Korea is back on top in Yeosu.
01.09.11: Argentina and Germany won their first medals in Yeosu, Colombia leads the senior division while Korea was unstoppable in junior category.
The Argentinean Estefania Fasinato celebrates his surprising victory in Yeosu while Martinez, Puello, Hochen and Guo are wiped out in a hard crash. Photo © PatinCarrera.com
With rain and other exhausting weather conditions in the afternoon, the track races were finally finished in Yeosu after three long days of competitions. Korea and Colombia showed their dominance and there is no doubt that both teams are a step ahead of the rest of the world.

The battle between Korea and Colombia was evident in almost every race in Yeosu. Gold came quickly to Korea today in the first event of the track event with So Yeong Shin easily winning the 500m beating the Colombian Magda Garces and Kuan Yingjung from Taiwan.

In the mens event, the final was an all Colombian v Korean affair. The South Americans took the lead from start to finish. Andres Campo was first, Juan Camilo Pere second and the Korean Bong Ju Choi third.
The senior ladies 1000m final was a completely different race with a surprising winner. Eight athletes lined up at the starting line; from the first lap Colombia controlled the race with Jercy Puello working for Kelly Martinez until the last bell lap. Martínez was leading the group until the last straight where she suffered a crash where Puello, Guo Dan from China and Hochen from Taipei were involved just 30 meters before the finish line. The Argentinean Estefania Fasinato avoided the big crash and got a surprising victory for herself and her country. After 5 years, Argentina finally won another gold medal, the last one was in Anyang in 2006 won by Silvina Posada. Melisa Bonnet, also from Argentina, was second and the Korean Yi Seul An was third.

In the senior men’s race, the Colombian team worked very well with Andres Muñoz helping Causil to get another strong victory. The Kiwi Scott Arlidge was second but couldn’t catch Muñoz in the last lap. The Taiwanese Lin Lo Wei got the bronze medal.

After the sprints finals it started raining in Yeosu for the first time this week and the races were delayed for at least one hour waiting for the 3000m Relays finals. As usual, Colombia battled Korea for the gold.
First up were the Jr ladies and Korea was favorite. Taiwan crashed in the first lap and the pack was split. The Germans couldn’t keep up with the leaders and got the bronze. Colombia attacked with two laps to go to beat the local team for the win.

In the Jr man, Colombia tried the same strategy but Korea was too strong. Colombia 2nd and Taiwan 3rd.
In the Sr ladies, Taiwan, Korea and Colombia were the fastest teams. Taiwan attached at the perfect moment which left Korea and Colombia fighting. Korea was disqualified and Taiwan took the victory. Germany got another bronze.

In the St men’s race, Colombia was just too strong with New Zeland out sprinting the Belgians for 3rd.

Wrapping it all up, Korea were the overall champions with 10 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze beating Colombia who had 9 gold, 13 silver and 4 bronze. Taiwan got third with 2 gold, 1 silver and 6 bronze. The US had their worst track results in recent memory finishing with a single bronze.
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