Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 1, 2007)—Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) placed fifth in women’s keirin on Sunday to give the U.S. Cycling Team its best finish on the closing day of the 2007 UCI Track World Championships, while recent women’s pursuit champion Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./Ouch Pro Cycling) placed 14th in the 25-kilometer points race.
Reed sailed through her first two qualifying heats to earn a spot in the six-woman final, but was at a disadvantage after drawing the sixth seed in an all-star pool of women’s sprinters. In the final, Reed faced world sprint champion Victoria Pendleton (GBR), Olympic gold medalist and 500-meter time trial world record holder Anna Meares (AUS), UCI World Cup keirin champion Shuang Guo (CHN), defending World Champion Christin Muche (GER) and Anna Blyth (GBR).
Earlier in the day, Reed advanced to the second round after placing second to Meares in a preliminary heat that also included Miriam Welte (NED), Swetlana Grankowskaja (RUS) and Annalisa Cucinotta (ITA). In the second round, Reed placed third behind Pendleton and Shuang to eliminate Oksana Grishina (RUS), Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) and Willy Kanis (NED) from contention and proceed to the finals.
In the finals, Reed drew the sixth start position but regained a slight edge when Muche was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct in the first lap of the eight-lap race. After a re-start and still seeded last, Reed made her way to the front of the field with two-and-a-half laps remaining, but was eventually overtaken by the rest of the field before the final surge to the line.
“I knew going into the final that you have six of the best in the world, so you can’t make too much of a plan,” explained Reed afterwards. “It’s hard when you draw fifth. I was last and it’s hard when you have everyone strong in front of you. I made the best of it. I gave it a go and that was the result.”
At the line, Pendleton collected her second rainbow jersey in two days followed by Guo and Meares.
Entering Sunday’s competition, the U.S. was well positioned to collect its third medal of the weekend with both Reed and Hammer in action, but like Reed, Hammer’s efforts also fell short.
Hammer accumulated only two points in the 100-lap points race to finish in the bottom half of the leaderboard despite entering the event as one of the pre-race favorites. The two-time individual pursuit champion notched her points by placing third in the fourth intermediate sprint of the contest.
Early in the race, the foursome of Katherine Bates (AUS), Mie Bekker-Lacota (DEN), Catherine Cheatley (NZL) and Belem Guerrero Mendez (MEX) made what turned out to be the decisive move as they lapped the field to score 20 points. With 26 laps remaining, Hammer initiated an attack in an attempt to score some additional points, but the field kept her in check and forced Hammer to settle for 14th place.
“I just didn’t have it today,” said Hammer.
Bates won the title with 35 points ahead of silver medalist Bekker-Lacota (29) and Cheatley (27).
The U.S. finished the event tied for fifth in the overall medal standings with two – Hammer’s gold and the bronze won by Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.) in Thursday’s omnium. Great Britain dominated the event with 11 medals – seven of them gold – while Australia and the Netherlands won six apiece.
“We’re continuing to take positive steps forward,” said Pat McDonough, USA Cycling Director of Athletics. “Our plan was to come here with a small but competitive team, and we did just that. We won two medals, were relegated out of one and made the keirin finals. Of the small group that was here, we had some extremely competitive performances. It’s only a matter of time until we become a greater threat on a more consistent basis.”
2007 UCI Track World Championships
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
March 29-April 1
Final American Results
1. Victoria Pendleton (GBR)
2. Shuang Guo (CHN)
3. Anna Meares (AUS)
4. Anna Blyth (GBR)
5. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.)
Women’s 25-Kilometer Points Race
1. Katherine Bates (AUS) 35
2. Mie Bekker Lacota (DEN) 29
3. Catherine Cheatley (NZL) 27
14. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) 2
Women’s 10-Kilometer Scratch Race
1. Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (CUB)
2. Maria Luisa Calle Williams (COL)
3. Adrie Visser (NED)
REL. Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.)
Women’s 3-Kilometer Individual Pursuit
1. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) 3:30.213
2. Rebecca Romero (GBR) 3:33.409
3. Katie Mactier (AUS) 3:36.306
4. Wendy Houvenhagel (GBR) 3:37.406
24. Neva Day (USA) 3:50.997
1. Victoria Pendleton (GBR)
2. Shuang Gou (CHN)
3. Anna Meares (AUS)
15. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.)
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A Gutsy performance from both sides