It’s Rush Hour in Yeosu.
30.08.11: The day started well with the 300m TT qualifiers but a ‘technical glitch’ with the timing equipment threw the program into disarray.
Jercy Puello and Elizabeth Arnedo in the 300m Time Trial warm up. Foto © PatinCarrera.com
:It’s 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.

Colombia’s Jercy 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.

Koreas Myung 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 tonight.

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.
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