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Cycling | International

Katarzyna Pawlowska © Reuters

Pawlowska retains scratch world title



Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland retained her women's scratch title at the world track cycling championships on Friday.

The 23-year-old finished comfortably ahead of Sofia Arreola of Mexico after 40 laps (10km) of the Minsk Arena.

Yevgenya Romanyuta of Russia took the bronze, ahead of Laurie Berthon of France, who lost out on a medal in the sprint to the line.

Pacesetter Caroline Ryan of Ireland was holding on until 12 laps from the end when the Polish defending champion made her move.

But if Ryan's compatriot Martyn Irvine was able to hold on for gold after adopting a similar tactic in Thursday's men's scratch race, Ryan was out of luck.

Pawlowska bided her time and then broke clear two laps out as an exhausted Ryan slipped back down the field to finish seventh.

Giorgia Bronzini of Italy, road racing champion in 2010 and 2011, was a disappointing 11th.



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