart in the last kilo. Poor Jack is racing backwards.

 
dirkprovin said:
The tale of the men's Individual Pursuit was actually written in the qualifying and, if anything, in Bobridge's hour record attempt. He was the fastest at 2km by nearly 4 seconds and even his 3rd km was one of the fastest but his closing km was only the 7th fastest even though he was a clear fastest qualifier.

In the final he went out even faster, 1.05.921 (1.06.259) to Keung's 1.09.322 and his 2nd km was marginally quicker than Keung (1.02.042 to 1.02.278) but the writing was already on the wall at 3km (3rd km 1.05.008 to Keung's 1.03.416) and it was even by 3750m.

Brave it may've been but one would've hope something may register somewhere inside his skull that "death or glory" efforts rarely end with the latter.
Oh dear. But well done to his opponent who stuck to his plan.
 
Final medal tally - Olympic events only

AUS 3G 1S 2B 6T
FRA 3G 1B 4T
NZL 1G 2S 3T
GER 1G 1B 2T
CHN 1G 1B 2T
COL 1G 1T
GBR 3S 3T
NED 2S 1B 3T
RUS 2S 2T
ITA 1B 1T
CAN 1B 1T
CUB 1B 1T
MAL 1B 1T

What can we take from these championships a year and a bit out from Rio ? GBR has certainly taken a knock and their sprint stocks in both genders some way off. The men's endurance program has "haemorrhaged" strength to the road post London and whilst Wiggins may add something and the TP remains competitive, it won't be easy. The GBR women's endurance program remains strong but AUS has clearly made significant gains and sent some clear messages during these championships.

FRA appears to be putting all their "eggs" in the male sprint events and the sprints appear the prime focus for GER as well as CHN & NED in the female events.

Despite the nice haul for AUS, it's not a completely rosy picture. Whilst the mechanical in TP qualifying probably cost them a shot at the gold medal ride-off; I'm not at all convinced the manpower of this squad is of the quality of the London line-up. Maybe they may strike it lucky in an "off vintage" cycle in this event. O'Shea medalled in Omnium but I still remained unconvinced that he has the "legs" when it really counts.

Is Meares going one Olympic cycle too long ? Arguably yes. I think her time may've passed in the individual sprint and given there is only 1 spot in this event from Oceania she may have to give way to Morton. She may still have the smarts for the Kieren and the Team Sprint still looks a shot at minor coin. The major hole for AUS is the male sprint ranks. Given there will only be 1 Oceania QFer in both Ind Sprint & Keiren; at this point they are ceding these spots to NZL.
 
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