South Africa’s master track cyclists continued their nation’s medal count when they added one gold and two bronze medals to an earlier silver and bronze medal in Manchester last night (Wednesday 10 October) at the 18th UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships.
Participating in the Sprint discipline, Vanderbijlpark’s Annerine Wenhold raced to victory to claim a gold medal in the Women’s 35-39 category, whilst Elisa Gianchino, also in the Women’s 35-39 category, claimed bronze, as did Morne van Greuning in the Men’s corresponding class.
A mother of three children aged nine, six and four, Wenhold is no stranger to racing on the world stage, having competed in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships where she secured a total of four gold medals in the individual sprint and 500m TT events, and a bronze medal in the pursuit.
Wenhold competed in the Elite category at the local nationals from 2006 to 2011, and represented South Africa at the Beijing World Cup in 2010.
With a gold medal secured in the Sprint, Wenhold also had her eyes on the prize in Monday’s 500m TT. “But the legs were unfortunately not yet there on the day, so I am blessed with the silver!” said Wenhold.
Gianchino’s performance on Monday also earned her a bronze medal in the 500m TT.
Last night’s Sprint race was down to the wire. “Well, with the match sprint you really get value for your money as we first do a qualifier and then for our competition we race another (at least) six 750m sprints to secure a medal. Our qualifier was yesterday morning and then all those races were in the evening. It was a busy and long evening,” continues Wenhold.
“I was aiming for the 200m world record but unfortunately missed that by less than 0.1 second. But having set a fast time I had a 0.8 second split over the second fastest lady, which translates to a distance of 13m difference over the 200m, so I used the racing opportunity to practice different tactics with the assistance of my coach Lee Povey. It was a relief to get the gold!”
Wenhold is proud of her teammates and their achievements. “The competition is tough and none of the medals come easily. Well done to Morne and Elisa on their respective bronzes last night. Most of the SA team members are also racing today in either points or scratch races, so we are in for exciting racing again tonight.”
Wenhold also enjoys the dynamics of the Team Sprint, which she will be racing with Elisa on Sunday.
Summary of Results – 2012 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships
Women's 35-39 TT – Final Results
Mon 8 October 2012 – Race Distance: 2 laps (500m)
- Gold – Alison Chisholm (GBR) 37.876
- Silver – Annerine Wenhold (RSA) 38.163
- Bronze – Elisa Gianchino (RSA) 38.940
Women's 35-39 Sprint – Final Results
Wed 10 October 2012 – Race distance: 3 laps
- Gold – Annerine Wenhold (RSA) 13.477 (1st Race) 12.902 (2nd Race)
- Silver – Rebecca Wheadon (AUS)
- Bronze – Elisa Gianchino (RSA) 13.937 (1st Race) 13.612 (2nd Race)
Men's 35-39 Sprint – Finals Results
Tue 9 October 2012 – Race distance: 3 laps
- Gold – Neil Campbell (GBR) 11.636 (1st Race) 11.404 (2nd Race)
- Silver – Adam Welch (GBR)
- Bronze – Morne Van Greuning (RSA)