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Alex Edmondson wins world cycling title

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Alex Edmondson has won the men’s individual pursuit at the wold track cycling championships, continuing a Australia’s strong tradition in the prestigious event.

The 20-year-old narrowly edged out Swiss rider Stefan Kueng in the final in Cali, Colombia, beating him by a mere 0.41seconds.

The South Australian had qualified fastest for the event.

The win is Edmondson’s second in 24 hours, having taken gold in the team pursuit on Thursday.

It is also Australia’s fourth consecutive title in the event, after Queensland’s Michael Hepburn claimed back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2012, and Jack Bobridge took the honours in 2011.

“It’s been the craziest last 24 hours, especially with the team pursuit last night with the boys,” Edmondson said after his race.

“Then to come out here and win another world title, I’ve just got no words.”

Earlier, compatriot Anna Meares narrowly missed out on a record 11th world title, winning silver in the 500m time trial.

The 30-year-old’s time of 33.548secs was not enough to win her pet event, with Germany’s Miriam Welte taking out gold in a blistering 33.451secs.

Anastasia Voinova of Russia came in third for the bronze medal.

The South Australian still has two more chances to become the most successful female track cyclist in history this weekend in the sprint and keirin events.

She currently shares the lead on 10 rainbow jerseys with France’s Felicia Ballanger, who claimed five sprint and five time trial world titles between 1995 and 1999.

Meanwhile Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins and debutante Bella King added a another medal to Australia’s tally, collecting bronze in the women’s team pursuit.

The quartet beat out Poland in the ride-off for third place.

Australia had medalled in the event in four of the past five championships, including consecutive silvers in 2012 and 2013.