LOOK athletes leave Hong Kong with 13 medals, including seven titles, and a perfect record in the speed events…
Eight months after the Rio Olympic Games, LOOK athletes made a triumphant return to the track. In this post-Olympic year, Hong Kong hosted the World Championships, and after five days of competition, the results are simply exceptional.
With thirteen medallions, including seven titles, or nearly 22% of the total medals distributed, and a perfect record in the speed events (Men’s and Women’s Sprint – Keirin), the R96, « Developed to handle the strength of the most powerful riders thus allowing them to reach phenomenal speeds, » is already part of velodrome legend. This is what should not be missed…
The coronation of patient men
The 29-year-old Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang (Keirin) and the 31-year-old Russian Denis Dmitriev (Sprint), both accustomed to being on the World podium for years, had never achieved the ultimate accolade. Hong Kong changed all that. « Pocket Rocket » breezed through the Keirin while the Russian colossus roared, unleashing his force on the way to winning the first Rainbow Jersey of his career. The two men permitted the R96 and Corima to reign supreme in the world of speed.
On the final day of competition, François Pervis also reveled in his gold medal. Two years after his last participation in the Kilometer, the 32-year-old Frenchman became its master.
Did someone mention patience?
The Number 9
With her victories in the Sprint and Keirin, Kristina Vogel brings the number of Rainbow Jerseys in her collection to nine. The German, who is only 26 years old, has already won everything on the track planet. She is now the 3rd most victorious woman in track history. After a pre-season spent away from the boards, she returned to the bright lights at the start of this year and never looked back. Hong Kong only confirmed her status, that of the Queen of the Speed.
21-year-old Benjamin Thomas was the revelation of the World Championships. Victorious in the Points Race as a Junior in 2013, the Frenchman is now one of the planetary track references. Already crowned in the Omnium, the rider won the Madison event 24 hours later with his teammate Morgan Kneisky. The future is his.
The LOOK medals of the 2017 World Track Championships:
Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) Keirin
Kristina Vogel (Germany) Keirin – Sprint
François Pervis (France) Kilometer
Denis Dmitriev (Russia) Sprint
Morgan Kneisky-Benjamin Thomas (France) Madison
Benjamin Thomas (France) Omnium
Quentin Lafargue (France) Kilometer
Thomas Babek (Czech Republic) Kilometer
Team Sprint (France)
Anastasiia Voinova (Russia) 500-meters
Thomas Babek (Czech Republic) Keirin
Nicky Degrendele (Belgium) Keirin