Track cycling worlds: Canada leaves London with four medals
Feature photo: Canada’sAnnie Foreman-Mackey (right).
Canada finished the UCI Track Cycling World Championships with four medals after coming close to the podium but getting shutout on Day 5 – the last bit of competition on Sunday.
Canada’s medal winners were all women. Annie Foreman-Mackey won bronze in individual pursuit; Stephanie Roorda also took third place in the scratch race; and Jasmin Glaesser gained a silver medal in the points race to round out the individual accolades at the velodrome of the last Olympic Games at London 2012. Glaesser also won silver in team pursuit with Allison Beveridge, Kirsti Lay and Georgia Simmerling behind the surprising Americans but beating major rivals Great Britain and Australia.
Day 5 – March 6, 2016
After what she called a “disastrous” first day (Saturday) in the omnium, Allison Beveridge bounced back on Sunday in the Olympic event that will be contested in less than five months at Rio 2016. Beveridge will head to Brazil as the fourth best omnium rider in the world.
Kate O’Brien leaves London ahead of the Olympic Games sixth in the world in women’s sprint, after losing her quarterfinal showdown with Zhong Tianshi of China, who later won the title.
Day 4 – March 5, 2016
Women’s Points Race
Canada won its fourth medal of the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London on Saturday when Jasmin Glaesser grabbed silver in the women’s points race.
The Canadian with 14 points finished second to Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland who scored 15 to edge the field for gold. Third place belonged to Arlenis Sierra Canadilla of Cuba.
This is Glaesser’s eighth world championship medal and second of the week in London, where at the Olympic Games of 2012 she won a team pursuit bronze. The 23-year-old’s other medal in London this week was also a silver in team pursuit on Friday.
Unlike at worlds, no individual points race medals are awarded at the Olympic Games, where the event is part of the omnium.
Day 3 – March 4, 2016
Women’s Team Pursuit
After edging out New Zealand by 0.003 of a second, the Canadians advanced to the gold medal final against the United States. Despite a strong performance, the Canadians finished 2.723 seconds behind the team from the United States, who won in four minutes 16.540 seconds.
Hugo Barrette raced to a time of 9.992 seconds and advanced to the first round in 17th, where he was paired with France’s four-time world champion, Gregory Bauge. Barrette rode a gutsy race, leading the Frenchman until the last 50 metres, when a photo finish determined Bauge had slipped past the Canadian at the line.
Men’s Individual Pursuit
Remi Pelletier-Roy competed in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit, however the Canadian’s 14th place finish did not qualify him for the next round.
Day 2 – March 3, 2016
Women’s Scratch Race
Stephanie Roorda secured Canada’s second medal of the championships after she raced to a bronze in the women’s scratch event. The Canadian finished behind double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott of Great Britain and Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands.
Women’s Team Pursuit
Canada’s team of Jasmin Glaesser, Allison Beveridge, Kristi Lay and Georgia Simmerling finished the qualification round on Thursday in second place with a time of four minutes 20.664 seconds, putting them 4.484 seconds behind the United States. That sets up a showdown with third-ranked New Zealand on Friday, from which the winner will face the winner of United States-Australia later in the day for the gold medal.
Kate O’Brien and Monique Sullivan wore the maple leaf in the women’s keirin event, placing fourth and sixth in their respective qualification heats. In the repechages O’Brien finished third, while Sullivan placed fourth, meaning neither Canadian advanced to the final.
Day 1 – March 2, 2016
Women’s Individual Pursuit
After qualifying in third place, Annie Foreman-Mackey faced Ruth Winder of the United States in the bronze medal final, winning by 3.847 seconds to earn her medal. This was Foreman-Mackey’s inaugural world championships and first time competing in individual pursuit at the international level.
Women’s Team Sprint
Canadian duo Kate O’Brien and Monique Sullivan qualified ninth after a false start. Although the team did not advance to the medal rounds, their strong performance placed them ahead of Colombia (11th) and Mexico (12th), which will likely secure an American qualification spot for Canada at Rio 2016.
More to come from Canadians on day four of the UCI Track Cycling Championships.