World Track Championships Day Four as it happened

Becky James wins sprint gold to add to her two bronze medals at the World Track Championships.

23 February 2013 Last updated at 19:23 GMT

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  1. 1920: 

    The light are dimmed in the Minsk Arena and that is your lot for today. I'll see you back here tomorrow a little bit earlier at 1030 GMT. We will have all the climax to Laura Trott's omnium campaign and the small matter of Becky James gunning for a fourth world track medal in the keirin. It's all about the girls.

  2. 1911: 

    Australia's Matthew Glaetzer comes through to win the four-man ride-off for the minor places in the sprint competition. He gives a cheery thumbs up to the camera. Jason Kenny looks less chuffed after being beaten into seventh by Germany's Max Levy.

  3. 1908: 

    Next up is Great Britain's Jason Kenny who will take part in a four-man sprint to decide places five to eight in the men's sprint.

  4. 1907: 

    Sarah Hammer tries to slow the race down and out-fox Laura Trott, but the Briton is different class. She streaks clear to win by a mile and move up into third in the overall omnium standings. It was like she was taking a group of juniors out for a training ride. American Sarah Hammer still leads the competition on nine points with Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska second on 11 and Trott on 14.

  5. 1903: 

    Laura Trott into the final two against Sarah Hammer. The final sprint-off for the win.

  6. 1902: 

    Laura Trott is watchful and her caution ensures she is up alongside American Sarah Hammer in the final three riders.

  7. 1900: 

    We are down to the final six riders. Laura Trott is still looking cool and calm, staying well out of danger.

  8. 1858: 

    We are back racing and Laura Trott has embedded herself well into the heart of the shrinking pack, staying out of danger as the riders wheel round to the lap line and the halfway point of the omnium elimination race.

  9. 1857: 

    Laura Trott has dodged the first six eliminations before the race has been neutralised to a gentle roll-round after a crash involving Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska and Australia's Annette Edmondson.

  10. 1854: 

    We are not done yet though. Jason Kenny has the rather unsavoury job of riding for fifth position as one of the losing quarter-finalists in the men's sprint. First his other half, Laura Trott is in the omnium elimination race. She comes into this discipline in fifth place overall.

  11. 1852: 

    GB head coach Shane Sutton on BBC TV: "Becky's come here and performed brilliantly but I think the whole squad has performed well. We've got a young dynamic team, we came here to perform, we were not here for the experience, we wanted to win medals."

  12. 1846: 
    Medal ceremony

    Becky James is helped into her new rainbow jersey by one of the local Belarusian worthies. She looks pleased, but not overwhelmed as the national anthem is fired up yet again on the public address. Like she has a sneaking suspicion that this may be something she will get to experience a few more times before the end of her career


    Andrew Hodge: "The queen is dead long live the queen!!! Britain's Becky James wins world sprint title at World Track Cycling."

    Victoria Bacon: "Awesome win for Becky James in the sprint! Victoria Pendleton was right!!!"


    World sprint champion Becky James: "It's unbelievable. I can't believe this has just happened to me. I'm world champion and I can't believe it.

    "I didn't know if it'd run the first run quite right. We went over the tactics right after. I really wanted to win this so I sat down, kept myself calm and thought about what I wanted to do in the next round, did it and did it again in the third.

    "This is the first time I've ever been relaxed when I'm racing. I've just been taking it step-by-step and taking each race as it comes. Now I know how to race properly.

    "I didn't think I'd get a single medal, I was hoping to get top eight in everything. I can't believe I got a rainbow jersey."

  15. 1839: 

    That is a third world championship medal for Becky James after bronzes in the team sprint and the time trial earlier in the week. She is in the keirin as well tomorrow. What price a fourth bit of neckwear to take back in her hand luggage?

  16. 1836: 

    Victoria Pendleton won this title a year ago and now it hops along to a fresh pair of British hands. It might be that it the passing of the flame as well as a world crown.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Becky James can't believe it. What a fantastic transformation, finally fulfilling her capabilities."

    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It was a fantastic competition for Becky. She rode that third race confidently. She was clearly the winner in my eyes before the race was over."

  19. 1834: 

    Becky James celebrates with her grandparents in the crowd and both look, understandably, proud as punch. She poses with the Union Jack draped across her shoulders and the snappers fill their boots.

