By Martyn Herman
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s women maintained their searing pace at the track world championships as Lea Friedrich won the 500m time trial on Saturday to give the hosts a third gold medal in Berlin.
The 20-year-old, part of the new vanguard of German sprinters, added to the team sprint gold she won earlier in the week with a sizzling two laps of the track.
She clocked 33.121 to end the gold-medal dream of Mexico’s Jessica Salazar by less than a tenth of a second.
It has been a spectacular week for Germany’s women for whom Emma Hinze won the individual sprint on Friday.
Last year’s world championships were disappointing for Germany with the women managing only two medals, a silver and a bronze.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)