Cycling: Bronze medal for McGregor

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Yvonne McGregor won the bronze medal in the individual pursuit on the last day of the world championships in Perth. "It was slightly disappointing, but I believe the British team is getting stronger all the time," McGregor said.

Judith Arndt, of Germany, won the gold medal with a time of 3min 38.730sec, beating Natalia Karimova, of Russia, (3:40.090) in the final.

McGregor, beaten by Arndt in the semi-finals, won the bronze medal ahead of Australia's Lucy Tyler-Sharman by virtue of having a quicker losing time in her semi-final.

Florian Rousseau, the defending champion, capped an outstanding performance by France by retaining the prestigious sprint title. Rousseau, 23, a member of France's successful three-man Olympic Sprint team on Friday, beat Jens Fiedler, of Germany, in two straight rides in the last event of the five- day championships.

France, who completed a sprint double after Felicia Ballanger took the women's title on Friday, won a total of six golds, half the number contested, and four more than Italy, their nearest rival in the medals table. The French also collected two bronze medals.

A relative sprint novice, Rousseau, who won the kilometre time trial at the Atlanta Olympics, has decided to focus his attention on the sprint title at the Sydney Games in 2000.