Daniel Morelon of France took his sixth world amateur sprint title in eight years in San Sebastian, Spain, on Friday (August 24) during the World Cycling Championships when he beat Anatoly Iablunowski of the Soviet Union.
Daniel Morelon of France took his sixth world amateur sprint title in eight years in San Sebastian, Spain, on Friday (August 24) during the World Cycling Championships when he beat Anatoly Iablunowski of the Soviet Union. Earlier, he suffered a crash in the quarter-finals when he was racing against Czechoslovakia's Anton Tkac and their event had to be re-run.
Iablunowski took the silver medal and Italy's Giorgio Rossi won the bronze.
Earlier in the Championships West German Horst Gnas retained his world Amateur motor-paced title over 40 kilometres (25 miles) riding behind 64-year-old Has Kaes -- who had flown in from Germany specially to pace him and arrived only three hours before the race.
SYNOPSIS: The World Cycling Championships have been taking place in San Sebastian, Spain, and on Friday the amateur sprinters took the circuit to decide their title.
The quarter-final -- between Frenchman Daniel Morelon, number eighty-eight, who had won the title five times in the past sight years, and young Czechoslovakia Anton Tkac. This was a re-run -- the two had collided in their first attempt. It was a close race the second time around -- but Morelon went on to win.
Morelon went on through the semi-final by beating Denmark's Peder Pedersen, and met Anatoly Iablunowski of the Soviet Union racing in number two-one-two -- for the final again, Morelon proved his domination -- going through to take the title for the sixth time in eight years.
Morelon smilingly accepted the gold medal, while Iablunowski took the silver and Giorgio Rossi of Italy took bronze.
The forty-kilometre amateur paced race -- with West German Horst Gnas, number fifteen defending his World Title. He was riding behind sixty-four-year-old Hans Kaes, who had flown from Germany specially to pace him -- arriving only three hours before the event. And his defence was successful -- Gnas won in forty-three minutes fifteen-point-one-four seconds.
So Gnas 1 took the gold once again -- with fellow-countryman Rainer Podlesch second, and Gabriel Minneboo taking the bronze.