Britain endure tough day in Astana

Fri, 04 Nov 17:46:00 2011

Great Britain missed out on medals in both the men's and women's team sprint at the track cycling World Cup in Kazakhstan.

Jess Varnish Britain - 0

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy was rested from the men's team and in his absence Jason Kelly, Ross Edgar and 41-year old Jason Queally, an Olympic individual pursuit champion 11 years ago, could only place a distant seventh.

Olympic sprint champion Victoria Pendleton didn't travel to Astana, with Great Britain represented by Becky James and Jess Varnish in the women's event.

They ranked third in qualifying but were beaten narrowly by Germany in the bronze medal race as Australia, looking dangerous ahead of London Olympics, beat the Ukraine to take gold.

Varnish also missed out on a medal in the 500m time trial but underlined her good form with a personal best 34.293 seconds while Ed Clancy, recently crowned the European Omnium champion, lies seventh overall after three events, which included a first place in the flying lap.

RESULTS:

Men's Scratch

Gold: Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel); Silver: Angel Dario Colla (Arg); Bronze: Niklas Arndt (Ger)

Men's Team Sprint

Gold: Team Erdgas (Ger) 43.474; Silver: Jayco (Aus) 43.661; Bronze: France 43.757

Men's Team Pursuit

Gold: Rusvelo (Rus) 3:56.127; Silver: Australia 4:01.417; Bronze: Netherlands 4:04.038

Women's Team Sprint

Gold: Australia 32.938; Silver: Ukraine 33.313; Bronze: Germany 33.388

Women's Team Pursuit

Gold: Netherlands 3:23.539; Silver: China 3:25.209; Bronze: Germany 3:25.229

Women's 500 m TT

Gold: Olga Panarina (Blr) 33.472; Silver: Sandie Clair (Fra) 33.950; Bronze: Miriam Welte (Ger)

Women's Points

Gold: Ahreum Na (SK); Silver: Stephanie Pohl (Ger); Bronze: Elena Cecchini (Ita)

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