Fri, Apr 06, 2012 - Page 18 News List

Three world records shatter at Worlds meet

AP, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Britain’s women’s team pursuit squad of Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Roswell speed to a world record in a qualifying session yesterday at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Photo: EPA

Defending champion Anna Meares of Australia set the first of three world records in qualifying on the second day of the Track Cycling World Championships yesterday.

Meares’ time of 10.782 seconds in the flying 200m at the Hisense Arena easily eclipsed the old mark of 10.793 set by Lithuania’s Simona Krupeckaite in Moscow in 2010.

The flying 200m is part of the qualification for the women’s sprint, which was scheduled to continue later yesterday.

The women’s team pursuit world record was broken twice in qualifying.

The Australian women’s team pursuit squad of Josephine Tomic, Melissa Hoskins and Annette Edmondson broke the second record of the day with a time of 3 minutes, 17.053 seconds to better the mark of 3:18.148 set by Britain at February’s track world cup in London.

Britain’s Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell then clocked 3:16.850 to regain the record and finish fastest in qualifying.

“That doesn’t mean the final will go the same way,” Britain’s head coach Shane Sutton said after the British trio’s time shaved more than two-tenths of a second off the Australians’ qualifying mark.

Britain was scheduled to ride against Australia later yesterday for the title, while Canada and New Zealand decide third place.

World records have now been set in four events at the meet after Britain broke the men’s team pursuit mark and Germany twice set fresh records for the women’s team sprint on the opening day.

TOUR OF BASQUE COUNTRY

AP, EIBAR, SPAIN

Spanish rider Samuel Sanchez won the third stage of the Tour of Basque Country on Wednesday to take the overall lead halfway through the 52nd edition of the race.

The Olympic champion finished the 164km mountainous leg in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 15 seconds after a cunning attack near the end.

Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez and US cyclist Christopher Horner finished second and third respectively in the same time.

Bauke Molleman of the Netherlands and Damiano Cunego of Italy were among a group of 17 cyclists who finished 12 seconds behind.

Spanish cyclist Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar had led after the first two stages, but finished more than 16 minutes behind.

Sanchez, of Euskaltel-Euskadi, shares a time of 12:06.06 with Horner and Rodriguez in the overall standings, but is ranked first based on stage placings.

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