World Track Championships: Day three as it happened

Britain's Jason Kenny and Simon Yates both win gold medals at the World Track Cycling Championships in Belarus.

22 February 2013 Last updated at 19:31 GMT

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  1. 1919: 

    The best day of the championships so far? It is certainly coming to the boil nicely. After Martyn Irvine's dramatic win yesterday, Simon Yates blindsided us with that victory in the points race today and that is even before we get onto Jason Kenny's plucked-from-the-fire success. Tomorrow there could be more fireworks with Becky James ready to rip a hole in the competition in the women's sprint.

    You'll be back for more I trust. I certainly will be. See you there. Bye for now.

  2. 1912: 

    That final race of the evening means that defending champion Glenn O'Shea has established a three point cushion over Denmark's Lasse Hansen in the overall omnium standings. Great Britain's Jon Dibben is 12th on 32 points. Three events to follow tomorrow.

  3. 1909: 

    Tim Veldt of the Netherlands wins the omnium elimination race ahead of Aaron Gate of New Zealand. Great Britain's Jon Dibben was 10th.

  4. 1908: 

    Glenn O'Shea, the defending champion, is out to leave just two.

  5. 1907: 

    Denmark's Lasse Hansen, one of the overall leaders heading into the elimination, folds to leave five riders remaining. Australia's Glenn O'Shea, who was level on points with him, is still in among in.

  6. 1904: 
    JON DIBBEN ELIMINATED FROM OMNIUM ELIMINATION RACE

    Disaster strikes for Jon Dibben as he strays onto the apron and gets the hook from the officials despite not being the last over the lap line. A big shame for the Briton who was looking slick until that point.

  7. 1902: 

    Jon Dibben has survived the first eight eliminations, where the final rider over the lap line is pulled into the pits by the officials, and is looking comfortable. The pain is in the post though. As the field thins, it becomes the ultimate survival of the fittest.

  8. 1858: 

    The final event is the elimination race of the men's omnium - the event's third discipline.

    Great Britain's Jon Dibben scored five points to finish 11th in the omnium 30km points race, to go with his 11th place in the flying lap in a time of 13.587 seconds. That gives him a total score of 22 and, you guessed it, leaves him 11th overall with four events still to come - the always exciting elimination race, and three more on Saturday - the 4km individual pursuit, 15km scratch race and 1km time trial.

    Lasse Hansen of Denmark and defending champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia lead the standings at the moment, both with a score of four points.

  9. 1855: 

    What a whirlwind hour for Great Britain. Simon Yates and Jason Kenny confound expectations to claim the medals that send Great Britain top of the event's medal table.

  10.  
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    Marie Jarvie: "Jason Kenny - you clever little man. Repechage in the heats, reinstated in the semifinal and you still win!!"

    Jack Megaw: "World Track Cycling Championships almost looking like Super Saturday (friday?) at the moment!"

  11. 1849: 

    Jason Kenny shares a joke with Maximilian Levy and takes a slurp of protein shake before heading towards the podium. This is Kenny's second world title, but the first he has been awarded properly. He got his first set of rainbow stripes retrospectively after Gregory Bauge was suspended for a drug test infringement after winning the 2011 individual sprint title.

  12. 1845: 

    Jason Kenny shuffled his way through the pack like a professional cardsharp, splitting up the Aussies and the Germans and looking around himself to keep all those threats on his radar. Had Francois Pervis been in the mix there though, it could have been very different. The Frenchman's raw speed might have ruffled his cool.

  13.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It's the happiest of seen him for a long time and with half a lap to go I was sat back thinking yep, he's got this. When he got in behind Levy and he had a bit of a gap behind him he was in control."

  14.  

    Jason Kenny: "It was unbelievable. I put my hopes on Levy, saying I would stick to him and try and pass at the finish, which is how it worked out. I looked back and saw us all strung out like it was Chris Hoy leading us out. I still had a little bit to get through the finish.

    "I was suffering a crisis of confidence after coming sixth in the team pursuit. But a bit of luck finally went my way and the final unfolded perfectly."

  15. 1835: 
    JASON KENNY WINS WORLD KEIRIN TITLE

    Jason Kenny was sat perfectly in the pocket with a lap to go and on the final bend he pulled out of the slipstream and purred away from Germany's Maximilian Levy. Kenny looks almost incredulous at how smoothly that has unfolded for him.

  16. 1834: 

    Matthijs Buchli hits the front with a lap to go. But Kenny is well placed...

