Sep '04 : World Master's Track Championships
World Master's Track Championships 2004 - Manchester UK
John Moss on a breakaway during the points race - on his
way to a Silver Medal.
|Janet Moss on her way to a Gold Medal on a DuToit custom
While this was John and I's 6th trip to the Worlds at Manchester, this trip
was special for me as it marked my re-entry into competitive racing after
almost three years off the track having ostensibly "retired" after the 2001
So it was a great feeling to win the championship titles back again this
year in both the 500m Time Trial as well as the Sprint event.
I was particularly pleased with my qualifiying time in the 200 metre of 13.856 seconds - a record for my age category.
This brings my personal haul of medals to 7 Golds, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. Here is some general info about the event and the SA team results:
The South African team consisted of nine members: three women and six men and this small squad boasted a magnificent final tally of no less than 15 medals (of which there were five golds!) at the end of the six-day event. The South African team finished a very creditable fourth in the overall medal standings, as well as grabbing the best medal rating ( medals per number of athletes competing) among all the 23 nations participating. A total of 330 athletes from these countries transformed the Championships into a truly international event. Professionalism from both officials and cyclists was at the highest level and the Manchester Velodrome facilities
were the stuff of which cycling dreams are made.
The strength of the South African team seemed to lie with the women (of course!) with three team members being crowned as world champions and, at the end of the Championships, all were nominated Best Female Athletes in their individual categories:
· Annerine Wenhold (Best 30-34 Female rider, Gold - match sprint, Gold - 500m time trial, Bronze - 2km pursuit, new SA records for the 500m time trial and 2km pursuit)
· Bronwyn Law -Viljoen (Best 35-39 Female rider, Gold - 2km pursuit, Silver - points race, Bronze - match sprint and 500m time trial)
· Janet Moss (Best 50+ Female rider, Gold - match sprint, Gold - 500m time trial both new SA records)
The men, too, had a chance to showcase some excellent performances, all resulting in more than a few personal bests and a number of new South African records. Notable was Ian Hall (35-39) in his 30km points race and the three km pursuit (Silver) - in which he also set a new SA record, as was Grenville Scullard's (40-44) haul of bronzes and SA records in the 750m time trial and 200m flying start. John Moss (55-59 age) also showed what South African's are made of, by forcing the pace in the Points race and finishing in a fine silver medal position. Mario Nel had a great championships in this tough 30-34 age category to finish with two bronze medals (match sprint and points race)