Aussies with 23-medal haul at Masters Track Worlds

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23 Oct 2018 Cycling Australia

Australian cyclists have brought home a haul of 23 medals from the 2018 Masters Track World Championships which were held in in Los Angeles from October 6 – 13.

The Aussies came second on the medal tally, finishing the competition with twelve gold, seven silver and four bronze medals. 

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CA would like to extend a special thank you to Geoff Stoker for the recap from Masters Track Worlds. 

The Championships started on a winning note for the Australian squad with Bill Gordin taking gold in the mens 60-64 5km scratch race on day one. Chris Murray was given the opportunity to check out his competition for the mens 50-54 sprint race as he rode last in the qualifiers and then posted the fastest time to go the top of the leader board.

Day two started with gold and silver for Australia in the mens 55-59 time trial. Geoff Stoker and Garry Mandy faced off in the final with Stoker victorious. Then it was Murray’s turn to defend his mens 50-54 sprint title and won both of the races in the final to take the gold. 

Murray took to the track again at the start of day three when he defended his title in the mens 50-54 time trial and collected another gold. In the mens 65-69 scratch race, it came down to a final lap dash which secured silver for Malcolm Clasohm. Day three ended with the mens 60-64 2000m pursuit with Gordin finishing in third place. 

Day four saw the women take to the track. Gemma Kernich held off a last minute attack to win the womens 35-44 5Km scratch race and secure the first gold medal for the women. Sherrie-Ann Prossalentis raced next in the womens 45-54 scratch race that saw high speeds and a touch of wheel that brought down two competitors. In the last lap, Prossalentis used her speed and bike handling to move through the field to finish third. In the womens 55+ scratch race Deborah Coulls had to settle for bronze after being overtaken on the finish line. 

The mens 45-49 sprint qualifiers kicked off day five and saw the unfortunate situation of three Aussies competing against each other to progress to the finals. Dan Rickard knocked Gavin White out then Michael Smith knocked Rickard out in the quarter final to progress to the semi-final the next day. 

The women saw more success on day five with Ann Whitten secured gold in the 55-59 time trial, Lise Benjamin also won gold with her ride in the 55-59 time trial and Catherine Hooton won silver in the womens 45-55 550m time trial.

The mens 55-59 sprint final was an all Aussie affair with defending champion Stoker and Mandy going head-to-head. It all came down to a sprint for the line with Stoker beating Mandy by a tyre to win gold. Gordon once again hit the track in the mens 60-64 points race and won silver.

Benjamin and Whitten joined forces to set the fastest qualifying time for the womens 55+ team spring on day six and went on to win the gold in the final. The mens 45-49 sprint semi-final race saw some great tactics from Michael Smith to progress to the final where he met reigning world champion Ainars Kiksis. Kiksis was able to out-fox Smith, who had to settle for silver.

Day seven saw Whitten and Benjamin progress to the finals of the womens 55+ sprint and the Aussie men win gold in the mens 45-54 team sprint. Coulls raced cleverly in womens 55+ points race and her tactics allowed her to speed away in the final lap to win the gold. 

On the last day of competition, Hooten had to settle for silver in the womens 45-54 sprint after being out-raced by USA’s Kira Maximovich. The final event was the womens 55+ sprint race in which Whitten won gold after defeating USA’s MaryBeth Pierantoni. It was an all-Aussie race for bronze with Benjamin and Coulls lining up against each other. On the final lap of their race, Benjamin jumped from the back to pass Coulls and take the bronze.

Gary Mandy and Geoff Stoker won gold a part of a composite team for the Mens 55-64 Sprint. Gary Mandy also won a bronze medal in a composite team for the Mens 45-55 Teams Pursuit. These medals weren’t included in Australia’s tally. 

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