Marchant eyes Rio team pursuit spot

After making the switch from heptathlete to cyclist, Katy Marchant says her eyes are firmly fixed on Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Velodrome.

The 21-year-old is targeting a spot on the team sprint squad for the 2016 Olympics after switching disciplines almost two years ago.

There will be plenty of competition standing in Marchant’s way with the likes of Becky James and Jess Varnish likely to be in the frame.

However, Marchant believes the race for Rio is wide open and wants to seize the golden opportunity.

“Rio was my target in the heptathlon but I’ve definitely accelerated my progress since I became a cyclist,” Marchant told the Yorkshire Post.

“It’s a very professional programme and a great environment.

“The way in to the Olympics is team sprint, so I’m focusing primarily on that between now and Rio, and anything else is a bonus.

“Becky (James) and Jess (Varnish) are really encouraging and helpful. Becky is injured at the minute so the man-two spot is available and it’s anybody’s game.

“This is an opportunity for me to poke my nose in.”

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