Day 5 in Oostende: Colombia confirms its supremacy
500m sprint and 20km elimination races
Colombians let no chances to their challengers in the 500m sprint: once again, Colombia took 100% of the gold medals in the sprint races.
In the Senior ladies
Although only one of the two engaged Colombians had managed to reach the final, Yersi Puello confirmed the title that she won on the track with a time of 44”319. The Vice-World Champion was Manon Kamminga (NED) who brought, at last, its very first medal of the Championships to the Netherlands (nation which had however dominated the European Championship in Almere at the beginning of the summer). Italian Erika Zanetti took the bronze on the road and did better than her 4th place on the track last Sunday.
In the Senior men
Colombians were even stronger than on the track, and than the ladies. Indeed, Sebastian David Arce and Andres Munoz respectively took the Gold and the Silver medals after having raced perfectly their 500M. Arces won in a time of 39”964. Gwendal Le Pivert (FRA) after a quite disappointed start, managed to pass Michel Mulder (NED) at mid-race, and brought a new bronze medal to France.
500m senior men
500m senior women
Long-distance-races: similar podiums for the two first days on the road (with a few exceptions)
In the Junior ladies
Colombians could have done the same as what they had become used to. But the disqualification of one of them, Johana Viveros (who won the the 10K-points/eliminations-race on the track and on the road, and the 10K-eliminations-race on the track), allowed the fourth one crossing the line, Darian O’Neil (who trains in Colombia!), to win its second medal of the Championship. The champion of the race was Fabriana Arias (33’25”334) and local Sandrine Tas became Vice World Champion after her bronze medal obtained the night before on the 10K-points/eliminations-race. Johana Viveros was disqualified for keeping changing lines in the last 300 meters, not only in order to prevent her opponents to pass her, but also to let her compatriot escape from the four other girls present in the final sprint.
In the Junior men
It seemed so easy for the Colombians! Boris Pena and Alfonso Cujavantes won again the eliminations race, as on the track, but switched their places. While Alfonso had won on the track, it was Boris Pena’s turn to win on the road. There are no doubts, Junior Colombians are really strong. Italian Daniel Niero managed to snare the bronze. We must not forget New-Zealander Ollie Jones who finished 10th after a real bad crash on his belly right after the arrival line.
In the Senior ladies
Francesca Lollobrigida (ITA) took her third title of the Championship after an amazing sprint against Guo Dan (CHI) who, for the fourth time within a week, missed the gold for nothing. The third one was Cindy Cortez (VEN).
In the Senior men
Bart Swings was not on the starting line. Many skaters were willing to reach the Holy Grail. That 20K eliminations-race was one of the last chances to win a gold medal for those who had not got the opportunity to win so far. Ewen Fernandez (FRA) made an absolutely tremendous race. He almost led all of it and never stopped protecting his leader, Alexis Contin (FRA). One lap from the arrival line, fabulous Ewen Fernandez launched the final sprint for his compatriot who, after a bit of confusions in the last 300 meters, crossed the line in first position, shouting out his joy. But just a few seconds later, while the new winner was being interviewed by French national TV (which had made the trip to Oostende and which is rare enough to be mentioned), the referees started saying “unofficial result- unofficial result”. And indeed, Italians decided to contest the result considering that Alexis Contin had hampered Francolini’s sprint. After a very long wait, while the public had already left, Contin was officially declared to be the new World Champion. Lorenzo Cassioli took the Silver medal, just before Fabio Francolini.
Main results of the 20K-elimination-races
|4||Agudelo Jaramillo Luisa Maria||COL||00:32:47,585|
|2||Cujavante Luna Alex Alfonso||COL||00:30:24,734|
|1||Arias Perez Fabriana||COL||00:33:25,334|
Results of 500m road finals for senior men and women
results of 20km elimination senior men on the road
results of 20km elimination junior men on the road
results of 20km elimination senior women on the road
results of 20km elimination junior women on the road
Senior men 500m road semifinals
Senior ladies 500m road semifinals
senior men qualified for the final of the 20km elimination race
senior men skaters qualified for the semi-finals of the 500m road
500m road quarterfinals for senior women
1/8 finals of 500m road for senior women
500m quarterfinals on the road for senior men
1/8 finals of 500m road for senior men
heats of 500m road for senior men
Photos : Oostende2013 and mediaskates.com