Speedway, and Ole Olsen of Denmark won three of his five races at London's Wombley Stadium on Saturday (2 September) to take the world championship for the third time.
Speedway, and Ole Olsen of Denmark won three of his five races at London's Wombley Stadium on Saturday (2 September) to take the world championship for the third time. Gordon Kennet of Britain was second, and Scott Autroy of the United States, third.
SYNOPSIS: The start of Heat 17 ...with Olsen, in the white helmet, bursting straight into the lead. It was his fifth ride of the evening, and he had already scored two wins and two seconds. Another win here would wrap up the 31-year-old Dane's first world title since 1975. The fans remember last year's championship when a bad ride in his final race cost him the crown. This time, Olsen wasn't going to let that memory upset him.
Into the final bend, and Olsen knows he has done it. He wins from Malcolm Simmons of Britain and Marek Cieslak of Poland, although he had clocked two faster times in earlier rides. The popular new champion had won the London Sunday Mirror Trophy, a gold medal, and a cash award of GBP 2,000 (about 4,000 dollars).
In Heat 19, Gordon Kennet, wearing the white helmet, had to win to become runner up for the title, and win GBP800 (about 1,600 dollars). Coming off the bond, he's in second place. A well-judged spurt along the final stretch, and Kennet takes the chequered flag, his second win of the evening. He had not finished worse than second in any of his five rides, a fine performance in his first world final--and on his twenty-fifth birthday.
A lap of honour for the new champion, Olsen, who had started the final as co-favourite with the defending champion, Ivan Mauger, of New Zealand. While Olsen has twelve years experience riding with British clubs, doubts had lingered about his temperament on big occasions. He had given his answer in the best way.