  17. 1833: 

    Jason Kenny takes up third position behind the derny. Maximilian Levy and leader Andrew Taylor are ahead of him.

  18. 1832: 

    Jason Kenny pulls out a felt-tipped card with the number four scrawled on it to decide his starting position. The two Germans, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Botticher, look ominously focused. Here we go...

  19. 1829: 

    Sure enough, Francois Pervis bides his time and carves the long way round the final bend to win the minor final. He swept past the rest of the field in style and we'll never know what he would have done in the shoot-out for places one to six.

  20. 1826: 

    Terrific stuff. Maybe Jason Kenny can take inspiration. The double London 2012 gold medallist needed a repechage and a relegation to make the final of the men's keirin. He will chase the derny in just a few minute. First though there is the fight to sort places 7 to 12. Francois Pervis, who suffered that demotion from Kenny's semi-final, is probably favourite.

  21. 1825: 

    A bit more from Simon Yates? Go on then: "That was absolutely brilliant. I've had perfect preparation and the race worked out perfectly. I was trying to conserve energy at the start and then the race came to me and I started getting involved with the sprints and then I realised I was only one point behind with the final sprint coming up."

  22.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "The nice thing about the way he rode is that it was skill, it wasn't a piece of luck and he could well do it again."

  23. 1822: 

    Coach Chris Newton on Simon Yates' gold medal in the points race: "It was really gutsy. He had to dig deep in the final 20 laps to pull that out of the bag. I really wanted it for him, I have been there before and I was just so nervous for him. It was a fantastic ride."

  24. 1820: 

    Simon Yates is looking satisfied at the top of the podium as well he might. He has the brisk air of a caddish World War Two fighter pilot who does vanquishing foreign foes before breakfast. Spain's Eloy Teruel, who did much of the hard yards in the race, looks gutted on the second step.

  25. 1817: 

    The bad news is that the points race is not part of the Olympic programme. The good news is that it could well be by 2016. The UCI are petitioning the International Olympic Committee to add it to the roster for Rio.

  26.  

    Here's a word from Britain's newest world champion, Simon Yates: "I just tried to save some energy for the end and [I started to believe] with 10 laps to go when I realised I needed just one point. When you've got a world jersey on the line you get that energy from somewhere. It's been a dream of mine."

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    Mike Hemming: "Simon Yates take a bow, that was an awesome points race."

    Dan Wilkinson: "Never heard of Simon Yates but what a ride!"

  28. 1812: 

    The endurance of Mo Farah matched with the mathematical quick-thinking of Carol Vorderman, that was a perfectly calibrated ride from Simon Yates. I'm not sure that anyone saw that one coming. Yates is just getting a fully deserved rub-down from his Team GB handlers.

  29.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "When he did turn on and start that final drive, the speed he came round the outside of the bunch was incredible. Such speed and power coming through. I can't imagine he can really believe it. We can't believe it!"

  30.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "I can't believe the way he looked after his own resources. It was such a clever and mature piece of riding. I thought he'd gone too far back in the field with two laps remaining. Coach Chris Newton absolutely delighted, jumping in the air in delight."

  31. 1806: 
    SIMON YATES WINS THE MEN'S POINTS WORLD TITLE

    A perfectly executed race from Britain's Simon Yates. His breakaway dissolved but he kept enough energy in reserve to claim third place on the final sprint. That earned two points and Eloy Teruel cannot get into the top four. Victory for the 20-year-old.

  32. 1805: 

    It is going to come down to the final sprint.....

  33. 1804: 
    SIMON YATES UP INTO SILVER IN THE POINTS RACE

    Simon Yates takes the 15th sprint to register five points and move up into second place overall. He is a point off leader Eloy Teruel whose main group is under threat from the breakaway group.

  34.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Yates has been in every serious break. He spotted this one and waited for the right moment and bang he went for it. This is a move that could take another lap. The group should see this as an opportunity to fight for a place on the podium. They should commit."

  35. 1801: 
    SIMON YATES UP INTO BRONZE IN THE POINTS RACE

    A breakaway of France's Thomas Bommel, Austria's Andreas Graf and Italy's Angelo Ciccone hoovers up the first three sets of points on the 14th sprint. But Great Britain's Simon Yates puts the hammer down to take the point that moves him up into bronze medal position overall with 14 laps remaining. There could be even more for him if this four can close on the main peloton...

  36. 1758: 

    Spain's Eloy Teruel extends his lead to four points on the 13th of 16 sprints. Great Britain's Simon Yates was a whisker away from the point which would have given him sole possession of third place overall.

