It was double gold for Six Day Series riders on day three in Hong Kong as Katie Archibald won her first individual World Championship gold medal, while Australia’s Cameron Meyer won his fourth.
Archibald, dominant in taking the Six Day London crown before finishing second in both Berlin and Mallorca, demonstrated her ever-increasing prowess in bunch racing by taking both the scratch and tempo races.
She went on to finish fifth in the elimination race, meaning she was tied on points with Australia’s Amy Cure heading into the decisive points race.
The Scot finished fourth in that but it was still enough to take gold, sealing it with a monstrous sprint to pip Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild and Cure on the line.
"I feel really privileged to pull it off," said 23-year-old Archibald. "It was an unbelievably grippy race, I really thought I'd lost it in the middle point but I pulled it out of the bag.
"It feels very strange, I'm used to having my girls, my team-mates, around me it's odd to celebrate by yourself but I'm looking forward to catching up with them at the hotel."
Waaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh— Katie Archibald (@_katiearchibald) April 14, 2017
Further down the standings were Archibald’s fellow Six Day Series riders Alzbeta Pavlendova, who took 13th for Slovakia, while Jarmila Machacova was 19th for the Czech Republic and German’s Tatjana Paller in 20th.
Canada’s Stephanie Roorda failed to finish the elimination race after having nowhere to go and piling into the back of a crash, suffering a suspected broken collarbone.
Meyer fared better in his event, though, destroying the field in the points race to nearly double the score of his closest rival Kenny de Ketele - Six Day Series champion alongside Moreno de Pauw.
The 29-year-old, continuing the form that saw him win the Aussie national points race just last month, racked up a remarkable 76 points after taking top honours in five sprints and taking two laps on the field.
“It was definitely special, and to back up after last night’s win with the guys in the team pursuit, makes it a great championships so far,” said the now eight-time track world champion.
“I’ve still got one more race [Madison] on Sunday, so hopefully the legs can hold up for one more, but I can’t be any happier than I am now.”
Something special did happen last night. World Team Pursuit Champions 2017. pic.twitter.com/LAhitt24fV— Cameron Meyer (@cammeyercyclist) April 13, 2017
De Ketele was a distant second, and had to fight for the silver medal ahead of Poland’s Wojciech Pszczolarski – with both men finishing on 40 but the Belgian getting second after winning the final sprint with an audacious attack.
Elsewhere New Zealand’s Regan Gough finished fifth, one place ahead of France’s Morgan Kneisky with Britain’s Mark Stewart – winner of the 1878 Cup and Six Day London 2015 – seventh.
Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof made it six Six Day Series riders in the top ten with his eighth-place finish, while Andreas Graf finished 12th for Austria.
Six Day riders did not go so well in the men’s individual pursuit, though, with Britain’s Matt Bostock the best placed in 13th, one ahead of fellow Brit Andy Tennant.
But there was better news in the early rounds of the individual sprint, though, with Six Day London 2015 sprinters winner Denis Dmitriev posted the fastest qualifying time with an average speed of 74.650kmh.
That meant he went straight into the round of 16, and the big Russian promptly booked his place in Saturday’s quarter-finals with a straight forward win over Australia’s Patrick Constable – winning by 0.632s.
The action continues on Saturday with the conclusion of the men’s sprint, the men’s omnium, women’s individual pursuit, women’s Madison and 500m time trial.