TARA WHITTEN ONLY THREE POINTS SHORT OF MEDAL AT WORLD
Whitten off the podium as she attempted to defend
(Melbourne, AUS – April 7, 2012) Tara Whitten
of Edmonton, Alberta cycled to the fourth place of the
women’s omnium at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships
in Melbourne, Australia.
Whitten cumulated a total of 39 points in the six-discipline
event – only three shy of the bronze medal.
Yesterday, Whitten ended the day in sixth place of the
overall standings, after finishing fourth of the flying
lap, eleventh of the points race and seventh in the
Today, the task to close the gap to grab a medal was
anticipated to be difficult for Whitten. With two races
as individual timed events –an area in which Whitten
excels–, everything was still possible for the
two-time World Champion in the omnium.
Whitten opened the day with a win in the individual
pursuit to get right back in the game. Then, in the
mass-start scratch race, Whitten crossed the line in
eleventh place. In the final race, the time trial, Whitten
had to win in order have chances to step on the podium.
Unfortunately, she went on to finish in sixth place.
Although this fourth place is the first time Whitten
is off the podium, yet alone win the World title in
women’s omnium at World Championships, Whitten
had made it very clear on Wednesday after the Team Pursuit
that these World Championships were not a priority,
and that this is part of the overall training plan for
the 2012 Olympic Games.
In the women’s keirin, Calgary’s Monique
Sullivan took part in the women’s keirin. Sullivan
went on the finish fourth of her opening heat, and 13th
Tomorrow, on the last day of competition, Whitten will
take part in the Individual pursuit, the event she won
during the omnium race.
Full results and live timing of the event can be found
or by visiting www.uci.ch.