Modern greats Vogel and Meyer further their legacy at World Championships
02 March 2018
We often boast of having the best riders in the world at Six Day Series events – and Friday’s action at the World Championships showed we’re not lying as Cameron Meyer won his ninth title while Kristina Vogel won a remarkable 11th.
Meyer put on another dominant points race display to defend the title he won last year in Hong Kong, while Vogel won her second gold medal of the week as she was pushed all the way but came out on top in the sprint.
That gold puts Vogel – our inaugural Six Day Berlin women’s sprint champion – level with the legendary Anna Meares on 11 world titles. No woman has won more.
The German has the opportunity to get a 12th on Sunday when she races the keirin but for now she is keeping score, she is just celebrating and resting.
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“At the moment, or today anyway, I’m not counting,” said the 27-year-old.
“It was very hard tournament and it took me three races to get the gold – today I needed everything to make it to the finish line.
“Tomorrow I’m counting, today I’m just proud to win this gold.
“Stephanie [Morton, silver medallist] is hard. She’s in really good shape so I knew before that it was going to make it a tough race in the gold final.
“I had a mistake in the second race and sometimes there is a point of no return.
“But the end is the end, and that wasn’t the end – you need two to win so after the second one I was just like ‘oh my God, I have to go’.
“I had to concentrate and remember what I could and couldn’t do, and then it worked again.
“It could be three golds this week but I have two gold medals so I’m already really proud. So now I have two and I am just happy to have a rest day on Saturday and recharge the batteries, have a coffee with my friends and my family.
“And then go again on Sunday, full gas.”
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Somehow Meyer played second fiddle to Vogel, despite the Aussie winning a ninth world title and fifth in the points race.
His performance to win last year’s race saw Kenny de Ketele call him an alien and claim that his silver made him the winner of the ‘normal people’.
And although Meyer was not quite as dominant this time, he still took two laps on the field and won five other sprints – as well as picking up a second and third in two others – to see him home by 18 points.
And it was a strong Six Day Series showing with Mark Stewart picking up the bronze while Cheung King Lok was fourth and de Ketele fifth.
Kirsten Wild then made it a hat-trick of Six Day gold medals on the night as she capped a dominant performance with a second win of the week – this time in the omnium.
A win in the opening scratch race saw her into the lead, a position she would not relinquish all day – despite coming under pressure at points from Britain’s Elinor Barker, who eventually finished sixth, and Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen.
The Dane came second in the end, with Six Day Berlin champion Laurie Berthon 13th, Ana Usabiaga 16th, Lydia Boylan 17th and Allison Beveridge failing to finish after a nasty crash in the elimination race.
Saturday’s racing sees medals on offer in the women’s 500m time trial – with Miriam Welte a potential medallist there – the men’s omnium, where Benjamin Thomas will defend his title, and the women’s individual pursuit.
But the star of the show will be the women’s Madison, where Barker will team up with Katie Archibald to show the Apeldoorn crowd what their London counterparts missed out on following illness for the former last October.
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