Two South African competitors have already earned three World Championship medals at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships, currently taking place in Manchester, England. The competition, which runs from 4-11 October, has yielded a silver medal and two bronze medals for Grenville Scullard and Myrtle Hagedorn respectively.
Scullard’s performance in the Men 50-54 category 500m Time Trial on Monday (6 October) saw him place second to a rampant Adrian Dent from Great Britain, who won the race in 34.577 seconds. Scullard’s silver medal was in a time of 34.643 seconds, while American Thomas Donohue claimed bronze in 35.197 seconds.
Scullard broke the World 500m record earlier this year, which was subsequently broken again prior to the World Champs.
Hagedorn claimed her bronze medal in the Women’s 50-54 category Scratch race on Tuesday (7 October). Janni Bormann (DEN) claimed gold, with Orla Hendron (IRL) second claiming a silver medal, and Hagedorn finishing third. Despite racing in a combined 50+ batch, Myrtle still finished in 3rd place overall.
Her achievement is despite racing on borrowed equipment, due to her equipment arriving a day after her first event had taken place!
News has just come in that Hagedorn has claimed her second World Championship bronze medal, a few moments ago (Friday 10 October). Racing in the 45+ combined category in the 10km, 40-lap event, the 46-year-old finished 7th overall, and secured a bronze medal in the Women’s 50-54 category. Gold went to Deborah Coulls (AUS) with Orla Hendron taking silver, and Hagedorn the bronze medal. The overall race was won by Great Britain’s Janet Birkmyre, who represents the 45-49 category.
Thirteen South African Masters are competing in the 2014 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships.
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