News: More Medals for GB at Track Worlds


Women’s Team Pursuit and Andy Tennant brought home more medals for Team GB on day 3 at the Track Worlds in London

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News: More Medals for GB at Track Worlds

Whilst the headline news was the Gold for Jon Dibben in the Points race (click here to read about that)  there were other medals on the night for GB. The Women’s Team Pursuit won Bronze and Andy Tennant beat teammate Owain Doull to the medal in the Individual Pursuit.

Women’s Team Pursuit
The women’s Team Pursuit quartet of Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne had a good second day in the event, setting a national record and winning a Bronze medal.

In the first ride of the day, they came up against China in round 1 and proceeded to show the World what they didn’t on day 1. In a far better display of team pursuiting than their ride in qualifying, the British foursome beat the previous best British Women’s Team Pursuit time set in Mexico in 2013 with a time of 4:16.350.

Then, in the evening with a medal riding on their performance, Trott, Rowsell Shand, Barker and Horne backed up with a Bronze medal winning ride of 4:16.540, beating New Zealand to third place by almost four seconds.

The gold medal was won by the United States in an all-North American final against Canada.

Great Britain’s Joanna Rowsell Shand said she thought the Olympic Team Pursuit event would be a five horse race: “We’ve got five months’ hard work. The Aussies came away fifth after having won last year. They’re going to come back fighting. It’s going to be all to play for. I think it’s going to be one of the best events of the games. Watch out, we’re going to be back going for that gold.”

Trott said afterwards to Sky News: “After yesterday’s fifth we were a bit disappointed and we didn’t show a time we knew we could do, so to put two 4:16s on the board today was really important. To also to break our national record again, that was was set at altitude, to do it here was great and it really did feel like we were riding around as one today. Although we didn’t win gold, we put our foot back in the door and showed that we can ride as a team and we have done a good time that we are proud of.”

Teammates Doulling in the Team Pursuit
In the Individual Pursuit championship final for the Bronze medal, teammates not only in GB but also in Team Wiggins, Andy Tennant and Owain Doull, were fighting it out after both had qualified third (Doull) and fourth (Tennnant) in qualifying.

The British champion Tennant was the eventual winner, his first individual World Championship medal, beating his younger teammate by just 0.175 seconds as he posted a time of 4:18.476 with Doull unfortunate to miss out on a medal after a fifth 4km dash of the week.



Cavendish on the up
In the Men’s Omnium, the Manx Missile Mark Cavendish sits in sixth place at the halfway point of the omnium after three rounds. He saved his best result for last, taking second place in the Elimination race to add to a sixth place finish in the opening Scratch race, and 13th in the Individual Pursuit (4:27.453). With the Kilo, Flying lap and Points race to follow, Cavendish has 84 points, 20 behind current leader Elia Viviani of Italy.

In the Men’s Sprint, the stage has also been set for potentially more medals to come from Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner. Kenny and Skinner safely secured places in the quarter-finals after a morning of convincing performances at Lee Valley VeloPark.

22-year-old Scotsman Skinner claimed the scalp of reigning World Champion Gregory Bauge – who had to earn his quarter-final birth through the repechages – with a gutsy and powerful ride in the 1/8 finals.

The reigning Olympic champion Kenny continued his fine 2016 sprinting form, barely looking troubled on his way to booking a last eight meeting with New Zealander Sam Webster. Skinner will face Russian Denis Dmitriev.

Meanwhile, Women’s sprinter Katy Marchant followed up fifth in the Team Sprint with another fifth place – this time in the 500m time trial. Her time of 34.032 was more than half a second quicker than the time she clocked on her World Championships debut in Paris last year – an improvement of eight places in the rankings.



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