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Kouame gives France second title

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France picked up their second gold medal at the track cycling world championships on home soil when Marie-Divine Kouame claimed the 500 metres title on Saturday

The 20-year-old Kouame clocked 32.835 seconds – the only rider under 33 seconds – to finish ahead of Germany’s Emma Hinze, who had the best time in the qualifications.

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China’s Yufang Guo took third place.

No Frenchwoman had won the 500m title since Felicia Ballanger in 1999 in Berlin.

Kouame’s triumph came a day after compatriot Mathilde Gros stunned the mighty Germans in the individual sprint.

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