South Australia’s Stephanie Morton is celebrating her most successful world championship campaign which included two podium appearances and a fourth at the Hong Kong Velodrome.
In her final event on Sunday, the women’s keirin, two strong heat wins earlier in the day catapulted Morton into one of the pre-final favourites.
However a blistering ride from German legend Kristina Vogel saw her win a third keirin world crown and amazing ninth career rainbow jersey.
“I’m really happy, fourth is a bit annoying, just off the money, but it is the best (keirin) results I have had at a Worlds, so I will take it,” said Morton, 26, who also scored a personal best in the flying 200m sprint qualifying and notched a team sprint national record.
Earlier in the week. Adelaide’s Morton launched herself onto the podium with a stunning silver in the women’s sprint just week’s after breaking her shoulder. This was just two days after opening the Championships with silver in the team sprint with Kaarle McCulloch.
“I am really happy overall with the Championships, but even if I didn’t get the two medals, it is more about the little things that I came into here wanting to get right, I got right, which resulted in medals.
“So I think that is something you need to do at this level, the little things, because it is the one-percenters that make the difference out on the track.
“This championship finally paid off.”