  20. 1829: 

    Superb gutsy ride from Becky James. She committed just after the bell, firing up the quads to power for home. It looked like Kristina Vogel had her measure as they came off the final bend, but the German could not get the job done. James checks on the board as she crosses the line. It was close, but there is no doubt -she can stick world champion on that CV.

  21. 1828: 

    Becky James has won one and lost one in their best of three sprint gold-medal final. The Welshwoman will lead out in this final deciding race. Deep breath...

  22. 1826: 

    There have been several hold-ups, but it is almost here. Becky James is sat in the holding pen in the centre of the track with Kristina Vogel just a few seats along. Both have their pre-race blinkers on, staring straight ahead.

  23. 1823: 

    Jon Dibben, who finished eighth in the men's omnium, tells BBC's Jill Douglas: "I came in looking for a good result and happy with way it's gone and eighth. But why wouldn't I want to win it? That's where I want to be."

  24. 1821: 

    The extra rest is not enough for Glenn O'Shea to find the reserves of energy to overhaul Aaron Gate. In fact his time of 1.03.625 leaves the door open for Laase Hansen of Denmark to steal silver. Great Britain's Jonathan Dibben takes eighth place.

  25. 1818: 
    Medal ceremony

    Jarmila Machacova was in tears when she crossed the line in the points race and realised that she had bagged the world title by a slender point. There are more tears from the Czech as she climbs to the top step to receive her rainbow reward. In the meantime the officials are trying to sort the problems with the starting gate that has held up the men's omnium time trial. Glenn O'Shea finally looks ready to bring this event to a close.

  26. 1811: 

    Everything is creaking at the Minsk Arena. After Glenn O'Shea's wobbly wheel is replaced, his second attempt to get going in the men's omnium time trial is foiled by a faulty start gate refusing to clamp cleanly. All of which is delaying Becky James' tilt at world sprint gold...

  27. 1805: 

    Drama. Glenn O'Shea's hand pops up around the opening bend to indicate something has gone askew with his bike. Aaron Gate ploughs on unperturbed and registers a time of 1.02.271 to top the field. O'Shea has been given a restart, he will need a personal best ride to overhaul the Kiwi at the top of the standings and retain his omnium world title.

  28. 1801: 

    It is a trans-Tasman final time-trial in the men's omnium. Australia's Glenn O'Shea against New Zealand's Aaron Gate.

  29. 1800: 

    Becky James' third and decisive race in the gold-medal sprint final against Kristina Vogel should be with us in 15 minutes. Go and make yourself a nerve-settling cuppa.

  30. 1758: 

    The Netherlands' Tim Veldt puts in a storming ride of 1.03.200 to move into second place. Sixth overall heading into this final discipline, unfortunately he may be too far adrift to get in among the podium positions.

  31. 1754: 

    Great Britain's Jon Dibben finishes in 1.05.141. That time is good enough for sixth place in the standings so far with another six riders still to go.

  32. 1753: 

    Jon Dibben is fourth at the 500m split.

  33. 1753: 

    Great Britain's Jon Dibben is next up. He will race alongside Jasper de Buyst of Belgium, but it is all about the clock.

  34. 1751: 

    Ondrej Rybin has been trumped in the time trial standings by Loic Perizzolo of Switzerland. Something of the modern pentathlon about the omnium; some of the riders suffering by comparison to the kilo specialists you see.

  35. 1746: 

    The Czech Republic's Ondrej Rybin has gone fastest of the six riders to have taken a turn so far in the omnium time trial with a time of one minute 4.633 seconds.

  36. 1742: 

    The omnium riders go for their 1km runs two at a time, each from opposite sides of the track. Jonathan Dibben goes in the sixth heat.

  37. 1739: 

    The heat has just started to rise in the Minsk Arena. The men's omnium field are preparing for the final discipline in their competition which means 18 riders racking up the roller miles in the middle of the track. Great Britain's Jonathan Dibben is seventh in the standings with 37 points. New Zealand's Aaron Gate leads on 17.

    Rob Hayles, Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That's the confidence boost Becky needed, if she needed one. It has definitely brought more faith in her. Vogel is obliged to lead the final race one out and both have won coming from behind."

