COPENHAGEN (Kyodo) Kazuhiro Mori took third in the men’s scratch race Thursday, making him the first Japanese medalist in 17 years at the Track Cycling World Championships.
The 27-year-old Mori finished the 15-km, 60-lap race behind Danish winner Alex Rasmussen and Colombian runnerup Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal.
“I’m glad I won a medal. This is not because of my cycling skills. I just got into a good position in the race,” Mori said. “I think I pulled away from cyclists behind me at the right time. I didn’t expect things to go so well.”
In 1993, Toshimasa Yoshioka claimed bronze in the men’s keirin at the world championships.