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German grabs time trial gold

A LATE surge took Germany's Stefan Nimke to victory in the men's 1-kilometer time trial at the world track championships in Pruszkow, Poland, on Friday.

A time of one minute 0.666 seconds saw Nimke add a gold medal to his bronze from the men's team sprint.

"It always helps if you've already got one medal because in your head you feel a lot freer," Nimke told reporters.

"Normally if you do a slow first lap, like I did, then you lose but I managed to pull it back again."

Silver went to Taylor Phinney, the gold medalist in the individual pursuit on Thursday. Bronze was won by Malaysia's Mohammed Rizal Tisin.

Phinney said: "You always want the win but I'm pretty happy because that's only my third ever kilometer event in competition. I only decided to do this event on a whim a month ago."

The 18-year-old American, who was the 25th slowest rider in the first 250 meters, turned up the power and was fastest on the second half of the course.

The women's scratch race was won by Cuban Yumari Gonzalez after a tight sprint finish against Britain's Lizzie Armitstead.

Armitstead crashed late on but was able to rejoin the race and add a silver to the gold she claimed in Thursday's team pursuit. Australia's Belinda Goss finished third.

In the men's team pursuit, Denmark followed up silver in last year's world championships and Beijing Olympics with gold against Australia. The Danes made a slow start but forged ahead of the Australian quartet to win by over half a second.

New Zealand took bronze after beating holder and Olympic champion Britain, whose team had undergone a major revamp due to injury and retirement and had an average age of just 21.


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