Trott triumphs as GB win more medals

07 April 2012 / 17:01

The irrepressible Laura Trott was triumphant as Great Britain won medals of all three colours on the penultimate day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne in a promising show of force ahead of the London Olympics.

Trott's triumph in the women's omnium was the highlight of the day as the 19-year-old from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire - a team pursuit world champion and world record setter on day two - claimed her first individual crown.

"I think I'm setting myself up well for London," Trott said. "I'm pretty shocked. The world record and World Championship in the team pursuit would've been enough for me. To come here and win the omnium I'm just over the moon."

"I didn't expect to win. I thought maybe I would pick up a medal, because I had been in the World Cups, but to win - what more can I ask for?"

The performance suggested Trott, who will be 20 on April 24, can win Olympic gold in the event in August.

Trott finished second in the flying lap, eighth in the points race and won the elimination race on Friday, before placing third in the three-kilometre individual pursuit and 13th in the scratch race on Saturday, marking eventual runner-up Annette Edmondson of Australia throughout.

A win in the final event, the 500m time-trial, sealed overall victory.

Trott's unbeaten run in the omnium's final event dates back to December 2010, but she believes her performance in the penultimate discipline was the key to her success.

"It's such a hit-or-miss race, you never know what's going to happen," Trott, who finished one place ahead of Edmondson in the scratch race, said. "My tactic was just to follow the Australian around all day long and when she started to move just make sure that I nipped her on the line. It was a closer race than I wanted it to be.

"In the 500 I just did what I always do. I nailed it."