February 29, 2020 / 5:14 PM / a month ago

Cycling: Friedrich delivers more gold for Germany's women

Cycling - 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Women's 500m Time Trial Final - Berlin, Germany - February 29, 2020. Germany's Lea Sophie Friedrich celebrates after winning. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s women maintained their searing pace at the track world championships as Lea Friedrich won the 500m time trial on Saturday to give the hosts a third gold medal in Berlin.

The 20-year-old, part of the new vanguard of German sprinters, added to the team sprint gold she won earlier in the week with a sizzling two laps of the track.

She clocked 33.121 to end the gold-medal dream of Mexico’s Jessica Salazar by less than a tenth of a second.

It has been a spectacular week for Germany’s women for whom Emma Hinze won the individual sprint on Friday.

Last year’s world championships were disappointing for Germany with the women managing only two medals, a silver and a bronze.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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