Yates wins points race at track cycling worlds

Updated: February 22, 2013, 2:43 PM ET
Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus -- Simon Yates of Britain has won the last sprint to claim the points race Friday at the track cycling world championships for his first major title.

Teammate Jason Kenny took gold in the kierin final. Kenny, a three-time Olympic champion, edged Maximilian Levy of Germany by 0.047 seconds to claim his second world title. Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands was third.

Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland retained her title in the women's scratch race, winning ahead of Sofia Arreola Navarro of Mexico and Evgeniya Romanyuta of Russia.

Yates scored 35 points in the 40-kilometer, 160-lap race with 16 sprints. Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain was a point behind for second and Kirill Sveshnikov of Russia was third.

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