  37.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Yates has ridden a a very clever race so far. Whenever there's been a serious move he's been there but otherwise we've not seen him and that's the way it should be."

  38. 1756: 
    SIMON YATES UP INTO THIRD IN THE POINTS RACE

    Great Britain's Simon Yates moves up into third place overall as he steals a point on the 12th of 16 sprints, He is level with Switzerland's Stefan Keung and Kirill Sveshnikov of Russia overall. Thirty-four laps to go.

  39. 1753: 

    With fifty laps to go, it is Spain's Eloy Teruel Rovira who has gathered up the most points so far with a total of 31. Milan Kadlec is his closest competition with 28 points with Great Britain's Simon Yates is fifth in the standings just a point off the medal. He should have a bit more gas in the tank as well.

  40. 1749: 

    Lost yet? It can be a confusing one the points race. Simply, it is a 40km race with an intermediate sprint every ten laps which awards five, three, two and one points respectively to the first four riders over the line. There are also 20 points on offer to the rider or riders who lap the rest of the field. And come the end, points win the prizes.

  41. 1744: 

    Milan Kadlec picks up another two intermediate sprint points to move clear of Yates and Teruel Rovira in the overall points race standings. Still, a superb position for Yates to be in.

  42.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Yates did a fantastic job. He got himself into the move, contributed and it's a fantastic debut performance by him."

  43. 1742: 
    SIMON YATES GOES INTO JOINT LEAD OF POINTS RACE

    With 82 laps to go, Simon Yates is one of five riders to pick up 20 points and moves into a share of the overall lead with Czech Republic's Milan Kadlec and Spain's Eloy Teruel Rovira.

  44. 1740: 

    Great Britain's Simon Yates picks up another three points on the seventh sprint to move into a share of fourth place overall in the standings.

    The breakaway group of five that Yates has done his fair share of work for are eyeing a 20 point bonus for lapping the rest of the field as well.

  45. 1736: 

    Great Britiain's Simon Yates has just picked up his first points of the points race, coming second in the sixth sprint to register three on the board. He is well positioned in a breakaway group of five as well to get some more in 10 laps time as well. Australia's Alex Edmonson leads the standings with nine points gathered up so far.

  46.  
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    Leroy from Swindon: "Re 1642 "Becky James free-wheels back to the pits" I doubt it as track bikes don't have free wheels, if she tried it, she'd end up on her face."

    Fair point, it was more of a soft pedal. Never rode a fixie myself. That is my excuse.

  47. 1725: 

    Kian Emadi will be giving us an insight into what it is like to be a young product of the gold medal factory that is British Cycling in an article on the BBC Sport website tomorrow.

    In the meantime he has been telling us what he has made of his first senior-level world championships.

    "I was happy with my performance that got me fourth in the 1km time trial on Wednesday while, in the team sprint yesterday, it was not the outcome I was hoping for (GB finished sixth in qualifying) but I am here for the experience and I gave it my best shot," he said.

    "It was about the experience and there are definitely things for me to work on for next time."

  48.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "I really think Becky is going to be on the podium. Her qualifying time was incredible and there's a lot of confidence to be taken from qualifying [for the knockout rounds] the quickest. She's in a great place psychologically."

  49.  

    Becky James on qualifying for Saturday's sprint semi-finals: "I'm really happy. I didn't expect to qualify first with a sub-11-second qualifying lap. Qualifying with a 10.9 is showing I've got form in my legs. This is my first year as a senior and I'm chuffed to bits. I'd like to think [I can get back up on the podium] but I'm not going to put any pressure on myself."

  50. 1722: 

    The men's points race is on the boards, but with 153 of the 160 laps still to race, it will keep. Let's have a little word with Becky James who is fast emerging as one of the stars of this next generation of British track stars. She will ride in the women's sprint semi-finals from 1240 GMT on Saturday.

  51.   
    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "There is no recourse to appeal but you are allowed to bring incidents to commissaries' attention so there is a sort of informal process if you feel that you have been the victim of an injustice."

  52.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "The commissaires have the final decision and when they have released who is going through, it is final. It's racing, sometimes those decisions will fall in your favour, sometimes they won't and you have to live with it."

  53. 1715: 

    It looks like Francois Pervis just cut down across Jason Kenny's front wheel at the front of the pack as the pair entered the final lap. The Bolton man was squeezed down towards the apron and the commissaires decided that the infringement is worthy of relegation.

