first day of finals at the 2011
CIC Worlds began on time in Yeosu
under a burning sun which had a
big effect on the performance of
The Jr ladies
were first up in the 15km eliminations.
It was a tough competition with
some interesting elimination sprints.
At the end of the race, the Asian
teams were controlling the race
with the Koreans and Taiwanese
teams at the front but in the
final meters of the race, the
Colombian Yenny Serrano put in
a big effort to race to the front
for the victory. Serrano won the
Elimination race in Guarne last
year but she was stripped of her
medal after testing positive to
a banned substance.
Li Mengchu from
Taiwan and So Yun Cho completed
the podium. The humidity and temperature
made this a torturous race. The
Iranian Niloufar Mardani and the
Ecuadorian Emma Clare finished
12th and 13th respectively in
a great performance.
In the Jr men’s
race, the South Americans did
really well highlighting the growth
of the sport in Mexico and Ecuador.
The Asian nations fought hard
and took the win in the final
lap easily pulling away from the
rest of the field. Korea controlled
the final parts of the race with
a 1-2 finish from Min Yong Park
and Sang Cheol Lee. The Taiwanese
skater Chen Yancheng got the bronze.
Next up, the
seniors in the 10km points/elim.
It was a very tactical race with
the Korean legend Hyo Sook Woo
who has won this race many times
before dominating the event. With
15 points, she beat Colombian
Kelly Martinez on 11 points. The
Taiwanese team tried for a breakaway
a few times but they couldn’t
quite manage it and Fan Chihling
ended up 3rd with 7 points. Catherine
Peñan is back this year from Chile
and finished a very respectable
Bart Swings kicked
off his campaign in the best way
possible with a win in his first
race. Only 1 point separated the
top 4 athletes in a very tight
The race was
very fast from the start with
some strong attacks to get early
points. The Frenchman Yann Guyader
was the most active skater in
the first half of the race followed
by the Italian Fabio Francolini.
The next attacks came from New
Zealand’s Scott Arlidge. Cifuentes
from Colombia began to accumulate
points and then Swings took over
in the 2nd half of the race. Arlidge
and the Korean Son Geung Seong
did a breakaway for 8 laps where
they got enough points fight for
In the last lap, the Spaniard Patxi
Peula crossed the finish line first
getting 3 valuable points but the
focus was behind him to see who
would podium. Swings, who came second
in the last lap, got 11 points to
get a brilliant victory in Yeosu.
Arlidge, Seong and Guyader were
behind him tied in 10 points each.