U.S. Masters close track world's with 18 medals

SYDNEY, Australia (October 20, 2008)—American master athletes closed out the 2008 UCI Master Track World Championships with a total of 18 medals, winning an additional six over the weekend in the event’s final six sessions.
Led by Lawrence Nolan (Fremont, Calif./Specialized) and Annette Williams (Kenmore, Wash./Avanti Racing Club), who each added a pair of golds to their personal medal count over the weekend, the U.S. squad finished with a total of 10 gold medals, six silver and two bronze.
On Saturday, Nolan claimed the world title in the men’s 50-54 match sprint, winning two out of three head-to-head rides over Great Britain’s Steve Cronshaw in the finals. The following day Nolan followed up that performance with his fourth gold medal of the week, winning the points race over Colombia’s Bernardo Figueroa. Earlier in the week, Nolan also captured rainbow jerseys in the individual pursuit and scratch race. With four gold medals, Nolan led the U.S. contingent with the most victories.
Meanwhile, Williams led the U.S. team in the overall medal count with five. Over the weekend Williams won both the women’s 45-49 match sprint and the points race. In the sprint, she swept Australia’s Julie Barnett in two straight rides to earn her second world championship. She then added a third on Sunday with a victory in the points race with a total of 16 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Petra Kluender of Germany, who scored five. Earlier in the week, Williams also claimed medals in the individual pursuit (gold), 500-meter time trial (silver) and scratch race (bronze).
Anton Quist (Arlington, Va./Revolution) and Mark Rodamaker (Los Altos, Calif./Webcor-Alto Velo) claimed the other two medals for the U.S. over the weekend, each winning silver in their respective match sprints. Quist finished second behind Michael Aisbitt of Australia in the men’s 40-44 category, while Rodamaker was second to Australia’s Ron Boyle in the men’s 60-64 class. For Quist and Rodamaker, Saturday’s performances yielded their second medals of the championships. Quist also won a silver in the 750-meter time trial, while Rodamaker also claimed a gold medal in the scratch race.
Finishing just shy of the podium on Saturday were the U.S.’ Andrew LaCorte (Plainview, N.Y.) and Dena Eaton (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Both athletes qualified for the bronze medal match in their respective match sprint fields, but ultimately finished fourth overall.
2008 UCI Masters Track World Championships
U.S. Medalists:
Gold – Lawrence Nolan, men’s 50-54 match sprint
Gold – Lawrence Nolan, men’s 50-54 points race
Gold – Lawrence Nolan, men’s 50-54 scratch race
Gold – Lawrence Nolan, men’s 50-54 individual pursuit
Gold – Annette Williams, women’s 45-49 individual pursuit
Gold – Annette Williams, women’s 45-49 points race
Gold – Annette Williams, women’s 45-49 match sprint
Gold – Mark Rodamaker, men’s 60-64 scratch race
Gold – Bert Glennon, men’s 45-49 scratch race
Gold – Chip Berezny, men’s 55-59 scratch race
Silver – Annette Williams, women’s 45-49 500-meter time trial
Silver – Anton Quist, men’s 40-44 750-meter time trial
Silver – Anton Quist, men’s 40-44 match sprint
Silver – Mark Rodamaker, men’s 60-64 match sprint
Silver – Randy McLain, men’s 30-34 scratch race
Silver – James Host, men’s 50-54 individual pursuit
Bronze – Annette Williams, women’s 45-49 scratch race
Bronze – Reid Schwartz, men’s 60-64 500-meter time trial
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