  54. 1709: 
    JASON KENNY REINSTATED TO KEIRIN FINAL

    Here is a bit of a newsflash for you. Francois Pervis, who won Jason Kenny's keirin heat, has been relegated to the 7th-12th place final. That means Kenny is promoted up to tonight's final proper and he still has a chance of a medal. That race is expected to be at 1815 GMT.

  55. 1709:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "The extremely affable Kian Emadi was up in the BBC commentary box earlier, so I had a quick word with the rising star from Stoke.

    "His World Championships are over because Philip Hindes will compete alongside Jason Kenny in the men's sprint, starting on Saturday, but the 20-year-old has clearly enjoyed his first taste of life at this level.

    "'It is very different in terms of atmosphere and intensity to a junior world championship,'" Emadi told BBC Sport. "The riders are stronger here and there are lots of them at a high level."

  56. 1708: 

    A bit like the Great Britain team he represents, Kian Emadi has had his ups and downs over the first two and a half days.

    The half-American half-Iranian rider was a very creditable fourth in the men's kilo, but was off the pace as the men's team pursuit team failed to qualify for the final a day later. One of British Cycling's most promising prospects, he has been chatting with BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

  57.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It's so difficult with the keirin because it's very easy to get boxed in and its difficult to fight your way out. It's so easy to make a tiny mistake and it's all over in the blink of an eye. Maybe this is one to learn from [for Kenny]."

  58. 1702: 
    JASON KENNY MISSES OUT ON KEIRIN FINAL

    It was close, but the photo shows that Scott Sutherland of Australia has edged Jason Kenny out of third place. The Great Britain rider was a little boxed on the inside and could not quite get a clear run on Sutherland as they came off the bend. France's Francois Pervis and Australia's Andrew Taylor also finish clear of Kenny. Kenny will compete for a best of seventh this evening.

  59. 1701: 

    The derny picks up the pace and Jason Kenny looks like he is itching for it to depart the track, right up in its exhaust fumes.

  60.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "[Kenny having to come through the repechage] is certainly not ideal on the back of the team sprint ride as well but he's still in good form and the keirin presents opportunities. It's another day, another opportunity."

  61. 1700: 

    Jason Kenny starts next but one to the centre of the track. He is away cleanly and takes up position at the front of the race, just behind the derny.

  62. 1658: 

    Maximilian Levy of Germany wins the opening second-round keirin heat ahead of Netherlands' Matthjis Buchli and Greece's Christos Volikakis. Those three go into the final with the other four riders to contest for places 6 to 12 later tonight. Next up is Jason Kenny in heat two. He needs a top-three finish to stay in with a chance of a medal.

  63. 1655: 

    The keirin is a rate paced by the motorised derny, a fun-looking bike at the front of the pack, which peels off before the final two and half laps.

  64. 1653: 

    Jason Kenny has had to go through the keirin repechage after only clocking third in his first round. Is that going to take it out of him or exactly what the Bolton man needs to get his eye in? We are about to find out. The London 2012 double gold medallist goes in the second heat of the second round.

  65.   
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "They're probably the most experienced riders and Becky is the quickest, so they are the semi-finalists you would expect."

  66. 1650: 

    Guo Shuang may be an emerging threat to Great Britain's Becky James's hopes of gold. The Chinese whisks past Cueff on the final bend with ease and will face the Welshwoman in the semi-finals tomorrow.

  67. 1647: 

    Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze also ensures that she will not have to race a third quarter-final heat in the women's sprint as holds off Stephanie Morton of Australia to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. The final heat is France's Virginie Cueff against China's Guo Shuang.

  68.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "The middle of the velodrome is a hazardous place. Not only are bikes coming towards you from all directions, sometimes attached to riders and mechanics, you have to watch out for people lying on the floor in front of you too. This Japanese rider was getting some very painful-looking phsyio earlier. I didn't think it was the right time to ask her name."

    Japanese rider getting treatment at the Minsk Arena
  69. 1642: 

    Becky James free-wheels back to the pits in time to watch Germany's Kristina Vogel confirm her own passage into the semi-finals of the women's sprint with a narrow win over Gong Jinje. The Chinese rider looked as if she was about to ride Vogel down, but just ran out of pine.

  70.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "I wasn't sure if Becky went a little early then but in the end it was all McCulloch could do to get on her wheel. She's just having a great competition and it would be great if we could see her going for gold."

