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UCI Juniors Track World Champs: Shmeleva crushed the competition again par ucichannel
Russian sprinter Daria Shmeleva finished the UCI Juniors Track World Championships as she started, with a world record at Invercargill, New Zealand Sunday. She claimed her fourth gold medal of the Championships in winning the women’s 500m time trial in 34.753s, which broke the world record she set at the recent Juniors European Championships by one second. This followed her gold medal performances in the keirin, sprint and team sprint with Lidia Pluzhnikova, who finished second in the time trial.
Shmeleva finished with one more gold medal than the three to outstanding Australian prospect Taylah Jennings who won all six disciplines on the way to winning the omnium along with the team pursuit and points race.
Australia finished on top of the medal table with 16 medals including nine gold medals. They won two on the final day with Jacob Schmid adding the keirin title to the sprint gold medal earlier in the Championships. He outclassed compatriot Emerson Harwood in the final with Jakub Vyvoda (CZE) in third.
The other Australian victory went to Kelsey Robson who blitzed her way around the track to win the women’s individual pursuit. Great Britain’s Elinor Barker was more than two seconds back in second with Australia’s Georgia Baker third.
The 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships wound up with a brilliant performance from the Colombian pairing of Fernando Gaviria Rendon, Jordan Parras Arias who withstood a fierce and exciting men’s Madison, winning the gold medal from Belgium and a gallant New Zealand with Dylan Kennett recovering from a heavy crash to pick up his fourth medal.