News – More Gold for Laura Trott


The winning machine that is Laura Trott triumphed again in the Women’s Omnium, four years after Olympic Gold on the same track

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News – More Gold for Laura Trott

Laura Trott produced a superb display of consistency to outwit rival Sarah Hammer and reclaim the omnium world title that had eluded her since 2012. Trott was never out of the top three throughout the six-event-discipline and consolidated her victory with a show of strength in the Points race, reclaiming the title she last won four years ago in Melbourne, just months before claiming the Olympic title.

“It’s taken me four years to get this jersey back in the omnium,” said a delighted Trott. “I cannot thank (coach) Paul Manning enough. The work he’s put into this omnium for me this year has just been incredible. Last year I was so disappointed to get silver again and to have such a bad scratch race – it just spurred us on and made us think about it. It’s down to him that I’m back in the rainbow jersey.”

“It’s about executing your plan,” Trott continued. “And if one race goes wrong in the omnium, that’s it – you’re a lot of points down. “Laurie Berthon and Sarah Hammer were fighting over one point the whole time and I didn’t want to be in that position. I wanted to have a lead and with 12 points I thought it might be a bit touch-and-go. But once I took that first set of five points I was settled then – I was into that race and I loved every minute of it.”



Trott lay in second place behind Hammer after Saturday’s events; third in the scratch followed by a brace of second places in the Pursuit and Elimination. The 2012 world and Olympic champion took third place in the 500-metre time trial and flying lap as Hammer’s consistency faltered, leaving her with a 12 point advantage over Laurie Berthon of France ahead of the points race.

Trott came out of her corner fighting, taking maximum points in the first sprint and extending her lead over Berthon and Hammer. The Briton scored again in the third sprint, breaking free of her French and American rivals who marked her closely.

The cat and mouse continued, the halfway sprint seeing Trott, Hammer and Berthon taking a 1-2-3. But the Essex-born rider was slowly edging away and despite Hammer winning the following sprint, the American was 20 points behind her rival with four sprints remaining.

Trott nudged her tally over the 200 point mark with two sprints to go and began to close in on gold. The final two sprints saw Hammer and Berthon gain points but their target was now silver or bronze, knowing that it was too late to prevent Trott taking a second gold medal at the championships and a seventh world title.



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