Williams' 10th place leads Team USA on day three at Junior Track Worlds

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Kirsten Williams, shown in action at last month's Juniors Track Nationals, placed 10th in the individual pursuit on Sunday at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. (photo by Brian Hodes)

Gwangmyeong, Korea (August 10, 2014) —Competition continued at the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Gwangmyeong, Korea, on Sunday with American riders taking to the velodrome in several events.

A 10th-place finish by Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, Colo./TWENTY16 Junior Development Team) in the women's individual pursuit led the U.S. effort on the third day of the five-day event. Williams stopped the clock at 2:33.466 in the qualifying round to earn a top-10 finish in the 23-rider field. Australia's Alexandra Manly won the final ahead of Germany's Lisa Klein and Australia's Lauren Perry.

Just missing a top-10 finish in the men's 1km time trial was Dominic Suozzi (San Pedro, Calif./Team Winded Development) who posted the 11th-best time among the 36 riders. Suozzi crossed the line in 1:05.581, just over three seconds behind winner Jiri Janosek of the Czech Republic. Alex Horvet (West Hills, Calif./LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) also competed in the time trial, placing 31st with a time of 1:08.409.

Nikos Hessert (Evanston, Ill./xXx Racing) took 17th in the men's points race won by New Zealand's Regan Gough. The silver medal went to Russia's Nikolai Ilichev and Armenia's Edgar Stepanyan earned the bronze medal.

The men's omnium also got underway on Sunday. Thorsten Askervold (Lake Stevens, Wash./HSP) sits in 22nd place at the halfway point after finishing 20th in the scratch race and 21st in both the individual pursuit and elimination race. Australia's Sam Welsford holds the top spot followed by Denmark's Casper Pedersen and France's Valentin Madouas.

The women's sprint was also held on Sunday with competition through the quarterfinal round. Danielle Mullis (Rochester, Mich./West Michigan Coast Riders) won her 1/16 heat against Natalie Srutkova of the Czech Republic, but lost to Germany's Doreen Heinze in the 1/8 round and could not advance past the repechage round. Julia Sante (Queensbury, N.Y./Farm Team Cycling) posted the 23rd-fastest qualifying time but was unable to start her 1/16 heat.

Competition continues on Monday with men's sprint, women's points race, the start of the women's omnium, the conclusion of the men's omnium, and semifinals and finals in the women's sprint. Visit the UCI Juniors Track World Championships website for a full schedule.

2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships

August 8-12, 2014

Gwangmyeong, Korea



Women’s Individual Pursuit

1. Alexandra Manly (AUS) 2:24.624

2. Lisa Klein (GER) 2:27.877

3. Lauren Perry (AUS) 2:28.543

10. Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, Colo./TWENTY16 Junior Development Team) 2:33.466

Men’s 1k Time Trial

1. Jiri Janosek (CZE) 1:02.558

2. Alexey Nosov (RUS) 1:04.005

3. Muhammad Firdau Modh Zonis (MAS) 1:04.161

11. Dominic Suozzi (San Pedro, Calif./Team Winded Development) 1:05.581

31. Alex Horvet (West Hills, Calif./LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) 1:08.409

Men’s Points Race

1. Regan Gough (NZL) 42 points

2. Nikolai Ilichev (RUS) 38 points

3. Edgar Stepanyan (ARM) 32 points

17. Nikos Hessert (Evanston, Ill./xXx Racing) 0 points

Men's Omnium Standings (after 3 of 6 events)

1. Sam Welsford (AUS) 110 points

2. Casper Pedersen (DEN) 106 points

3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) 96 points

22. Thorsten Askervold (Lake Stevens, Wash./HSP) 4 points

Askervold's Results in Each Omnium Round


INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT - 21st wth a time of 3:42.726




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