Sport Cycling Ashlee Ankudinoff doubles up with second gold at track cycling world titles

Ashlee Ankudinoff doubles up with second gold at track cycling world titles

Ashlee Ankudinoff enjoys her women's individual pursuit win at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland. Photo: Getty
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Ashlee Ankudinoff has collected her second gold medal at the track cycling world championships in Poland with victory in the women’s individual pursuit.

Australia won a medal in three of the four events to be decided on Saturday, local time, with Georgia Baker and Amy Cure taking silver in the women’s madison and a bronze for Kaarle McCulloch in the women’s time-trial.

Ankudinoff, 28, beat Lisa Brennauer in the individual pursuit gold medal race in a time of 3min 25.971sec, to finish almost four seconds clear of her German rival.

The Sydneysider, who won on the opening night of action in the women’s team pursuit, took Australia’s gold medal tally to five.

Ankudinoff won the individual pursuit by almost four seconds. Photo: Getty

Brennauer’s compatriot Lisa Klein won bronze against New Zealand’s Kirstie James.

The Australian team of Baker and Cure, who were members of the gold-medal winning women’s team pursuit quartet, was beaten by the Netherlands in the women’s madison.

The Dutch duo of Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters took gold, with Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth third.

McCulloch added a bronze medal in the 500m time-trial to the gold medal she won in the women’s team sprint on Thursday.

Russia’s Daria Shmeleva won in 33.012sec with Ukraine’s Olena Starikova second in 33.307 and McCulloch third in 33.419.

In addition to the five gold, Australia has two silver and a bronze to sit second on the medal tally before the final day’s action.

Medals will be decided in the women’s points race, men’s madison, women’s keirin and men’s sprint.

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