News: GB Women Win Gold


As expected, Great Britain foursome Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell won Gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit

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GB Women Win Gold

In a final that was a lot closer than expected based on the dominance of the GB girls this season, Great Britain won the team’s first Gold medal of this year’s Worlds. The British quartet of Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell qualified fastest by two seconds in blustery conditions at the open sided ‘indoor’ velodrome.

The final saw Canada get off the line quickly but at altitude (1000 metres) that was always a dangerous tactic to play and they paid the price quickly, losing a rider before the GB foursome started to come back. Pacing their effort well in the conditions, Trott, Archibald, Barker and Rowsell hit the front in the final half of the shoot out and crossed the line clear of their rivals time to win the title yet again.


“It’s a tough track to ride but we are over the moon to get the win,” Rowsell told BBC Sport. “At the end, Elinor changed down the straight and I hadn’t actually made it onto the back yet,” said Trott, who, like Rowsell was celebrating a fourth world title in the event. “I was shouting because I thought if she turned any quicker, she’d take me out and then it’d be game over if I take her down. You get lucky sometimes I guess and that’s what happened.”

Barker explained “I just could not hold those wheels. I completely parked it up. It was a split-second decision. I just had to get out of the way and let the girls carry on with it. It was that close that we just would’ve lost it if I’d stayed on the front. The change to 4K really suited the Canadians.They really pushed us”.

Katie Archibald meanwhile said “We’ve been pretty close for a while now, the second round of the World Cup it was quite obvious they’d closed the gap quite a bit, so it’s more exciting.”

Australia won bronze beating Poland.

Keirin Crash

In other events:
— Becky James set a new PB to finish 7th in the 500 metre TT
— Victoria Williamson was 10th.
— Jon Dibben was 14th in the Men’s Scratch race after a late lap taking move failed to come off.
— Defending champion Jason Kenny was 5th in the Men’s Keirin after colliding with Germany’s Max Levy.
— Matt Crampton was 7th in the Keirin after winning the Minor Final
— Kian Emadi failed to get past the first round in the Keirin
— Owain Doull was 15th in Men’s Pursuit
— Ryan Mullen (racing for Ireland) was 4th in the Pursuit

Tweet of the night came from GB coach Iain Dyer reflected on the Keirins. “2 warnings, 2 DQ’s, 3 crashes, 1 relegation, 1 broken collar bone, 3 medallists, 1 bike in crowd at 74kph. Jason Kenny made the final until a rival collided with him”


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