Track World Championship: Welte misses medal

Melbourne - Team Sprint World Champion Miriam Welte missed a second medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne. The 25-year-old from Kaiserslautern had to defeat in the quarter-finals in two rounds of the Lithuanian ex-world record holder Simona Krupeckaite. In the race for the places five to eight Welte then Second and finished the sixth overall place.

Melbourne - Team Sprint World Champion Miriam Welte missed a second medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne. The 25-year-old from Kaiserslautern had to defeat in the quarter-finals in two rounds of the Lithuanian ex-world record holder Simona Krupeckaite. In the race for the places five to eight Welte then Second and finished the sixth overall place.

"I'm not disappointed at all. I raced here to avoid retiring in the first round as it has always been for the last few years. Yesterday I said, all that's coming is addition. Therefore, I am happy to have been in the quarter-finals, "said Welte, who had prevailed in the first round against the Japanese Kayono Maeda and in the second round against the French Sandie Clair.

Kristina Vogel (Erfurt), who surprisingly won gold in world record time on Wednesday with Welte, failed in the run-up to Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela). "It was just a few inches missing, that's very painful, " Vogel said.

In qualifying, the Australian Anna Meares had set another world record. The 28-year-old finished the 200 m flying start in 10.782 seconds, eleven thousandths faster than Krupeckaite in 2010 in Moscow. Welte finished third in 11.033 seconds and thus personal best time: "I did not expect that to happen, it's super good." Vogel (Erfurt) finished in sixth place (11, 078). Welte sat in the knockout round against the French Sandie Clair

In the 3000 m team pursuit, the German women, with Charlotte Becker (Becker), Lisa Brennauer (Durach) and Madeleine Sandig (Sandig) came in eighth place in 3: 24.145 minutes and finally secured the qualification for the third best European team London Olympics. "I do not think time is that bad, but if you see that the world record is here, we're already a bit behind, " said Brennauer.

Gold secured Britain, which clearly undercut its qualifying world record (3: 16.850) in 3: 15.720 minutes. Silver went to host Australia, who had set the first world record of the day (3: 17.053) minutes before the British.

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