Cyclist Mori ends Japanese drought at worlds

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.