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Emadi finishes fourth in Minsk

GB's Kian Emadi had to settle for fourth in the men's one-kilometre time-trial on his Track Cycling World Championships debut in Minsk.

In an event removed from the Olympic programme following Sir Chris Hoy's win in Athens in 2004, Emadi - making his debut senior World Championships appearance - clocked one minute 01.756 seconds to place provisional first with eight riders to go.

Francois Pervis, the penultimate rider to go, won in 1min 00.221secs, with Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand second in 1.00.869 and Joachim Eilers of Germany third in 1:01.450.

The 20-year-old Emadi will now ride in the men's team sprint on day two alongside Olympic champions Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, taking Hoy's man-three slot in the three-lap event.

Emadi's time was short of his personal best, set at altitude in Colombia, but he was content with his display.

The Stoke rider said: "I'm pleased with fourth. I'm pleased with my

performance, but Pervis, Van Velthooven and Eilers are top-class guys.''

The team sprint is Emadi's main focus for the week and he is confident of combining well with the Olympic champions.

Emadi said: "There's good signs in training. Everyone's stepping up and

getting faster as the competition has come closer.

"I'll see how I feel tomorrow, take it as it comes and give it a good shot.

We'll see how it goes.''