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Track cyclists left behind in Olympic sprint

Switzerland's track cyclists are still waiting to make their mark on the world championships in Antwerp, after another barren day on Thursday.

The young Swiss trio of Martial Heer, Michael Lato and Philipp Michel were unable to make it into the semi-finals of the Olympic sprint. By finishing with the 13th fastest time of the day, though, the three teenagers did reach their tournament target of a place in the top 15.

The Swiss cycling association has made no secret of the fact that it is treating this year's world championships as an opportunity for some of its younger riders to get vital tournament experience.

The Olympic sprint discipline is one in which the association is particularly keen to improve. This year marks the first time the Swiss have even managed to qualify for the world championship category.

Lato suffered disappointment in his individual discipline on Wednesday, finishing 20th out of 21 riders in the kilometre time trial.

Zurich's Franco Marvulli fared a good deal better, finishing eighth after reaching the semi-finals of the individual pursuit.

swissinfo with agencies

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