Trott eyes Hoy's record
November 19, 2012 07:11 am
Laura Trott has her sights set on surpassing Sir Chris Hoy as Britain's greatest Olympian after her sensational year ended on a high with omnium victory at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.
The 20-year-old's win in the six-discipline event was Britain's highlight on the final day of competition and double Olympic and world champion Trott, who won team pursuit gold on day one, was the undoubted star in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as she retained her Midas touch.
She has her eye on further success in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and has been backed by Hoy to overhaul his record. "If I don't win another race now until Rio then so be it," she said. "The Olympics is the thing I want to win most and I want to get old Sir Chris Hoy's record."
Trott's omnium win was hard-fought as she came from behind to triumph.
She had to beat Australia's Ashlee Ankudinoff by a minimum of two places in the final event, the 500metres time-trial, to win - and she duly did. Trott clocked 35.867 seconds to place second in the discipline, with Ankudinoff fourth to slip to second overall. Russia's Tamara Balabolina was third.
Trott was last beaten in an omnium at the London Track World Cup in February and won the world title in Melbourne in April.
"I wanted to win - that is all it was," she said.
"I was in silver medal position and I was like 'I'm not having that, no way'. Coming into this being double world and Olympic champion and going home with silver... it just wasn't going to happen. I just love winning, I do, I love the feeling."
Trott combined with Dani King and Elinor Barker to win team pursuit gold on day one, when Jess Varnish and Becky James triumphed in the team sprint.
Commonwealth Games medallist James was fifth in the women's keirin final on day three, while Varnish had to settle for third in the minor final and ninth overall.
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