Great Britain secured two medals on the final day of the UCI Track World Championships at Cali Colombia yesterday, Laura Trott taking silver in the Omnium and Becky James bronze in the Keirin.
The country ended fourth in the medal table with five medals in total. Two of those were gold – the lowest haul at a world championships since 2006.
Trott began the second and final day of the Omnium six points behind defending champion, Sarah Hammer of the USA. The gap between the two women would remain the same at the end of the day.
Great Britain came away from the opening day of the UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia with a bronze medal in the women’s team sprint. But there was disappointment as the country finished out of the medals in the men’s version of that event, as well as in the men’s team pursuit.
Becky James, who 12 months ago in Minsk won the individual sprint and keirin in the first World Championships of the post-Victoria Pendleton era, partnered Jess Varnish, in the team sprint yesterday.
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Track cyclist Becky James, 22 was last night named as the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sports Woman of the Year for her achievements in 2013.
James missed out on riding at the Olympic Games in 2012, but refocussed her training to target the world championships in Minsk at the beginning of this year. She won world titles in the keirin and sprint and bronze medals in the 500m time trial and team sprint to become the first British rider to win four medals at a single worlds.
Double world track champion Becky James and Great Britain’s world championship-winning team pursuit squad have made the shortlist for the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
James, who comes from Abergavenny, emerged as the successor to multiple world and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton in March this year when she won the sprint and keirin at the UCI Track World Cycling Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Becky James has won her second rainbow jersey in two days, the 21-year-old from Abergavenny adding the keirin to the individual sprint she won yesterday and confirm herself as Britain’s latest star on the track. With Laura Trott taking silver in the omnium today, Great Britain comes away from a world championships expected to mark a transition as the team rebuilds for Rio 2016 on top of the medal table, with five golds, two, silvers and two bronzes.
Becky James has become world champion in the individual sprint, beating Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the final on Saturday evening to win Great Britain’s fourth gold medal of the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk.
James, who had already won bronze medals earlier this week in the team sprint and 500 metre time trial, also goes in the keirin on Sunday, an event in which, like the sprint, she has been junior world champion.
The strength of Welsh cycling has been on display at this year’s UEC European Track Championships in Belarus.
Nine of the of the 20 medal haul for the British team have been won by Welsh riders at the Minsk Velodrome.
Michael Heaven, events and communications officer for Welsh Cycling said: “For Welsh riders to win 45 percent of the GB total is excellent.”