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Sean loves to combine his love of sport and writing. He played country football for 20 years in Victoria and Western Australia, along the way breaking, straining or tearing every bone, muscle or tendon in his body. He recently won the Stringybark Australian Short Story History award for his depiction of the Aboriginal game of Marngrook and his work has appeared in various newspapers and anthologies. He has covered recent editions of the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour and the Australian road cycling titles. Despite a couple of second places in D grade club races he is still not quite as fast as Cadel!

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Mens Omnium – Individual pursuit 3

Kazushige Kuboki (Japan) v Ignacio Prado (Mexico)

These races are conducted over 4km.

Prado leads at the 1km mark.

Prado maintains a lead in excess of one second at the 2km mark.

The Mexican stretches his lead with each lap.

Prado catches the Japanese rider at the 3.5km mark.

Prado crosses the line in a time of 4’29”
Kuboki is ten seconds further back in 4’39”

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Mens Omnium – Individual pursuit 2

Gideoni Monteiro (Brazil) v Leung Chun Wing (HK)

Great crowd support for the hometown rider.

Leung leads at the 1km mark.

Leung had stretched out to about a second and a half lead, but the Brazilian has fought back to take the lead at the 3km mark.

Great comeback by Monteiro. He crosses the line in 4’25” to massive cheers from the home crowd.
Leung’s time was 4’29”

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The second event of the men’s omnium is about to start – the individual pursuit.

First up is Jasper De Buyst (Belgium) and Bobby Lea (USA).

Lea leads at the 1km mark.

He is increasing his lead every lap. In fact he is about to catch his opponent. They are on the same side of the velodrome.

Lea catches De Buyst and continues to ride off into the sunset.

Lea wins in a time of approx. 4’23”
De Buyst crosses in about 4’36”

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Race two of the men’s sprint Gold medal race.

Jason Kenny is one up and will take gold if he wins this one. He leads off against fellow Brit Callum Skinner. Skinner is too far back when the sprint starts in earnest and Kenny holds him off as the round the final bend.

Gold medal to Jason Kenny.
Silver to Callum Skinner
Bronze to Denis Dmitriev
Fourth Matthew Glaetzer

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Now, race two in the men’s sprint bronze medal race

Aussie Matthew Glaetzer is one race down against Russia’s Denis Dmitriev and must win this race or his medal chances are gone.

The Aussie is away first. At the bell he takes off. The Russian is forced to work hard but gets around Glaetzer on the bend and wins by half a bike length.

Bronze medal to Dmitriev and yet another fourth place for the Aussies.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 9

Anna Meares (Aust) v Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Meares leads off. just 3 hundreths of a second separated them in qualifying. Meares covers all of the Lithuanian’s moves early but when the sprint started in earnest, Krupeckaite is to strong. Convincing win by Krupeckaite.

Both Meares and Morton will have to go through the repercharge.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 8

Steph Morton (Aust) v Anastasia Voinova (Russia)

Morton rolls away first. She qualified slightly faster than the Russian earlier this morning. But Voinova works hard to get round Morton on the bend and finally gets around her. Win to Voinova.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 7

Natasha Hansen (NZ) v Kate O’Brien (Canada)

O’Brien leads off. Hansen attacks from high off the banking at the bell and has no trouble coming around the Canadian. Win to Hansen.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 6

Kristina Vogel (Germany) v Laurine Van Riessen (Nertherlands).

Vogel rolls away first. Van Riessen sticking to Vogel. Vogel starts sprinting early and Van Riessen never seriously threatens. Win to Vogel.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 5

Sorry, slight technical hiccup. Zhong Tianshi (China) just defeated Miriam Welte (Germany) in their matchup.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 4

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) v Jinjie Gong (China)

Ligtlee leads off. The gold medallist from yesterday’s Keirin is very watchful as Gong comes around her just before the bell. Ligtlee fights back though, comes around her on the final bend and gets to the line first.

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Women’s sprint match – heat 3

Lee Wai Sze (China) v Virginie Cueff (France)

Lee rolls away first. The French rider took her at the bell and rocketed to the front, but Lee fought back on the final bend and leaves Cueff in her wake as they approach the line. Great sprint.

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Marchant (GB) v Sullivan (Canada) in the next women’s sprint match.

Sullivan leads off. Very slow first lap. Not quite a track stand, but almost. Bell lap, Sullivan fights hard but Marchant finally gets around her to win by a bike length.

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1st round of the Womens sprint now –

James (GB) v Ismayilova (Azerbaijen). James leads out. She was the fastest qualifier. James leads it the whole way and records an easy victory.

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First leg of the gold medal sprint race now – an all British final between Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner.

Skinner leads off. They take off with just under two laps to go but Kenny has too much speed and comes around Skinner to record a strong victory in race one. What can Skinner do to negate Kenny in the second race?

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Now, the bronze medal race for the men’s sprint between Australian Matthew Glaetzer and Russia’s Denis Dmitriev.

Glaetzer is behind the Russian at the bell, but has given him a bit too much space. He pumps hard but can’t close the gap and Dmitriev takes the first sprint.

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18 points to Norman-Hansen for the win
17 points to Kluge for second
16 points to Boudat for third
15 points to O’Shea for fourth

A good start to the omnium for the Australian.

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Boudat (France) has also taken a lap.

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Kluge and Norman-Hansen have now taken a lap. O’Shea is in fourth place in no-mans land.

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Kluge (Germany) and Norman Hansen (Denmark) now in front. Aussie Glen O’Shea mounted a chase but couldn’t get there. 6 laps to go.

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Bobby Lea (US) and de Buyst (Belgium) are off the front trying to take a lap.

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Mark Cavendish has broken away from the main group but swings back up and allows the peloton to bunch back up. First bit of animation so far in this scratch race.

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First leg the men’s omnium is now under way – a scratch race of 15kms

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Rebecca James (GB) qualified fastest in an Olympic record time of 10.72.

Steph Morton and Anna Meares qualified 8th and 9th fastest with times of 10.87 and 10.94.

Full list of times shortly.

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China’s Zhong Tianshi is the last rider away. She clocks 10.820 which makes her 5th fastest.

Let’s take a breath and sort these times out.

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