Team GB claim silver and bronze medals on day two of Track World Cup in Glasgow

Last Updated: 17/11/12 10:39pm

  • Share:
Kenny crashes out of the men's keirin final

Kenny crashes out of the men's keirin final

Sky Bet

Great Britain had to settle for a silver and bronze medal on day two of the Track World Cup in Glasgow after Jason Kenny and Jess Varnish both missed out on gold.

Kenny had won each of his heats on the way through the men's keirin final, but crashed out in spectacular style after touching wheels with eventual winner Stefan Boetticher as he tried to round the German in the final lap.

Varnish had defeated team sprint partner Becky James to earn herself a place in the last two of the individual sprint, but the 21 year old was unable to claim her second success in as many days after being outpaced in both her final heats by Germany's Kristina Vogel.

After dismounting her bike Varnish was keen to stress the positives, and told BBC Sport: "I've absolutely loved today and I'm pretty happy with second place.

"I've got to step things up to another level now and win finals but this is a step in the right direction."

James put her semi-final disappointment behind her by taking the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze.

John Dibben was also in action for Team GB in the men's omnium and won the individual pursuit in the afternoon session before finishing in fifth place overall after Lucas Liss had taken top honours for Germany.

Dibben told BBC Sport: "It's been a learning experience and I've really enjoyed it. It was my first time racing in front of a big crowd and they were a massive help. It's been a big step up riding in the senior ranks and I'll keep working now and see how far I can get."

The men's individual pursuit was won by Denmark's Lasse Hansen in four minutes 20.875 seconds, with Ireland's Martyn Irvine second in 4min 22.745sec, a significant personal best.

Irvine, who competed for Northern Ireland at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and hopes to do so again in Glasgow, said: "In the Olympic Games I was 10 seconds slower but I'm just really motivated, living like a monk, and doing everything right has paid off.

"I'd love to go sub-20 (4:20) in the worlds (in February) and I'm here to see the set-up. Now I've done three good rides here I'm really motivated to come back and get another medal in Glasgow."

World and Olympic champion Laura Trott ended the evening on a high by winning the elimination race in the women's omnium and that triumph saw here climb to fourth place overall, just one point behind the leading trio with three events remaining.

  • Share: