Twice cycling champion of the world, Serghei Kopylov, won the Russian National Winter Sprint championships in Krylatskoye on January 31.
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2. TV PAN first stage of final 0.54
3. SV and TV PAN Crowd watch as second stage of final takes place (2 shots) 1.27
4. SV and TV PAN Crowd watch the third stage of finals (2 shots) 1.48
5. SV and SV PULL BACK GV of award ceremony, Kopylov first and Ghelashvili second (2 shots) 2.00
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Background: KRYLATSKOYE, U.S.S.R.
Twice cycling champion of the world, Serghei Kopylov, won the Russian National Winter Sprint championships in Krylatskoye on January 31. His progress through to the finals however was not automatic. First, Kopylov had to beat the world youth champion, Nikolai Kovsh. And just a few days earlier, in another competition, Kovsh had defeated Kopylov on the same track ... his first loss in three years. However, in the semi-finals, Kopylov's tactics and speed proved superior to the younger Kovsh. In the final, which was raced in two stages, Kopylov came up against Enzar Ghelashvili. Once again, Kopylov's tactics and personal endurance were the deciding factors. Kopylov, the world record holder of the 1000 metres time trials, and the 200 metres flying start, had won another gold medal, this time in his country's National Sprint championships. The silver went to Enzar Ghelashvili and bronze to Nikolai Kovsh.
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