The fourth day of the track world championships in Apeldoorn resulted in world titles for riders from three continents. Szymon Sajnok (Poland) took gold in the men’s omnium, the British duo Katie Archibald/Emily Nelson dominated the madison, Germany’s Miriam Welte was the fastest over 500m and Australian Matthew Glaetzer won the sprint tournament.
The Dutch team played a prominent role in front of a sold out Omnisport on the penultimate day of the tournament. The added four medals to their tally and top the medal table.
The first world title of the day to be contested was the women’s 500m. Miriam Welte won her second world title in Apeldoorn, after riding to gold in the team sprint on Wednesday. Daria Shmeleva (Russia) and Elis Ligtlee from the Netherlands joined her on the podium.
The British madison team of Katie Archibald-Emily Nelson dominated the race. The Dutch team of Kirsten Wild/Amy Pieters had to settle for silver. Paternoster/ Confalonieri won the bronze medal for Italy.
Chloe Dygert took home the individual pursuit gold. The American rider was nothing short of impressive. On the Omnisport track she set a new world record in both the qualifying and final round. Annemiek van Vleuten took the silver medal at her first track championships. Kelly Catlin (USA) completed the podium.
Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) finally took his first individual sprint world title after being close for many years. He beat Jack Carlin (Great Britain) in two heats. Carlin rode a tactical race but there was nothing to do against the pure force the Australian brought to the game. European Champion Sébastien Vigier of France won the final for bronze against Maximilian Levy (Germany).
The omnium turned out to be a fascinating fight between Szymon Sajnok of Poland, home rider Jan Willem van Schip and Italian Simone Consonni. Sajnok finally took the overall win in an exciting points race ahead of Van Schip and Consonni.
The Netherlands added three silver and one bronze medal to their total. They top the medal table ahead of the final day of the 2018 Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn.