Hammer and Botticher each win second world title

Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:41am EST
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MINSK (Reuters) - Experienced American Sarah Hammer and young German rider Stefan Botticher each won their second gold medal of the world cycling championships, prevailing in the women's omnium and the men's sprint respectively on Sunday.

Hammer, who sealed her fifth world title in the individual pursuit on Wednesday, beat her main rival Laura Trott on the last day of the five-day championships to avenge her Olympic defeat to the British rider.

"This is my sixth gold (overall) and I'm so excited with my win," the 29-year-old Californian, the only American who made the trip to the Belarus capital, told reporters.

"At the Olympics Laura was ahead of me but I always try to win, that's why I trained hard. Now I'm really, really happy.

"I pursued three events here - it was a bit crazy, so I'm delighted to get two gold medals," added Hammer, who also contested Friday's 10-km scratch race.

Hammer, the overnight leader after the first three events on Saturday, extended her advantage after winning, as expected, her speciality - the pursuit.

She was fourth in the scratch race and sixth in the final discipline - the time trial - but had built up enough of a lead to win by four points over Trott, who took silver just ahead of Australian Annette Edmondson.

Botticher beat Russian Denis Dmitriev in the final to complete a sprint double after winning the team title with Rene Enders and Maximilian Levy on Thursday.

"Honestly, I've never even imagined winning two gold medals," said the 21-year-old Botticher, who was competing on the junior circuit two seasons ago.   Continued...

USA's Sarah Hammer reacts as she wins the gold medal during women's omnium time trial final at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko