World Track Masters : Portugal
Silver for Aideen Collard in pursuit
Irelands representatives at the World Track Masters C/ship are certainly making their mark with A silver notched up by Aideen Collard in the pursuit (35-39) while Orla Hendron(45-49) is in the Bronze ride off later today in her category. Aideen rode brilliiantly and came form being down at the halfway point to finishing strongly with a sprint for the last 2 laps beating the South African comfortably by 1.3 seconds.
Orla rode strongly but had a very slow opponent and was forced to pass her in the bend. Despite this she recovered to finish well and it should be a very exciting final tonight. Irelands other competitor Simon Coughlan rides in the (35-39) category pursuit later tonight also while Terry Cromer (55-59) following his 500m yesterday will ride the men's scratch race tomorrow.
Pursuit 2K Womens Final 35-39
1st Dena Eaton USA 2.39.024
2nd Aideen Collard Irl 2.49.64
3rd Amanda Wray South Africa 2.50.957
Pursuit 2K Womens Qualfying 45-49
1 Claire Newland GB 2.35.523
2 Jane Paine GB 2.39.263
3 Makiko Hamada Japan 2.45.440
4 Orla Hendron 2.45.725
5 Emi Wachi Japan 2.51.991
6 Elizabeth Clayton 2.52.505
7 Bernadette Leinenweber France 2.52.505
Newland V Paine for Gold/DSilver
Hamada V Hendron for Bronze
Disappointment for Terry Cromer in the 500m TT
Technical difficulties played their part in this competition when one of the starting gates malfuctioned and the gate on the back straight was dumped so there were only starts from the home straight. A canadian rider put in a complaint and it was found all riders on this gate were slow by approx 1 second on their European or last years times. Riders on the home straight were nearly all within 0.1second of their last years times. At this point it was discovered the gate was not opening on the gun and was retired. Unfortunately Terry got this gate and despite pausing after the gun still got a grab. At least he didn't get like most of the rest either dumped on the ground or stuck and it wouldn't open. There were 3 failures before him and he had to wait on the ramp for over 10 minutes before his start. So much for a warmup and focus. Terry felt his ride seemed a lot faster than the Europeans with the broken wrist start and yet was .5 of a second slower. He placed 7th and was disappointed not to have done a PB but realised that realistically he would have been just outside the medals even without the malfunctioning gate. His next targetted event will be the Sprint on Friday but will ride the scratch race tomorrow as a warm up.