  71. 1637: 
    BECKY JAMES INTO SPRINT SEMI-FINALS

    More imperious riding from Becky James who blitzes away from Kaarle McCulloch as the Australian's attempts to apply pressure are shrugged off. Into the last four she goes with a minimum of fuss.

  72. 1637: 

    Great Britain's Becky James is next on track in the second heat of the women's sprint quarter-final. She leads Kaarle McCulloch after winning their first meeting and will lead the Australian out this time around.

  73. 1635: 

    That was a successful defence of her world title for Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska and she deserves it for the gutsy way that she bridged the gap to Caroline Ryan's breakaway.

  74.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "That was a great final few laps. We were waiting to see if Ireland could pull it off and win another medal. It was so close but it's hard luck for Caroline Ryan. Dani King with a respectable performance but I think she'd say so herself that it was not quite all there."

  75. 1631: 
    KATARZYNA PAWLOWSKA WINS THE SCRATCH RACE

    Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska grits her teeth and proves the toughest of the breakaway trio and is rewarded with gold. Agonising for Caroline Ryan though who is swallowed up on the final bend as she runs out of juice. Great Britain's Dani King finishes sixth.

  76. 1630: 

    Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska and Mexico's Sofia Arreola join Ryan at the front and if she can stay with them, she will get a medal. The rest of the field are not making any impression in this scratch race.

  77.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "I think Dani King has done the right thing, she's contributed to the pace-making but she hasn't played her card yet. As we saw with the men's race, it really starts with 10 laps to go."

  78. 1629: 

    Stephanie Pohl and Jarmila Machacova are swallowed up by the peloton, but what is this? Ireland's Caroline Ryan streaks out in front with 12 laps to go, apeing the tactics that won the men's scratch race for compatriot Martyn Irvine.

  79.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "This is a good working pair up front and that will take some closing down. It's the first significant move of the race and it's not about whether they will stay away, it's about whether the pack will work to chase them."

  80. 1625: 

    The Czech Republic's Jarmila Machacova and Germany's Stephanie Pohl team up to make a break and quickly open up a 100m advantage over the field. The two are combining well and, with 16 laps to go, the pack are going to have to get their heads down and start reeling them in.

  81. 1623: 

    Twenty-five laps to go and American Sarah Hammer the individual pursuit champion shows her face at the front of the pack.

  82. 1622: 

    The scratch race is a pretty simple concept. A mass race, with the riders split into two packs across the track from each other, over 40 laps or 10km. Dani King is up amongst the front runners in her group. Stephanie Pohl made a little break but the German has been hauled back into the pack.

  83.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Everyone happy to do some pacemaking on the front of the pack, making it difficult for the German to stay away."

  84. 1619: 

    Also in the 18 riders is the Italian Giorgina Bronzini, a member of the new Wiggle Honda team which makes its debut in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (easy for you to say) on Saturday. King is her team-mate in that set-up along with fellow Britons Laura Trott, Joanne Rowsell and Elinor Barker.

  85. 1616: 

    Before that though is the womens' scratch race. Dani King, a key cog in the all-conquering Great Britain team pursuit team, is the only Great Britain representative.

  86. 1613: 

    A comfortable win for Guo Shuang of China over France's Virginie Cueff in the fourth and final heat of the women's sprint. The favourites have been very much on top. They are back on track at 1635 GMT.

  87. 1611: 

    Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze, who won time trial gold ahead of Great Britain's Becky James yesterday, leaves it very late but overhauls Australia's Stephanie Morton by the width of a tyre. The chasing rider has won each of these first three heats.

  88. 1608: 

    Germany's Kristina Vogel justifies her status as the higher-seeded rider against Gong Jinjie, putting the pedal down to crush the Chinese woman's resistance in the second heat in this first set of women's sprint quarter-finals.

  89.   
    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "That was a really nice ride. Becky was not drawn into the game that McCulloch wanted her to play and when she came around the outside she wasn't going to give her opponent any chance."

  90. 1603: 
    BECKY JAMES WINS FIRST SPRINT 1/4 FINAL RACE

    She has looked like the class of the field so far in this event and Becky James surges past Kaarle McCulloch around the top bend to comprehensively claim the opening race of the afternoon session.

  91. 1601: 

    Kaarle McCulloch leads out for this first race...

  92. 1600: 

    Great Britian's Becky James is making her way to the track for the first race in her quarter-final of the women's sprint against Kaarle McCulloch of Australia. This is a cat-and-mouse three laps, one rider tracking another as they build to a furious sprint finish. And it is the best of three races to progress to the semi-finals.

