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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Belarus woman upsets Olympic, world champion

Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. -- Great Britain capitalized on a tight formation and claimed the men's team sprint over The Netherlands in the last of three finals Thursday night in the opening session of the Track Cycling World Championships.

Chris Hoy, Jason Quelly and Jamie Staff, who posted the fastest qualifying time earlier in the night, came in at 44.379 seconds, an average speed of 37.79 mph on the 250-meter track.

The Dutch team of Theo Bos, Teun Mulder and Tim Veldt was timed in 44.713. Germans John Matthias, Stefan Nimke and Rene Wolf were third in 44.790.

Volodymyr Rybin of Ukraine claimed three points in the final sprint lap to overtake Ioannis Tamouridis of Germany in the 40-kilometer men's race with 38 points.

Tamouridis finished second in the 160-lap event with 36 points. Juan Rosello Llaneras of Spain was third with 34.

Colby Pearce of Boulder, Colo., placed 13th among 20 finishers with eight points. Pearce, a 2004 Olympian, finished 15th, 14th and 14th in the previous three world championships.

In the women's 500-meter time trial, Natalia Tsylinskaya of Belarus upset Olympic and world champion Anna Meares of Australia, finishing in 34.738.

The four-day championships continue Friday with morning and evening sessions.