U.S. masters claim 12 medals through four days of track world's
SYDNEY, Australia (October 17, 2008)—Through ten sessions of the 2008 UCI Masters Track World Championships, Americans have so far come away with 12 medals – six gold, four silver and two bronze – courtesy of nine athletes.
Of the nine medalists thus far, Annette Williams (Kenmore, Wash./Avanti Racing Club) is responsible for a quarter of the U.S. medal count, winning gold, silver and bronze in three events. Williams won gold in the women’s 45-49 2000-meter individual pursuit, clocking a time of 2 minutes, 39.457 seconds to best silver medalist Jacqueline Dearlove (NZL). Williams complemented her gold-medal performance in the pursuit with a silver medal in the 500-meter time trial with a mark of 39.278 seconds and a bronze medal in the scratch race.
Lawrence Nolan (Fremont, Calif./Specialized) joins Williams as a multiple medalist with two golds to his credit thus far. Nolan led a one-two finish for the U.S. squad with a victory in the men’s 50-54 2000-meter individual pursuit over teammate James Host (Plainfield, Ill./Pact-Dish Network). In the all-American final, Nolan clocked a winning time of 2:20.119 while Host recorded a 2:23.855 to claim the silver medal. Nolan also captured a world championship in the men’s 50-54 scratch race – an event which yielded six medals for the U.S. squad.
Joining Williams and Nolan as scratch race medalists were Bert Glennon (Simi Valley, Calif./BGM Sports), Chip Berezny (Easton, Pa./Lehigh Wheelmen), Mark Rodamaker (Los Altos, Calif./Webcor-Alto Velo) and Randy McLain (Boulder, Colo./Hammer Racing). Glennon, Berezny and Rodamaker won gold medals in the men’s 45-49, 55-59 and 60-64 contests respectively while McLain took the silver medal in the men’s 30-34 race.
Another silver-medal performance came from Anton Quist (Arlington, Va./Evolution) in the men’s 40-44 750-meter time trial. Quist turned in a time of 49.932 seconds to finish just off the pace of gold medalist Michael Aisbitt (AUS) who recorded a winning mark of 49.550.
In the men’s 60-64 500-meter time trial, Reid Schwartz (Chicago, Ill./U.S. Express) added a bronze to the U.S. medal count, clocking a 37.662 to finish behind world champion Ron Boyle (AUS) and Jim Veal (AUS).
Other notable performances throughout the first four days included near misses in the individual pursuit by McLain, Berezny, Dena Eaton (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Patrica Powers (Kintnersville, Pa./Lymphedivas). All four athletes qualified for the bronze-medal match in their respective pursuits, but came up just short of the medal stand with fourth-place overall finishes.
The 2008 UCI Masters Track World Championships run through Sunday in Sydney.
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