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Track Cycling World Championships: Great Britain’s Mark Stewart wins bronze in men’s points race

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GB’s Mark Stewart wins men’s points race bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2018
Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Netherlands Dates: 28 February to 4 March Coverage: Live on BBC Red Button, connected TV and online

Mark Stewart secured Great Britain’s fourth medal of the Track Cycling World Championships by winning bronze in the men’s points race in Apeldoorn.

Stewart, 22, edged out Hong Kong’s King Lok Cheung to win his first world medal by just a single point.

British amateur Charlie Tanfield, who won team pursuit gold on Thursday, lost to Russian Alexander Evtushenko in the individual pursuit bronze medal race.

Track Cycling World Championships: Great Britain’s Mark Stewart wins bronze in men’s points race
Track Cycling World Championships: Great Britain’s Mark Stewart wins bronze in men’s points race

Team pursuit Olympic champion Elinor Barker was sixth in the women’s omnium.

Mark Stewart wins his bronze
Mark Stewart (right) won his first World Championships medal, alongside Jan Willem van Schip (left) and Cameron Meyer

“I’ve had a tough month,” said Stewart. “I’ve had a lot of dental work with abscesses. I’ve been to the dentist six times already this year so up until about a week ago I hadn’t had a good day.

“Then I started to feel like myself again and thought if I can get a medal I’ll be super happy.”

Australian Cameron Meyer comfortably defended his title, with Dutchman Jan Willem van Schip taking silver.

Barker disappointed with final position

Barker had started the final event of the omnium, the points race, in the bronze medal position but was unable to maintain her status, having only learned she was racing the event on Thursday after defending champion Katie Archibald withdrew because of illness.

“I’m really, really lucky I got the opportunity and disappointed because I don’t feel like I’m riding my best this week,” she said.

The event saw a frightening crash in the opening scratch race when a rider collided with an official as he retrieved debris from a crash. He received lengthy treatment by the trackside before being taken to hospital where he was due to remain overnight.

In the women’s sprint, Germany’s Kristina Vogel, 27, won her 11th world title – equalling a record set by Australia’s Anna Meares, 34 and now retired.

Four of Vogel’s golds have come in the sprint, four in the team sprint and three in the keirin.

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