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Three golds for Britain at the UCI Track World Cup in Berlin

Daniel Ostanek
3 Dec 2018

Women shine in the Team Pursuit, Omnium and Madison

Great Britain took second place in the medals table at the UCI Track World Cup in Berlin. Gold medals in the women’s Team Pursuit, Omnium and Madison – as well as silver in the men’s Madison – meant it was a successful weekend at the third round of the tournament.

The quartet of Katie Archibald, Emily Kay, Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson got things off to a flying start on Friday, easing through the opening rounds before facing off against Australia in the gold medal matchup.

It was a close-run thing, with just over two-tenths separating the two, but Britain sealed the win with a time of 4:16.153.

The British men, led by Ed Clancy, had a worse time of things, getting knocked out by Australia in their first round matchup.

Another disappointment came on Saturday as Jason Kenny was knocked out early in the men’s Keirin.

It wouldn’t last though, with Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood taking silver in the men’s Madison later on. The duo nabbed the men’s only medal of the meet, behind Denmark.

Meanwhile, Archibald was dominant in the women’s Omnium winning the first three events and overcoming a crash in the Points Race to take gold 14 points over silver medallist, Italy’s Letizia Paternoster.

Sunday saw another gold for Great Britain, as Kenny and Nelson took their second golds of the event in the women’s Madison.

Kenny was a late replacement for Archibald, who withdrew following her crash in the Omnium. The duo ran it close, taking double points on the final lap to finish on 37 points, nine clear of the silver medallist Danes.