Harrie Lavreysen won gold on Thursday at the keirin part of the World Championship track cycling in Berlin. In addition to a medal on scratch, Roy Eefting grabbed the women and Laurine van Riessen did not survive the quarter-finals in the sprint.
The 22-year-old Lavreysen, who already became world sprint champion last year, was the only Dutchman in the final. With two more rounds to go, he led the way and nobody caught up with him.
As world champion, Lavreysen is the successor to Matthijs Büchli, who this time stranded in the semi-finals. The same was true for Jeffrey Hoogland. Theo Bos, the 2006 world champion, was eliminated in the first round.
For Lavreysen, the gold on the keirin is his second title of the tournament. On Wednesday he extended the world title on the team sprint with Hoogland, Roy van den Berg and reserve Büchli.
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Eefting and Van Riessen cannot make it
Lavreysen provided the only Dutch success of the day. In the scratch section, Eefting hoped to give his silver World Cup medal last year a nice continuation, but that didn't work. He finished fifth in the final.
Among the women, Van Riessen reached the quarter-finals of the sprint thanks to victories over the American Madalyn Godby and the Frenchwoman Mathilde Gros, who took bronze last year. The German Emma Hinze proved too strong for a place in the semi-finals. Shanne Braspennincx was stranded earlier.
After two World Cup days, the Netherlands is on three gold medals. Besides Lavreysen and the team printer, Kirsten Wild was the best on scratch.
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