EDMONDSON WINS OMNIUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Australia is on top of the world following a glittering final night of the UCI Track World Championship in Paris which saw Anna Meares (SA) become the most successful female track cyclist in history and Annette Edmondson (SA) clinch her second gold medal of the week.
Edmondson sealed a golden week, which began with a team pursuit title on the second night of competition, with an emotional victory in the Omnium.
Four times the Omnium bridesmaid at the world or Olympic level, South Australia’s Annette Edmondson’s (SA) became the bride in Paris today winning the omnium title at the National Velodrome.
“I really can’t believe it, it is pretty special (to finally reach the top step of the podium) after the high of the team pursuit, this is just a bonus,” Edmondson told Cycling Australia.
Edmondson, 23, the London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist who had reached the podium at the past three World Championships for a tally of two silver and one bronze.
The win secured Edmondson her second gold medal of the Championships after smashing the world record on the way to winning the team pursuit title with Ashlee Ankudinoff NSW), Melissa Hoskins (WA) and Amy Cure (TAS) on the second day of completion.
“This (omnium) win is fantastic, but nothing compares to winning it (the team pursuit) with my teammates,” admitted Edmondson. “I played that over in my head even warming up for this omnium.
“The women’s track endurance squad, has been working so hard for the past few years, so to see the success come across the entire board, it is really exciting for all of us.
“It shows we are heading in the right direction. We are looking forward to the next few years.”
The Adelaide cyclist commenced her campaign on Saturday with a fifth in the scratch race, second in the individual pursuit (3:32.831) and seventh in the elimination race which left her in second, four points behind Kirsten Wild (NED).
On Sunday, Edmondson catapulted herself to the rainbow jersey position with the fastest time trial (35.064) and flying lap of the day (14.024) and heading into the decisive final event – 25km points race – Edmondson sat 14 points clear of reigning world and Olympic champion Laura Trott (GBR).
The pair keeping a close eye on each other throughout the 100-lap race, with Edmondson’ winning two of the final four sprints to seal the victory with twenty laps remaining.
Edmondson finished on 192 points, 16 ahead of Trott, with Kirsten Wild (NED), who edged Amy Cure into scratch silver on Saturday night, was one point behind in third.
“I didn’t have to do anything crazy and sure enough my three major opponents fought themselves over the first half of the race so I was quite fresh for the second half and I just had to make sure no-one took any laps.”
In the most successful Championships since hosting the titles in Melbourne in 2012, Australia finished on top of the medal tally with eleven medals – four gold, four silver and three bronze – four clear of both France and Germany. Only the home nation France had more gold (5) than Australia.
Australia’s four world titles came through the women’s team pursuit quartet of Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW), Amy Cure (TAS), Annette Edmondson (SA) and Melissa Hoskins (WA), who were recognized on the final evening after setting the first world record on the track (4:13.683), Rebecca Wiasak (ACT) in the individual pursuit, in addition to Meares and Edmondson.