Laura Trott on course for second gold medal

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Laura Trott was well placed in her bid for a second gold medal of the Track Cycling World Championships in London ahead of the last of six omnium disciplines on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, whose scratch race gold was one of three so far for Great Britain, had 184 points entering the concluding points race after consolidating her advantage in the fourth and fifth disciplines.

Laurie Berthon of France was second on 172 points and Sarah Hammer of the United States third on 166 points ahead of the points race, where the points accrued are added to the riders’ totals.

Trott was third in the 500metres time-trial and Hammer, the joint overnight leader, 10th.

It meant Trott opened up a 14-point lead ahead of the flying lap, the penultimate discipline.

Trott, world and Olympic omnium champion in 2012, was third and Hammer fifth, but Berthon’s second second place of the morning bumped her up to second overall.

Jason Kenny, who won sprint gold on Saturday, safely negotiated his Keirin first round.

Two riders – Holland’s Matthijs Buchli and Matthew Baranoski of the USA – failed to finish after a crash which Kenny narrowly avoided.

Maximilian Levy of Germany won the heat ahead of Kenny in second, meaning he advanced to the second round at the first attempt, with the remaining riders dropping into the repechage.

Kenny won the 2013 title in the event, which begins behind a motor-paced Derny bike.

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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