Britain’s sprinters were among the medals at the Moscow World Cup, where 2000 Olympic champion Jason
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A British track team featuring most of its big-name sprinters but mostly young or inexperienced endurance athletes finished third in this weekend’s Moscow World Cup event. The team finished behind the host nation and Germany, thanks to a victory for Jason Queally in the kilometre and four second places.
Queally, the 2000 Olympic kilo who is set to face his team-mate and successor Chris Hoy in the event at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March, beat Germany’s Carsten Bergmann into second place by almost half a second. The 35 year old clocked a time of 1-02.644. The victory had the bonus of securing a place for Great Britain at the world championships in April.
World sprint champion Victoria Pendleton was also among the medals on the first day of competition in Moscow, narrowly losing out to Natalia Tsylinskaya of Belarus. The Belarus rider won the decisive sprint of three in the final.
There was also a silver for the British team in the men’s sprint, where Scot Craig MacLean looked to be getting back to his best as he lost out to Germany’s Stefan Nimke in the final. MacLean had broken his own national record for the 200 metres in qualifying.
Britain’s third silver medal was the most unexpected as Wendy Houvenhagel, winner of a first national pursuit title last month, was the fastest qualifier in Moscow but lost out by less than a second to China’s Li Meifang in the final.
On Sunday, Britain’s long-standing rivalry with Germany in the team sprint continued, with the Germans taking the gold medal, half a second ahead of the trio of Hoy, Queally and MacLean.