News: Medals for GB on Day 2 of Euros


Two bronze and two silver medals for the young Great Britain team at the European Track Championships in Paris

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News: Medals for GB on Day 2 of Euros

Two bronze and two silver medals for the young Great Britain team at the European Track Championships in Paris.

Top performances of the night came from Elinor Barker who returned from her post-Rio break to finish second in the women’s Scratch race ahead of World Silver medallist in the Road Race Kirsten Wild and the Men’s Team Sprint (Jack carlin, Ryan Owens and Joseph Truman) who were also second in their event.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Great Britain Team Pursuit squads rode their way to bronze medals.

After her Rio Olympic debut in the winning Women’s Team Pursuit squad, Elinor Barker proved she was still in superb form as she returned to international duty in the Scratch race. The Welsh rider was the first across the line but took Silver, as the Lithuanian rider Ausrine Trebaite was already well ahead on the track. In the Team Sprint for men, young trio Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman showed that they meant business in the qualifying round of the men’s team sprint.

The British youngsters set the second fastest qualifying time of 43.494, which would pit them against the seventh placed Czech Republic in the first round. The first round was a very clear victory for the British riders, as they set a faster time than in their qualifier to progress to the gold-medal final.

In the final, Poland were quicker from the get go, finishing with a time of 43.211 to the Brits 43.398, times which not so many years ago would win world titles. Germany was third.  ... continued after advert


In the Women’s Team Sprint, Ellie Richardson and Rachel James set the fifth fastest time, setting up a first round match with Lithuania, the fourth fastest team. In the first round, despite leading at the bell, the British pair were squeezed out of the finals by less than half a second and went on to finish fifth.

“We improved on our time from qualifying, so we can’t complain, I’m really happy with that,” said James. Richardson then added: “I didn’t expect to be here and was a late call up so just to get through these qualifying rounds is more than I could have hoped for.”

Team Pursuit
The Women’s team pursuit squad, after setting the third fastest time in qualifying on Wednesday, rode their first round heat against second fastest qualifiers Poland and the race went to form, with Poland just edging out the quartet of Dannielle Khan, Emily Nelson, Manon Lloyd and Emily Kay.

The GB quartet however set the fastest time of all the other teams which set up a ride off for the bronze medal. There, they came up against the French but the British riders, Emily Kay, Dannielle Khan, Manon Lloyd and Emily Nelson were way quicker, finishing with a time of 4.26.7 to the French teams 4.33.4.

The Men’s team stepped up in their finals after only qualifying sixth fastest on Wednesday. The quartet, which had switched Olympic champion Steven Burke for Senior Academy rider Ollie Wood, won their heat against Belgium and then had to wait nervously to see whether their time would be good enough for the Bronze medal race. It was.

The final then went even better for the British quartet of Matthew Bostock, Oli Wood, Kian Emadi and Mark Stewart as they executed a catch of their Dutch opponents to claim a second Team Pursuit Bronze medal for Great Britain.



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