  39. 1731: 

    That was more like it from Becky James. The 21-year-old clung to Kristina Vogel's slipstream, homed in on the German's back tyre and then eased through to take the second race of the gold-medal final by a comfortable margin. It all now rest on the third and final race which is slated for 1815 GMT.

  40. 1730: 

    Kristina Vogel takes the lead with a lap and a half to go...

  41. 1729: 

    It will be Becky James who will lead off this second race of the gold-medal final.

  42. 1727: 

    Disappointment for Jason Kenny, now can Becky James turn around her gold medal sprint final against Kristina Vogel? The Welshwoman lost the first of three races by the tiniest sliver of wheel.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Barechested, Jason Kenny has been prowling the GB pen with the demeanour of a man who doesn't lose often and doesn't like it much. He looks gutted. He is now slumped in his seat, talking it all through with GB sprint coach Ian Dyer... who has just switched his attention to Becky James."

  44. 1724: 

    Denis Dmitriev of Russia completes a 2-0 win over Max Levy in a hard-fought second race of their quarter-final. The only match-up that requires a tie-breaking third race is Simon van Velthooven against Stefan Botticher.

    Rob Hayles, Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Kenny should not have lost that race. What frustrates me about Kenny is that we've seen him make this mistake half a dozen times now."

  46. 1722: 

    It looked like Jason Kenny, who admitted in the run-up to this event that he had suffered something of a London 2012 comedown, just ran out of legs and enthusiasm for the fight. He was not in the frame as Webster pounded across the line, holding him at bay with ease.

  47. 1719: 

    Sam Webster goes from a long, long way out and Jason Kenny cannot summon up a response.

  48. 1718: 

    Jason Kenny takes his place on the startline. The Olympic champion will be chasing Sam Webster and needs to win to survive in the competition.

  49. 1716: 

    And just in time for Jason Kenny's bid to take the quarter-final to a third race, BBC Two's coverage is up and flying. A click at the top of this page should do the job for you...

  50. 1717: 

    Bit of news from road cycling. It was the first spring classic of the season, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium, with Briton Geraint Thomas claiming a highly creditable fourth. It was the best result from a British rider since Graham Jones' second place in 1982.

  51. 1714: 

    Francois Pervis is across the line a head set clear of Matthew Glaetzer to book his place in the semi-final. Next up is Stefan Botticher of Germany who has a 1-0 lead over Simon van Velthooven. Then it is time for Jason Kenny to try and redeem himself...

  52. 1710: 

    We return to the men's sprint quarter-finals now. Jason Kenny is 1-0 adrift against Sam Webster in their best-of-three meeting. Francois Pervis is also ahead against Matthew Glaetzer and the Frenchman is up first to try and book his place in the semi-final without the need for a third encounter.

  53. 1707: 

    Dani King finishes down in eighth place on eight points. She looked strong but needed to be part of that successful getaway of marshall her own if she wanted to content the title. Her Honda Wiggle team-mate Giorgia Bronzini takes third behind Machacova and Arreola.

  54. 1705: 

    Anastasiya Chulkova, with nothing but sixth place to gain, fights all the way to the line to cross ahead of Sofia Arreola. Jarmila Machacova is a busted flush back in the pack, but as she crosses the line she dissolves into tears upon realising that she has won the title by a point.

  55. 1703: 

    Three laps to go and Sofia Arreola looks like she needs to win the final sprint ahead of Anastasiya Chulkova to deny Jarmila Machacova.

  56. 1702: 

    Sofia Arreola of Mexico and Anastasiya Chulkova of Russia are well out in front and if they can lap the field it will put Arreola into the gold medal position. The current occupant, Jarmila Machacova, is leading the chase, but she is not getting a lot of help from the rest.

  57. 1658: 

    Dani King picks up another two points in sprint number eight, but she remains in seventh on eight points and is still well off the medals.

  58. 1656: 

    Nothing for Dani King in the seventh sprint. With a maximum of 15 sprint points remaining for her and a 21-point gap separating her form Jarmila Machacova, she will probably need a breakaway to have a chance of gold.

  59. 1651: 

    Dani King is in the mix again in the sixth sprint of the women's points race, picking up another two points. She is up into seventh with a total of six points with 38 laps to go.

