News: Silver for GB at Worlds on Day 1

Great Britain’s Team Sprint riders Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens, Phil Hindes, Joe Truman and Jason Kenny come away with a Silver medal

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News: Silver for GB at Worlds on Day 1

It was a good day for GB on day 1 of the World Track Championships with a Silver medal and a place in the Men’s Team Pursuit Gold medal final.

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In the Team Sprint for Men, GB used five riders over the three rounds to make it into the final for the Gold medal where they were beaten by the home nation, the Netherlands. Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Jason Kenny gave the Netherlands a good nudge in the final, getting within half-a-second of the Gold medal winning trio.

In the round before, Carlin, Kenny and Phil Hindes defeated New Zealand and prior to that in qualifying, Carlin, Owens and Joe Truman were fourth fastest in 43.553 seconds

“I think they have to be pleased with that,” said BBC Sport analyst Chris Boardman. “That was one of the fastest opening laps I’ve ever seen. These are incredible times. They might have got a silver but they have to be pleased with that ride. A World Championship it might be but we have lots of young riders and Great Britain were happy to experiment.”

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Gold on offer for Men’s Team Pursuit
Day 1 also saw two rounds of the Men’s Team Pursuit where a young team guided by a three Olympic champion in Ed Clancy, were fastest in qualifying and then backed up with a win in round 1 to book their place in the Gold and Silver medal final.

Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi and world championships debutants Ethan Hayter and Charlie Tanfield qualified fastest in 3:55.714 to set up a first round tie with Germany and the same quartet saw off the challengers in 3:56.335.

In the Women’s Team Pursuit, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Emily Nelson and multi Olympic champion Laura Kenny were second fastest in their qualifying ride behind the USA to make it a good solid start in that event. The Women’s Team Sprint saw worlds debutant Lauren Bate – a double medallist at the junior world championships – joining Katy Marchant and they finished the competition with sixth place overall.

Day 1 also saw a bunch race in the form of the Women’s Scratch race where Katie Archibald was 6th behind winner Kirsten Wild.






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