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Belarus woman upsets Olympic, world champion

3/25/2005

CARSON, Calif. -- Great Britain capitalized on a tight
formation and claimed the men's team sprint over The Netherlands in
the last of three finals Thursday night in the opening session of
the Track Cycling World Championships.

Chris Hoy, Jason Quelly and Jamie Staff, who posted the fastest
qualifying time earlier in the night, came in at 44.379 seconds, an
average speed of 37.79 mph on the 250-meter track.

The Dutch team of Theo Bos, Teun Mulder and Tim Veldt was timed
in 44.713. Germans John Matthias, Stefan Nimke and Rene Wolf were
third in 44.790.

Volodymyr Rybin of Ukraine claimed three points in the final
sprint lap to overtake Ioannis Tamouridis of Germany in the
40-kilometer men's race with 38 points.

Tamouridis finished second in the 160-lap event with 36 points.
Juan Rosello Llaneras of Spain was third with 34.

Colby Pearce of Boulder, Colo., placed 13th among 20 finishers
with eight points. Pearce, a 2004 Olympian, finished 15th, 14th and
14th in the previous three world championships.

In the women's 500-meter time trial, Natalia Tsylinskaya of
Belarus upset Olympic and world champion Anna Meares of Australia,
finishing in 34.738.

The four-day championships continue Friday with morning and
evening sessions.