  60. 1650: 

    Dani King decides it is time to make some headway and pins her ears back with a lap to go for the fifth sprint. She is outgunned though as the Netherlands' Kirsten Wild and Italy's Giorgia Bronzini sweep through ahead of her. King picks up two points to move to a total of four. Jarmila Machacova of the Czech Republic, part of that successful early getaway, leads on 26.

    Rob Hayles, Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Regarding Jason Kenny losing the first of the best-of-three sprint quarter-finals to New Zealand's Sam Webster: "We know he's not as sharp as he normally is at these championships and that is the issue, he's not quite on it. I was happily surprised he won the keirin yesterday and less surprised he has lost this first race."

  62. 1643: 

    Stephanie Pohl of Germany took the second sprint to earn the second set of five points. More significantly Jarmila Machacova of Russia, Wong Wan Yiu Jamie of Hong Kong and Sofia Arreola Navarro of Mexico successfully complete a getaway that carries all the way through to complete a circuit ahead of the main pack. Those three jump to the top of the standings, with Dani King of Great Britain has scored two points so far.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "It's become a familiar scene from my perch up in the commentary gantry this week - Becky James hit the warm-up bike hard in the intermission between the early and late sessions at the Minsk Arena, preparing to go all out for a medal. Today could be the big one, though. James has two bronzes from two events so far, and she guaranteed herself a shot at gold in the women's sprint final with another faultless performance in both her semi-final races.

    "Unless she went for some audio commentary of Italy-Wales pumped into her headphones, she hasn't been following how her boyfriend George North is getting on in the Rome rain - I suspect it was some banging beats instead, but I doubt it was anything as fast as her."

  64. 1636: 

    Great Britain's Dani King is content to sit in amongst the peloton and let Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands take the first sprint in the women's points race.

  65. 1634: 

    Next up is the women's points race: One hundred laps, a total of 25 km. with a sprint on every 10th revolution of the circuit. There are five points on offer for the winner of every sprint with three, two and one on offer for the next three. There is a bumper 20 points on offer for the mammoth task of lapping the main body of the field. There is a total of 17 riders, with Great Britain's Dani King in the mix.

  66. 1630: 

    Back-to-the-wall time now for Becky James. She needs to win both of the remaining gold medal races, at 1715 GMT and 1815 GMT, to take the title.

  67. 1628: 

    The narrowest of margins as Kristina Vogel sneaks the win by a slightly more-inflated tyre. Becky James had gambled as she swooped off the banking just before the bell to shoot up the inside of Vogel for the final lap. The German recovered though and pegged her back with milliseconds to spare.

  68. 1625: 

    James cranking up the pace and makes a move on the bell taking the lead....

  69. 1624: 

    Now Becky James prepares to race for world championship gold for the first time. She is guided to the startline by her Team GB handler and we are ready for the off. James will be chasing for the fist lap at least.

  70. 1622: 

    It was close shoulder-to-shoulder around the final banking, but Lee Wai Sze, on the bottom line, holds her pace and nerve to take the first meeting in the bronze medal race.

  71. 1619: 

    Now the serious business of finals proper. Great Britain's Becky James is about to look into the whites of Kristina Vogel's visor and see what the German has got in the first of three races for the sprint gold medal. First though, losing semi-finalists Guo Shuang and Lee Wai Sze are taking each other on to fill the bottom spot on the podium.

  72. 1616: 

    Russia's Denis Dmitriev has outsmarted the German favourite there, taking the initiative with an early overtake and Levy could not make up the difference.

  73. 1614: 

    Max Levy of Germany is next to take the stage. He will lead out Denis Dmitriev of Russia.

  74. 1612: 

    Jason Kenny could never quite shake Simon Webster off his tail. He lacked the accleration to spit the Kiwi out of his slipstream and Webster finally got his man as he hammered off the final bend.

  75. 1610: 

    Jason Kenny watching his pursuer like a hawk, barely keeping the cranks turning over as he rolls through the two laps to go mark.

  76. 1609: 

    Jason Kenny will lead out with Simon Webster lurking on his shoulder. Webster is New Zealand national champion and a triple world junior champion.

  77. 1608: 

    Slow, cagey, bluff, counter-bluff and double-cross, but Stefan Botticher out-thinks and outmuscles Simon van Velthooven to take the first their sprint quarter-finals. Now Jason Kenny strides to the boards...