  93.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "These World Championships are fast threatening to turn into 'The Becky James Show', with 'fast' being the operative word. The Welsh Whirlwind swept into the quarter-finals of the women's sprint earlier today and looks in great shape to add a first world gold to the two bronze medals she has already picked up this week.

    "James is back out on the track again tonight - she has spent most of the last hour or so in her familiar spot on the warm-up bike next to the British pen - hoping to progress to Saturday's finals.

    "Elsewhere, Jason 'King' Kenny is yet to get near the podium in the middle of the Minsk Arena but he is hoping to put that right tonight when he tries to fill Sir Chris Hoy's sizable shoes in the keirin. Kenny got through to round two via the repechage this afternoon, and his next challenge will be to make tonight's gold medal final."

  94. 1551: 
    GET INVOLVED

    I willl be listening out for the Twitter hum on #bbccycling and checking Bertha the text machine for your messages to 81111 from UK mobiles.

    Your thoughts on all the action today are more than welcome. And, as we reach the halfway point of the championships, who have been the stars of the championships so far for Britain?

    I think that Elinor Barker, slipping into the women's team pursuit set-up as comfortably as if it were her favourite winter onesie, or Becky James, there or thereabouts in every event she has been involved in, have the strongest shouts.

  95. 1548: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    You will be able to catch them all on BBC television, radio and web as well. In addition to this live text commentary, there is video coverage online and on the Red Button from 1600 GMT and on BBC Two from 1615 GMT. There is also commentary on 5 live sports extra from 1600 GMT and highlights to enjoy all over again from 2200 GMT on the Red Button.

    And if you have an Android or iPhone smartphone you can take the radiation levels even higher by firing up the BBC Sport app alongside the wireless, television and laptop. Toasty.

  96.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Any nations failing to figure on the medal table at the end of this week need not despair. The bizarre mix of gifts on sale in the gift shops here at the velodrome includes giant swans and outsized snails… and trophies. Gigantic ones too. Britain have a total of four medals from nine events so far, including women's team pursuit gold last night, which is a very decent tally. But if head coach Shane Sutton is worried that British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford won't be impressed when he gets back to Manchester on Monday, then he only has to nip upstairs to pick up one of these bad boys - the bigger the better."

    Trophies at the Minsk Arena
  97. 1543: 

    Nice and evenly spaced then with Becky James's sprint quarter-final races (1600 GMT, 1635 GMT and 1800 GMT) peppered throughout the action and Jonathan Dibben, with an 11th-place finish in the flying lap and five points in the points race this morning, taking part in the omnium's third discipline, the elimination race, to play us out.

  98. 1540: 
    BRITWATCH

    Hopes will be high in the British camp of securing a second gold medal to string up next to that team pursuit gong.

    Here is when the booty will be decided tonight:

    1615 GMT: Women's scratch race final featuring Great Britain's Dani King.

    1715 GMT: Men's points race final featuring Great Britain's Simon Yates

    1815 GMT: Men's keirin final, potentially featuring Great Britain's Jason Kenny

  99.   
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "It looks like a school tuck shop run by health nuts, but the table at the front of the British team pen in the middle of the arena is the place to go if you want some energy bars - I didn't try to nick one, honest. As you can see, the British team have a healthy portion of fruit available too, but a quick survey carried out by yours truly revealed the winners on that front were… Australia. The men and women wearing Green and Gold have clearly got the same appetite for bananas that their British counterparts do for Olympic track cycling gold medals."

    Nutrition at the World Track Cycling championships
  100. 1534: 
    EARLIER TODAY

    This morning's action gave us a little heads-up as to who might be in the running come finals-time.

    Great Britain's Jason Kenny, a winner of Olympic individual and team sprint gold, had to win a repechage round after coming third in his opening keirin race. That extra 2km in his legs might come back to haunt him in tonight's second round and final.

    Team-mate Becky James had no such hassle. Having already snared bronze medals in the team sprint and time trial, she breezed through the early rounds of the individual sprint, qualifying fastest and comprehensively dispatching Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez in the second round. The 21-year-old Welshwoman is having a very strong championship so far.

  101. 1530: 

    There are many routes to world track gold.

    Yesterday Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker followed the well-worn British trail, paved with investment and technology, to retain their team pursuit crown.

    Less than half an hour later Martyn Irvine, from the velodrome-less Ireland, emerged from the pack to take the men's scratch race and become his country's first male gold medal winner for 117 years.

    Who is going to pick their path to the top step of the podium on day three of the World Track Cycling Championships?

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