the second time that Korea has hosted
the world champs and this morning
the organizing committee was as
busy as they have ever been.
The sun was shiny
brightly for this morning’s time
trials and skaters were feeling
the mix of high temperatures,
humidity and wind. Many skaters
were looking exhausted.
The comp kicked
off with technical issues… after
the timekeeping system was on
the blink. Many of the teams were
visibly angry. Later in the morning
the same timing issue returned,
again delaying the racing.
First up, the Jr women’s time
trial and the host Korea faced
up against what is fast becoming
a traditional rival in Colombia.
We will see this battle continue
on the track all week.
The Korean So
Yeong Shin was the fastest of
the morning stopping the clock
at 26.853 beating Colombia’s Yesenia
Escobar and Stefania Hurtado.
Also qualifying for the finals
was Kuan Yingjung (TPE), Kuo Yenling
(TPE), Solymar Vivas (VEN), Ga
Ram Lee (KOR), Laethisia Schimek
(GER), Saray Narávez (ESP), Jingwen
Du (CHN), Marie Poidevin (FRA)
and Vera Iglesias (ESP).
Next up were
the Junior Men in another tight
qualifying session. Korea was
again on top thanks to Bong Ju
Choi 24.723. The Colombians Andres
Agudelo 24.792 and Juan Camilo
Pérez 24.846 finished second and
third respectively. Just behind
them were Koreas Heon Gyu Ryu
24.887 and the Chilean Emanuelle
Silva 23.894 will both be in the
hunt for medals. Darren de Souza
(FRA), Benjamin Pierre Jean (FRA),
Lee Tusheng (TPE), Eben Jackson
(USA), Niels Provoost (BEL), Mirco
Mezzalira (ITA) and Breiner Flores
(VEN) also advance to the final.
Puello is off to a great start
on the bumpy track shocking the
time keepers with her 26.245 easily
beating the Koreans Jin Seom Lim
and Yi Seul An. Some South American
Surprises from Ecuador’s Ingrid
Factos in 4th. The Venezuelan
Sandra Buelvas fifth and the Mexican
Veronica Elias was sixth who is
now coached by the great Gregory
Duggento. Also qualified for the
final Maria Jose Moya (CHI), Erika
Zanetti (ITA), Yanh Hochen (TPE),
Chen Yingchu (TPE), Giulia Bongiorno
(ITA) and Pamela Verdugo (CHI).
Twenty of the
top 50 skaters in the Sr Men’s
TT finished within a second which
highlights the depth of the competition.
Kyu Lee was the fastest in the
morning session with a time of
24.481 beating the Colombians
Pedro Causil and Andres Muñoz.
Nicolas Pelloquin (FRA), Kalon
Dobbin (NZL), Lo Wei Lin (TPE),
Ioseba Fernández (ESP), Sung Ching
Yang (TPE), Kyung Tae Kang (KOR),
Ricardo Verdugo (CHI), Andrea
Angeletti (ITA) and Michel Mulder
(NED) will contend the medals
Racing begins tonight at 5pm local
time where 8 gold medals will be
on offer. Colombia v Korea is shaping
up to be a great battle.