  78. 1605: 

    One nil to Francois Pervis as the Frenchman surges through to take the first of the quarter-final races. No room for error from Matthew Glaetzer now. Next up is Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand against Stefan Botticher of Germany.

  79. 1600: 

    Back to the present though and Jason Kenny is on the rollers in the centre of the track ahead of his sprint quarter-final against Sam Webster of New Zealand. The Bolton man is in the third of four heats. First up is France's Francois Pervis, the men relegated from the keirin final that Kenny won yesterday, against Australia's Matthew Glaetzer. Best of three of the cat-and-mouse three laps. Here we go...

  80. 1557: 

    There has been plenty of action already this morning in the Minsk Arena.

    Becky James fuelled the buzz surrounding her performances at the championships as she dispatched London 2012 bronze medallist Guo Shuang with minimum fuss in the sprint semi-finals.

    Laura Trott is a handy fifth overall in the omnium standings after two disciplines - coming third in the flying lap and 10th in the points race.

    Jon Dibben is seventh in the standings for the men's version after a fifth-place finish in the pursuit and victory in the scratch race this morning. Just the time trial to go in that competition.

    Unfortunately Matthew Crampton and team pursuit lead-out man Philip Hindes could not join Jason Kenny in the sprint quarter-finals, coming croppers in the second round repechage and first round respectively.


    While you are at it, why not direct a bit of social media traffic into my sights? #bbccycling is the Twitter hashtag with 81111 the number for messages from UK mobiles.

    Let's start the sweepstake on the number of British golds that will be added to the pile by the end of the day.

    I will open the bidding at just the one, courtesy of Becky James.

  82. 1552: 

    You can try and complete the omnium of BBC outlets by following the action, not only via this live text commentary, but also by climbing aboard the television coverage on BBC Two and online from 1715 GMT, trying a bit of BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1600 GMT and finally on your iPhone or Android smartphone via the BBC Sport app.

  83. 1548:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "I managed to grab a quick word with Simon Yates, Great Britain's newest cycling hero - and probably the least famous - as we got off the bus to the velodrome this morning.

    "You could not meet a more modest and unassuming owner of a rainbow jersey and he was proud to become Bury Clarion Cycling Club's first world champion. Simon's dad John, who is also a keen cyclist, is not out in Minsk, so I hope Simon has told him about his famous victory. As Bury Clarion's secretary Peter Roscoe told me last night: "John does not talk about Simon much because he cannot get the information out of him about what he is up to." All that is likely to change now."

    Chris Bevan's feature on Simon Yates does a cracking job of unravelling some of the enigma. Well worth five minutes of your warm-up time.

  84. 1545: 

    After Simon Yates went from obscurity to world championship glory in the space of 160 laps of yesterday's points race, you would be a mug to miss any of the Great Britain riders today.

    Eyes down and mark your card for these lads and ladies:

    1600 GMT: Men's sprint quarter-finals featuring Jason Kenny begin. Race Two at 1700 GMT and decider at 1810 GMT.

    1615 GMT: Women's sprint final featuring Becky James in gold medal final. Race Two at 1715 GMT and decider at 1815 GMT.

    1625 GMT: Women's points race featuring Dani King.

    1725 GMT: Men's omnium time trial featuring Jon Dibben.

    1845 GMT: Women's omnium elimination race featuring Laura Trott.

  85. 1539: 

    There is plenty of other British cycling royalty in action today. Jason Kenny is in sprint action, Laura Trott continues in the omnium and Dani King takes part in the points race.

    Those three won a hefty five London 2012 gold medals between them and have added another three to the mantelpiece over the past three days. Collectively they probably merit a mention at Rio Tinto's annual general meeting.

  86. 1534: 

    The 21-year-old has already bagged two bronze medals at the world track championships, teaming up with Vicky Williamson in the team sprint before powering in third in the 500m time trial.

    This afternoon could see her take her first trip to the top step of the podium for a crowning gold. She takes on Germany's Kristina Vogel in the final of the women's sprint, with the first of three potential face-offs set for 1615 GMT. And whisper it quietly, but she might well be favourite.

  87. 1530: 

    Queen Victoria. It was an easy headline during Victoria Pendleton's pomp, but since her abdication from cycling last summer the throne has been empty.

    We might just have found a pretender though. Step forward Becky James.

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