Ballerup, Denmark (February 16, 2008)—After earning her first career World Cup medal on Friday, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich.) added a second bronze medal to her collection on Saturday with a third-place finish in the women’s 20-kilometer points race. As the fourth and final round of the 2007-08 UCI Track World Cup Classics continued, Cliff-Ryan was the only U.S. medalist on the second day of competition.
Cliff-Ryan was one of six riders to lap the main field – a move that earned her 20 points – before finishing with 22 points. Wong Wan Yiu (HKG) claimed the gold medal with 27 points and Denmark’s Trine Schmidt was second with 23 points.
After tying for third with Anastasiay Chilkova (RUS) in the scratch race on Friday, Cliff-Ryan’s second bronze medal of the weekend came on the heels of another close finish. Her 22 points equaled the amount scored by Elke Gebhart (GER), but a higher placing in the final sprint gave the American the advantage.
Cliff-Ryan scored an additional two points with a third-place finish in the race’s third intermediate sprint.
Other American performances in the women’s points race came from Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.), who placed 10th with eight points and Kele Murdin (Kenmore, Wash.) who scored three points to finish 15th.
Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Shelley Olds (Saratoga, Calif.) and Christen King (Huntington Beach, Calif.) competed in the preliminary rounds of the points race, but did not qualify for the finals.
With three bronze medals already to its credit, the U.S. contingent will conclude the Copenhagen World Cup on Sunday. Scheduled to compete are Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) in the women’s keirin.
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