The 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships opened in St-Quentin-en-Yveline, France, on Wednesday with a world record time set, plus a win for the host nation. Stephanie Pohl of Germany won the first world title of these Championships in the Women's Points Race, while China took the Women's Team Sprint title in world record time.
Pohl was the dominant rider of the Points Race, taking a lap on the field and winning two intermediate sprints for a total of 38 points. Japan's Minami Uwano finished second with 28 points and Kimberly Geist of the United States won the bronze medal with 25 points.
Pohl, who finished second at last year's world championships, said "I felt really good, much better than last year. I was able to get a lap and then made sure no one else got away. This year my family is here and I am so happy to win for them."
China is a perennial favourite in the Team Sprint, winning four silver and two bronze medals in the past eight years, but this year was the one where they finally took gold. After qualifying second to European champions Russia, the Chinese team of Jinjie Gong and Tianshi Zhong put together a world record run in the gold medal final, knocking 0.119 seconds off the time of defending champion Germany. Australia took the bronze medal ahead of Germany.
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