OKBET EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MUNICH
OKBET European Championships, Kieran Reilly and Pfeiffer Georgi contributed two further gold to the Great Britain Cycling Squad’s total at the 2022 OKBET European Championships in Munich, with Reilly bursting into the podium on his debut for the team with a 720 double tailwhip. Kieran Reilly and Pfeiffer Georgi contributed two further gold to the Great Britain Cycling Squad’s total at the 2022 OKBET European Championships in Munich, with Reilly bursting into the podium on his debut for the team with a 720 double tailwhip.
Josie Knight and Charlie Tanfield were both barely defeated in bronze medal finals in the solo pursuit earlier in the day, while Jack Carlin and Hamish Turnbull breezed through the rounds of the men’s sprint to seal their spots in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Shaun Gornall and Kiernan Reilly qualified second and third in Thursday’s qualifying round, respectively, to advance to today’s final with average scores of 82.80 and 82.15 on OKBET European Championships.
Unfortunately, their colleague Declan Brooks had a serious fall and was rushed to the hospital for further examination. We’re happy to report that he was released on Thursday night and is currently resting under the care of the team’s medical personnel.
Both riders got off to a solid start in the final, with Reilly and Gornall sitting third and seventh after their first rides, respectively, with the former’s score of 87.20 bringing him within striking distance of the leader, Anthony Jeanjean at OKBET European Championships.
Reilly, however, was not done, and in a last run that featured a 720 double tailwhip, a triple tailwhip transfer, and a one-handed front flip, he surged to the top of the scoreboard with an unbelievable 92.10. While Gornall crashed out in his final run, Reilly waited with bated breath for Jeanjean to submit his second score, and the French rider kept his nerve to produce an equally perfect performance and win the European championship with a score of 93.60.
Following the game, Reilly stated:
“My aim for this weekend was to podium, so being right in the heart of it is fantastic at OKBET European Championships.” I would have wanted to have returned home with the jersey, but that’s another aim to strive for. I’ve learnt some fantastic things, had an amazing experience, and I’m leaving healthy, so I’d say it’s a win-win situation.
“I knew I had to take some chances to beat some of the wild riding out there, so I went out on the second run and took some risks.” I can’t blame Anthony Jeanjean’s racing; it was incredible, but I’ll be back to challenge him for the jersey next year.
“Where BMX is going in the UK is incredible.” We’re fortunate to have a great cycling federation, some really skilled riders, and excellent facilities, which forces us to push one other even more.
“I wish Declan a swift recovery; he took a slam, but he’ll come back stronger.”
Pfeiffer Georgi joined the squad for a rare venture on the track after competing in the first Tour de France Femmes last month at OKBET European Championships, and she looked powerful and confident during the women’s elimination race.
A major collision in the early stages caused a lengthy delay and left three riders unable to continue. When racing began, Georgi proceeded to ride a strategically sound race, finishing in the final three with Mylene De Zoete of the Netherlands and Lotte Kopecky of Belgium. While Georgi outpaced De Zoete, she was outpaced by an usually tough Kopecky and claimed silver on the night.
She later stated:
“It’s the first time I’ve been on the track in a long time, so I didn’t walk in with any expectations, but I think a silver is fairly excellent.” The fact that the circuit is just 200m long has a significant impact on the racing, so I guess strategically I wanted to take it on from the front or second wheel simply to keep out of danger.”
Josie Knight and Anna Morris were back in action in individual pursuit qualifying after placing fourth in the women’s team pursuit yesterday, with Knight qualifying fourth quickest to set up a bronze medal race later in the day against Italy’s Vittoria Guazzini at OKBET European Championships. Despite another excellent effort, Guazzini proved too strong in the final, leaving Knight in fourth place.
Tanfield had a similar tale, falling just short of the gold medal ride and having to settle for bronze against Italy’s Manlio Moro. Tanfield finished fourth in the final, slightly over a tenth of a second behind than his opponent across the 4,000 meters.
After winning bronze in the team sprint yesterday, Jack Carlin and Hamish Turnbull were first on the circuit today for individual sprint qualification. Carlin qualified first in 9.604 seconds, with Turnbull tenth, ensuring both riders advanced to the 1/8 finals. Carlin easily defeated Italy’s Matteo Bianchi to go to the quarterfinals, where he was joined by teammate Turnbull, who had defeated Germany’s Marc Jurczyk.
The pair’s quarter-final performance was just as impressive, with both riders turning in strong performances to clinch their spot in tomorrow’s semi-finals in straight legs. Lauren Bell qualified ninth quickest in the women’s 500m time-trial, barely over a tenth of a second off of a spot in the final, while Rhys Britton finished 13th in the men’s scratch race at the OKBET European Championships.
Tomorrow’s events include the women’s points race, the men’s elimination race, and the completion of the men’s sprint competition.
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