Jooyoung Park with WIAWIS gave Korea its second Scratch Race gold of the Championships after that of Jieun Shin in the Women’s Scratch Race on Wednesday. After an initial attack by South African Ricardo Broxham and France’s Samuel Thibaud was caught by the bunch, Park made the most of a slight reduction in tempo to place his own attack. It was a successful move that saw him catch the bunch with 16 laps of the 200m track still to race.
As Park rode safely to victory in the pack, an apparently inexhaustible Thibaud launched another attack and looked set for silver until a blistering last lap from Poland’s Filip Prokopyszyn saw the Pole claim second, with Thibaud coming in for third.
Newly-crowned UCI Champion Jooyoung Park said his timely attack was thanks to his coach: “He told me to wait until the guys were tired. Then he would make a sign when I had to go. I stayed calm and didn’t panic when the first ones attacked. I was getting information the whole way. Yes, I was very tired but also so excited!”
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