In Paris, Australia lost every chance of defending the men’s title of track cycling for the world Championships due to an axle bolt that was broken but the Women’s team is doing great and have also set a national record by qualifying.
The only medal that Australia got was from Anna Meares who is also considered to be the queen of sprints and she along with Kaarle McCulloch have achieved the bronze medal at the women’s team sprint.
On Wednesday night, the men’s team faced an accident as a result they could only expect a bronze even though they have been a two time defending champions of the title. After the crank of Luke Davison’s bike broke, the only rider who could avoid the accident was Jack Bobridge. Immediately after him, Alex Edmondson suffered with a real wheel puncture seconds before he was crashed by Mitchell Mulhern.
After the bikes were fully repaired, Australia was allowed to start all over again. But they failed to record even fourth fastest time that they had recorded. So, they were cut off from the chance of getting a gold medal on the final match of Friday to be held in the morning.
Tim decker, the national coach for endurance said that there is no other question about the fact that it was definitely the crash that resulted in this and he didn’t put forward any other excuses. He told the AAP that it is extremely hurting that this happened and that the team had to start afresh.
Bobridge was very philosophical as he had returned to the track after being a part of the roads for so many years. He is the record holder of the 4000m in individual pursuit. So, for him it was a good thing that he had the mechanical difficulty at this time and not at the August 2016 Olympic.