11th October 2011: Australia claimed four medals, including one gold, on the opening day of the UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships, Manchester, England.
New South Wales' Gavin White claimed Australia's first gold in the menís 40-44 750m time trial, his second consecutive masters world title in the discipline.
White, the 2010 Cycling Australia Masters Cyclist of the Year, was the only rider to post a sub-50 second time, crossing the line in 49.624 seconds, well ahead of the United States' Andrew Weathers (50.202) and Allen Vugrincic (50.429).
The gold was White's sixth track world championship title since 2009 after claiming the sprint, time trial and team sprint in 2010 and sprint and team sprint in 2009.
In other events, David Willmott was unable to defend his title in the menís 55-59 sprint, taking the silver medal after being defeated by Gil Hatton of the United States in the final.
Wilmott had breezed through the afternoon qualifying, posting the second fastest flying 200 time of 11.558 behind Richard Voss of the USA who set an unofficial new world best time of 11.458 seconds.
In the final, Wilmott was edged by mere millimetres on the line by Hatton, with the margin in the second more comfortable for the American as he took gold.
Victoria's Nicholas Chadderon came from behind to win the bronze medal in a thrilling ride in the menís 50-54 2km individual pursuit finals.
Just three-hundredths of a second separated Chadderton and South Africa's Neville Ackerman in qualifying, with the Australian overcoming a large deficit late in the final to steal the podium finish from the South African. Defending champion Stephane Le Beau (Canada) defeated Claus Christenson (Denmark) to take gold.
Cheryl Hulskamp claimed Australia's second bronze on the opening day in the womenís 35-44 points race.
Dana Walton (USA) took the gold with a consistent performance in the 10 kilometre race to finish on 14 points, with Siobhan Mullan (GBR) taking silver on 8 points with a tie for third between Edwards and Hulskamp, with the Aussie taking the medal due to her higher placing at the final sprint.
In the men's 60-64 sprint, Peter Gumbley took the bronze medal over France's Marc Dangleterre. In the first heat, Dangleterre was too quick for the Australian, however Gumbley fought back in the second heat to take the final to a third heat. In the decider, Gumbley took the front position and never relented and despite a strong challenge on the home straight, he held on to win the bronze medal.
In an all-Argentian final Carlos Reybaud defeated Eduardo Gualtieri for the gold medal.
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Thanks to Cycling Australia/Jon Veage