Sireau stuns Bos in sprint heats

Frenchman smashes track record, Bos gets 4th

Frenchman Kevin Sireau set a new venue record to wow his sprint rivals in the early rounds of the competition at the world track cycling championships Thursday.

Sireau, who helped France to gold in the men's team sprint ahead of Britain on Wednesday's opening day, set a time of 9.992sec for the flying last 200 metres to top qualifying.

Dutchman Theo Bos is the reigning world champion but he was left stunned when France's Gregory Bauge and Mickael Bourgain took second and third place respectively in 10.028 and 10.029.

Bos, the reigning world record holder in 9.772, finished fourth after tying with Britain's Chris Hoy while up and coming British sprinter Jason Kenny impressed in a time of 10.067.

Reigning Olympic champion Ryan Bayley qualified but finished ninth in 10.126, just ahead of teammate Shane Perkins (10.150) and well ahead of fellow Australian Mark French, 19th in 10.296.

In the ensuing round French was beaten in his match-up with Frenchman Francois Pervis.There are no repechages rounds in the men's sprint competition.

 Men

   Team pursuit

   Qualifying

   1. Denmark (Michael Faerk Christensen, Casper Jorgensen, Jens-Erik Madsen,

Alex Rasmussen) 3min 57.734, 2. Britain (Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul

Manning, Bradley Wiggins) 3:58.983, 3. New Zealand (Sam Bewley, Westley Gough,

Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan) 4:833, 4. Australia (Jack Bobridge, Graeme Brown,

Mark Jamieson, Bradley McGee) 4:947, 5. Russia 4:04.310, 6. France 4:04.577,

7. Spain 4:05.138, 8. Netherlands 4:05.302, 9. Germany 4:06.941, 10. Ukraine

4:07.086, 11. Colombia 4:09.960, 12. Korea 4:14.157

   Sprint

   Qualifying (first 24 to next rd)

   1. Kevin Sireau (FRA) 9.992sec, 2. Gregory Bauge (FRA) 10.028, 3. Mickael

Bourgain (FRA) 10.029, 4. Theo Bos (NED) 10.032, =. Chris Hoy (GBR) 10.032, 6.

Francois Pervis (FRA) 10.035, 7. Jason Kenny (GBR) 10.067, 8. Maximilian Levy

(GER) 10.073, 9. Ryan Bayley (AUS) 10.126, 10. Shane Perkins (AUS) 10.150, 11.

Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) 10.160, 12. Ross Edgar (GBR) 10.178, 13. Roberto

Chiappa (ITA) 10.187, 14. Andriy Vynokurov (UKR) 10.201, 15. Kazunari Watanabe

(JPN) 10.275, 16. Carsten Bergemann (GER) 10.276, 17. Sergey Ruban (RUS)

10.287, 18. Kiyofumi Nagai (JPN) 10.292, 19. Mark French (AUS) 10.296, 20.

Teun Mulder (NED) 10.310, 21. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (POL) 10.312, 22. Michael

Blatchford (USA) 10.313, 23. Filip Ptacnik (CZE) 10.316, 24. Tsubasa Kitatsuru

(JPN) 10.340, 25. Josiah Ng Onn Lam (MAS) 10.352, 26. Hodei Mazquiaran (ESP)

10.366, 27. Tim Veldt (NED) 10.373, 28. Daniel Ellis (AUS) 10.377, 29. Sergey

Borisov (RUS) 10.379, 30. Adam Duvendeck (USA) 10.419

   Selected: Wen Hao Li (CHN) 10.460, Travis Smith (CAN) 10.475, Gideon Massie

(USA) 10.475, Stefan Nimke (GER) 10.500, Qi Tang (CHN) 10.539

   2nd rd

   Kevin Sireau (FRA) 10.549 bt Tsubasa Kitatsuru (JPN)

   Gregory Bauge (FRA) 11.290 bt Filip Ptacnik (CZE)

   Mickael Bourgain (FRA) 10.569 bt Michael Blatchford (USA)

   Theo Bos (NED) 10.740 bt Lukasz Kwiatkowski (POL)

   Chris Hoy (GBR) 10.754 bt Teun Mulder (NED)

   Francois Pervis (FRA) 10.895 bt Mark French (AUS)

   Jason Kenny (GBR) 10.574 bt Kiyofumi Nagai (JPN)

   Maximilian Levy (GER) 10.940 bt Sergey Ruban (RUS)

   Ryan Bayley (AUS) 10.608 bt Carsten Bergemann (GER)

   Shane Perkins (AUS) 10.770 bt Kazunari Watanabe (JPN)

   Andriy Vynokurov (UKR) 11.386 bt Azizulhasni Awang (MAS)

   Roberto Chiappa (ITA) 10.636 bt Ross Edgar (GBR)

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