Bell earns Canada's second straight medal at Velodrome

Jennifer Lukas, CTVOlympics.ca
2/18/2012 6:11:44 PM
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LONDON, England -- Canada reached the podium for the second time in two days inside London's new Olympic Velodrome on Saturday as track cyclist Zach Bell won omnium bronze.

Bell, of Watson Lake, Yukon, won the last of the six separate races which together form the omnium, and that result proved enough to lift him into third place.

The 29-year-old's teammate, Tara Whitten, lies second in the women's omnium which concludes on Sunday.

In omnium, competitors accrue points based on their finishes in each event. The three cyclists with the lowest number of points at the end of the sixth event earn a position on the podium.

Bell began Saturday's evening session with a need to make up four points in the remaining two races to move into a medal position.

He finished fourth in the points race then won the one-kilometre time trial to finish on 33 points, behind gold medallist Juan Arango of Colombia (21) and South Korea's Ho Sung Cho (32).

Whitten, of Edmonton, Alta., produced a score of 17 points from her opening three omnium events to leave her behind only Australia's Annette Edmondson, whose overnight score is 16.

Whitten raced to silver on Friday as a member of the Canadian women's pursuit team, which lost its final to Britain inside the arena which will stage track cycling at the London 2012 Olympics.

Also competing for Canada on Saturday, sprint specialist Monique Sullivan qualified as one of the final 16 riders, but lost to Gao Shuang in the one-on-one race.

Sullivan was relegated to the sprint B quarterfinal where she fell to Miriam Welte of Germany.

In the men's keirin, Hugo Barette finished third in his heat and then fourth in his repechange heat to be eliminated from the competition.

CTVOlympics.ca's Jennifer Lukas is in London this week, reporting on the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and Olympic test event from the Velodrome. Follow her updates on Twitter at @JenniferLukas and join in the conversation at @CTVOlympics.

Zach Bell (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)


(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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