Britain's Hugh Porter collected his third world title, in Marseilles on Wednesday (2 August), when he beat Belgium's Ferdinand Bracke in the final of the Individual Pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships.
TGV PAN. Arena with television tower overlooking. (2 shots)
TV PAN Finish of the Ladies' Race, won by number 111, Galina Ermolaeva of U.S.S.R. from number 91 Brinkoff (Netherlands)
CU PAN from Soviet flag to winners on rostrum.
TV PAN Start of Man's race between number 21, Van Lancker (Belgium) and number 10, Johnson (Australia) (2 shots)
TV PAN Van Lancker beaten Johnson, and winner on rostrum. (2 shots)
TV PAN Start of Pursuit Race final between Hugh Porter (number 65, Britain) and Bracke (number 17, Belgium) PAN ON Porter racing.
CU Race in progress and lights showing time lag between competitors. (2 shots)
TV Porter crosses finishing line ahead of Bracke; crowd applaud.
CU & SV Winners on rostrum.
Initials VS/1.22 VS/1.39
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Background: Britain's Hugh Porter collected his third world title, in Marseilles on Wednesday (2 August), when he beat Belgium's Ferdinand Bracke in the final of the Individual Pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships.
The final day of the track championships provided several exciting races, with the Porter-Bracke match the highlight. The Soviet Union won a gold medal in the Women's Sprint event, as Galina Ermolaeva took her sixth world title in a career spanning 15 years. Australian Gordie Johnson was beaten in the final of the Professional Sprint by Belgium's Robert Van Lancker.
In the Individual Pursuit, Porter, who won the title in 1968 and 1970, was known as a fast starter and finisher. But Bracke took a strong 20 yard (metre) lead half way through the five kilometre rase. Then Porter ??? the ??? during the last kilometre and won by over one and a half secunda.
SYNOPSIS: The final day of the World Track Cycling Championships, at Marseilles on Wednesday, provided several exciting races.
Here, the Soviet Union wins a gold medal as Galina Ermolaeva takes the Women's Sprint, beating a young Dutch cyclist, Wilhelmina Brinkhoff. The win for the Soviet girl is her sixth world title in a career spanning fifteen years.
The Professional Sprint provided a bit of an upset as Australia's Gordie Johnson, number ten, was beaten in the final by Belgium's Robert Van Lancker.
In two matches, Van Lansker -- last year's runner-up in the event -- basted the Australian for the gold medal. Giordano Turrini of Italy was third.
But it was the Individual Pursuit that provided the highlight of the day. The final was between Britain's Hugh Porter and Belgium's Ferdinand Bracke, number seventeen. Porter, who won the title in 1968 and 1970, was known to be the faster starter and finisher. But when Bracke -- who won in 1969 -- took a powerful lead halfway through the five-kilometre race, the British rider's chances looked slim.
But Barter, in a remarkable effort closed the gap near the end and won by over one and a half seconds. For the winner and the crowd of eight-thousand, an exciting finish and Porter's third world title.