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Aust on track after 10-medal world champs

Australia have finished second on the medals table at the track cycling world championships in Poland with a gold and silver on the final day of action.

Aust on track after 10-medal world champs

Australia have finished second on the medals table at the track cycling world championships in Poland with a gold and silver on the final day of action.

KAARLE MCCULLOCH of Australia competes in the Women's Sprint Qualification during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London, England.
KAARLE MCCULLOCH of Australia competes in the Women's Sprint Qualification during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London, England. Picture:Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Less is now more for Australia's track cycling contingent, according to performance director Simon Jones, who says their 10-medal world championship haul has them perfectly positioned for the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia completed a superb five days in Poland with women's 100-lap points race gold to Alex Manly and keirin silver to Kaarle McCulloch.


Manly went hard early to pip Ireland's Lydia Boylan by a point to claim her second world title and Australia's sixth of the week, after gold in the women's team pursuit.

McCulloch - who won gold in the women's team sprint with Stephanie Morton and 500m time trial bronze - completed the set when she finished behind Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze in the final event of the championships.

Australia's defending sprint champion Matthew Glaetzer was edged into fourth while Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer also just missed the medals in the madison.

Australia netted six gold, three silver and one bronze, to finish behind only the Netherlands - by one silver medal - on the table.

Jones said the dominance of the rejigged women's endurance program - which accounted for three golds - and the men's team pursuit world record were the highlights of a campaign that bodes well for next year's Olympics.

But the former British Cycling and Team Sky guru has warned the squad to hold their nerve after they returned only a silver and bronze from Rio three years ago.

"The trick to this is ... don't make it too complicated because we're where we really need to be at the moment," Jones said.

"And often doing less is more.

"There's a pull towards doing more because it's the Olympic Games but the skill is doing less and doing it really well."

Jones said powerful sprinter Glaetzer, one of Australia's golden hopes in Tokyo, appeared tired rather than out of form at the world titles after a long season, while McCulloch was in the zone.

She will present as a serious prospect in Tokyo alongside Stephanie Morton in the team sprint, an event the pair dominated on the opening day at the Pruszkow Velodrome.

"Kaarle seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment and it's great to see her really enjoying herself," Jones said.

AUSTRALIA'S WORLD CHAMPS SNAPSHOT

Gold - women's team pursuit, men's team pursuit (world record), women's team sprint, men's scratch race, women's points race, women's individual pursuit

Silver - women's sprint, women's keirin, women's madison

Bronze - women's time trial

Fourth - men's madison; men's keirin, women's keirin

Fifth - men's time trial; women's madison

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