2017 World Championships silver medallist Stephanie Morton motored into the final four in the women's sprint, and Callum Scotson opened the Australian Cycling Team’s medal account with bronze in a fast and furious men’s scratch race, on day two at the 2018 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
2017 World Championships silver medallist Stephanie Morton motored into the final four and into championship contention with an authoritative opening to her women’s sprint campaign.
For the third straight World Championships, South Australia’s Morton topped the women’s sprint qualifying. Her scorching time of 10.645secs was just two-hundredths outside her personal best (10.632) set at the UCI Track World Cup in Poland in November.
As fastest qualifier, Morton was excused from the round 1/16 match ups, however she quickly accounted for Liubov Basova (UKR) in the round 1/8, before a measured and controlled quarterfinal victory over the experienced Simona Krupeckaite (UKR), a five-time sprint world championships medallist.
It has been a stellar 2017/18 season for the twenty-seven-year-old Morton with dual UCI World Cup medals in November, triple Oceania and National titles.
In five weeks time, Morton will line up to defend her Commonwealth Games sprint crown at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
Morton will face Hong Kong’s 2017 bronze medallist Wai Sze Lee in the semi finals on Friday (Saturday AEDT).
Men’s Scratch Race
Adelaide’s Callum Scotson opened Australia’s medal account with bronze in a fast and furious men’s scratch race.
“Feels really great (to win bronze), coming here it has been the Madison we have been focusing on,” Scotson said after claiming his first individual World Championships medal. “Cam (Meyer) and I want to try and improve on silver in 2017, so for me to come here in this event, after a good ride in the scratch at the World Cup earlier in the season, I am pretty stoked to find myself on the podium.”
Scotson formed a trio of riders who lead an auspicious attack at the midway point of the 60-lap race with Italy’s Michele Scartezzini and Yauheni Karaliok from the Belarus, with the trio taking a lap on the field with twenty laps remaining.
With the punishing 55-kilometre per hour pace taking its toll, and the podium all but decided inside the final ten laps, it was Karaliok who had the legs to take gold, with Scartezzini taking silver and Scotson bronze.
“It was certainly hard one tactically and physically,” said Scotson. “It was certainly hard just getting there (the lap), I had good legs in the breakaway and we worked hard to get to the back of the bunch.
“But winner played it right, I got stuck and bit back towards the final run and caught a bit wide.
“It is a really good start and gives me good confidence heading into the Madison on Sunday. We (Cam and I) have put a lot of effort into this, it has been two years building to this now, we are pretty hungry.”
South Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer finished seventh in the men’s keirin won by Colombia’s Fabian Puertas.
A storming victory in the first round saw the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist move straight through to the second round. However, Glaetzer was pushed into fourth place in the second round, and out of the final, by Puertas and eventual bronze medallist Maximilian Levy.
In the race for 7th – 12th places, Glaetzer showed his strength with a powerful surge to the line to take seventh overall.
Glaetzer will be back on the track on day three in the men’s sprint.