Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wiggins grabs third gold, American Reed wins bronze at cycling worlds
MANCHESTER, England -- Bradley Wiggins took his third gold medal of the track cycling world championships Saturday, and American racer Jennie Reed captured bronze in the women's sprint.
Wiggins and partner Mark Cavendish rode to victory in the men's madison event. Germany took the silver medal, with Denmark capturing bronze.
Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy each won a second medal of the championships, giving Britain nine golds of the 14 decided so far.
Pendleton defeated Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania in two straight races in the final of the women's sprint for a second successful defense of the three golds she won a year ago. Reed, from Kirkland, Wash., beat Shuang Guo of China for the bronze.
Reed took the U.S. team's second medal of the competition, following Sarah Hammer's silver in the individual pursuit. Reed races again Sunday in the women's keirin, an event she considers her best.
Pendleton will defend her third title in the keirin.
"I had a lot of pressure on me to back up what I did last year and I was really hoping I wouldn't disappoint anyone," Pendleton said. "This has confirmed that it wasn't a one-off, I have got the legs to be the best in the world."
Hoy won the men's keirin, defending the title he won a year ago, and said he now is focusing on the Olympics. Teun Mulder of the Netherlands was second and Christos Volikakis of Greece was third. Hoy is the only cyclist to win world championship gold in four disciplines -- sprint, keirin, time trial and team sprint.
"It's a springboard to success in Beijing, hopefully," he said.
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the women's points race to become the first woman to take world championships in three cycling disciplines -- she was road race and cyclo-cross champion in 2006.
Her victory was the first gold of the championships for the Dutch squad. Vos scored 33 points. Trine Schmidt of Denmark took silver with 25, and Vera Carrara of Italy took bronze with 20.
Officials said Saturday that eight-time world champion Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus broke her collarbone when she crashed during heats of the women's sprint on Friday. She is expected to make a full recovery.