American Michael Friedman earned the gold medal in the men's scratch race at the UCI Track World Cup in Beijing on Saturday. In the keirin final, Great Britain's Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant (France) took home gold and silver respectively while Teun Mulder (Netherlands) claimed the bronze.
Friedman beat 24 of the world's best in the final to secure the overall victory in the men's sratch race. American Becky Quinn also continued her success in the women's points race with a strong fifth-place finish.
After qualifying second in the second heat of the men's 15-kilometer scratch race, Friedman went on to take the victory in the final. Friedman and seven fellow competitors were able to get a lap up on the field before the American went on to outsprint the lead group for the gold. Walter Perez (Argentina) and Tim Mertens (Belgium) came in just behind Friedman in second and third place respectively. The first-place finish puts Friedman third in the men's scratch World Cup standings with two events remaining. American David McCook also competed in the men's scratch race, but failed to advance to the finals.
The U.S. women looked strong in the 20-kilometer points race, qualifying more riders for the final than any other nation. Five Americans, including Quinn, Sarah Hammer, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Shelley Olds and Christen King advanced to the final round with impressive performances in preliminary heats, including Hammer's first-place finish in heat number three. Neva Day was the lone American woman who failed to qualify, finishing 16th in heat number two.
After an eight-place qualifying effort in heat number one, Quinn went on to earn seven points and finish fifth overall in the points race final. Quinn scored points in three of the race's eight intermediate sprints but finished shy of the podium once again as Marianne Vos (Netherlands), Yoanka Perez (Cuba) and Katherine Bates (Australia) took the top three spots.
Hammer finished close behind Quinn in the final, tallying five points for seventh place. Cliff-Ryan and Olds failed to accrue any points in the final and finished 18th and 19th respectively. After earning 20 points and finishing third in her preliminary heat, King also failed to score any points in the final and crossed the line in 22nd place overall.
Americans Adam Duvendeck and Giddeon Massie were both eliminated in the first-round repechage of the men's keirin. After finishing sixth in his round one heat, Duvendeck turned in a strong ride in the repechage round, but finished second with only the winner advancing to the second round. Massie just missed qualifying as well, finishing second in his round one heat, only to place third in the repechage round.
Liz Reap was the sole American entered in the women's 500-meter time trial, placing 13th with a time of 36.058 seconds. Lisandra Rodriguez (Cuba) claimed the gold with a winning time of 33.994. Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) won the silver with a second-best time of 34.447 and Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarusia) took home the bronze in 34.595.
Several Americans look to be in action during Sunday's final day of competition in the women's keirin, men's sprint and men's madison.
2007 UCI Track World Cup Classics
#2 - Beijing, China
Day Two Results:
Men's 15-kilometer Scratch Race
1. Mike Friedman (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
2. Walter Perez (ARG)
3. Tim Mertens (BEL)
DNQ. David McCook (Mountain View, Calif.)
Men's 4000m team pursuit
1. Great Britain (Edward Clancy, Stephen Cummings, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning)
2. New Zealand (Sam Bewley, Westley Gough, Timothy Gudsell, Marc Ryan)
Women's 20-kilometer Points Race
1. Marianne Vos (NED) 12
2. Yoanka Perez (CUB) 12
3. Katherine Bates (AUS) 9
5. Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.) 7
7. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) 5
18. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich.) 0
19. Shelley Olds (Saratoga, Calif.) 0
22. Christen King (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 0
DNQ. Neva Day (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
1. Chris Hoy (GBR)
2. Arnaud Tournant (FRA)
3. Teun Mulder (NED)
DNQ. Adam Duvendeck (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DNQ. Giddeon Massie (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Women's 500-meter Time Trial
1. Lisandra Rodriguez (CUB) 33.994
2. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) 34.447
3. Natallia Tsylinskaya (BLR) 34.595
13. Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) 36.058
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