The World Junior Cycling Championships have ended in Argentina, but not without a controversial decision.?
The World Junior Cycling Championships have ended in Argentina, but not without a controversial decision. In the very last race of the week-long competition, Belgian cyclist Kenny de Marteleire, was set back from first to second place.
SYNOPSIS: There were one hundred and twenty two cyclists in the race. It covered one hundred and twenty kilometres (92 miles). The competitors had to make eight circuits of the track, both inside and outside the stadium.
The one hundred and twenty kilometre Individual Race is one of the most gruelling tests in all of sport. The average time of the winners was two hours and forty minutes - a brisk forty five kilometres per hour, (28.5 miles per hour).
Altogether two hundred and forty eight cyclists took part in the seven days of competition. Teams were entered from twenty-three nations. In the final medal standings the Soviet Union came out on top with three goal medals and two silver. Next was West Germany with two gold and a bronze. Third was the U.S.A. with one gold, one silver, and one bronze.
In this race Greg Lemont of the U.S. and Kenny de Marteleire were neck and neck throughout -- with the Belgian crossing the finish line ahead of the American.
However it was Lemont who was awarded the gold medal. He was given the medal after the U.S. team entered a protest saying that de Marteleire had hemmed in the American cyclist during the last few metres of the race. The chief steward, Antonio Blanco Mendez of Spain, watched a film of the race and then announced that de Marteleire would be set back into second place.
Lemont's official winning time was given at two hours forty minutes and thirty nine seconds. Second was Kenny de Marteleire of Belgium, and third Jean Francois Dury of France.