Trott in omnium medal contention at World Championships

21 February 2015 / 22:39

Laura Trott put herself in contention for an omnium medal in an otherwise frustrating penultimate day for Great Brtiain at the Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.

Trott opened up with a 13th-place finish in the opening scratch race, before the double Olympic champion claimed victory in the individual pursuit with a time of 3:32.798 minutes.

This means the 22-year-old, who has taken silver from this event at the last two World Championships, sits third on 96 points, two behind Australian Annette Edmondson and six adrift of Dutch rider Kirsten Wild with just one day remaining.

It ensured Great Britain finished the day on a high after Olympic champion Jason Kenny and compatriot Callum Skinner were knocked out of the individual sprint in the 1/16 finals.

Kenny was caught off guard by Venezuelan Hersony Canelon who lead the race out and was able to fend off the Brit in the final 30 metres.

Skinner was drawn against three-time sprint world champion Gregory Bauge and attacked from the off but was unable to hold off the Frenchman, who rounded the Scot on the final lap for victory.

"I just got caught napping. The margins are so fine,” Kenny said. "It's not concentration. Perhaps you could say a little bit of confidence.

"We can turn it around in 18 months,” Kenny added of the Rio Olympic Games. “It's not like we're 100 miles away. There's all the time in the world.

"There's quite a long way to go and obviously that is our ultimate goal - to get on it and turn around those margins and stick our nose back in front.”

Meanwhile, Jon Dibben finished the men’s omnium in 12th, team pursuit silver medallist Andy Tennant was fifth in the individual pursuit and Elinor Barker was 18th in the scratch race.

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