At the UCI Junior World Track Championships in Moscow last week (17-21 August 2011), Scottish Commonwealth Games cyclist John Paul came out on top of the podium for Great Britain in an impressive performance in the Junior Men’s Sprint competition.
Having battled through the early stages, John Paul faced the formidable German Max Neiderlag, who broke the Junior 200m world record in qualifying. John bucked the qualifying form in the first of the semi final match sprints. Neiderlag squared the match in the second sprint, forcing a decider, which Paul won to progress to the final, where Paul faced Frenchman Julien Palma.
The diminutive Paul didn’t mess about in the final, beating his opponent 2-0 to grab Sprint Gold. It was also a straight 2-0 in the bronze final, with the scintillating German Neiderlag beating Russian Nikita Shurshin for bronze.
This concludes a fantastic summer of racing for the 18 year old from Oxfordshire who also took double Gold at the European Junior Track Championships in the Sprint and the Kierin.