European Track Championships: Laura Trott wins omnium gold medal on countback

Last Updated: 24/10/13 10:02am

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Laura Trott claimed the European omnium title for the second time

Laura Trott claimed the European omnium title for the second time

Laura Trott won gold in the omnium and Jason Kenny took silver in the keirin on the final day of the European Track Championships in the Netherlands.

Trott edged out home favourite Kirsten Wild on countback to claim the title for the second time, but Kenny could not follow suit after being pipped by Germany's Maximilian Levy.

Jason Kenny had to settle for silver

They were Britain's seventh and eighth medals of the three-day championships in Apeldoorn.

Both Trott and Wild finished the six-event omnium on 15 points, but the Briton took the title due to having a lower overall time from the flying lap, individual pursuit and 500m time trial.

Narrow margins for Trott

The duo faced off against each other in the final event of the competition, the 500m time trial, with Trott trailing Wild in the overall standings by five points and needing to finish at least five places in front of her rival to be in with a chance of winning gold.

The Olympic champion recorded the second-fastest time in the field, but Wild managed to clock the seventh-fastest time to ensure both riders finished level on points.

British medals

  • Golds
  • Men's team pursuit - Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant and Owain Doull
  • Women's team pursuit - Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell
  • Women's omnium - Laura Trott
  • Silvers
  • Women's points race - Dani King
  • Men's keirin - Jason Kenny
  • Bronzes
  • Women's team sprint - Jess Varnish and Becky James
  • Men's sprint - Jason Kenny
  • Women's sprint - Jess Varnish

However, Trott was declared overall winner having been four-tenths of a second quicker over the three timed events. Belgium's Jolien d'Hoore took the bronze.

It was Trott's second gold of the three-day championships after winning the team pursuit alongside Dani King, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald and Joanna Rowsell on Friday.

Reigning keirin world champion Kenny qualified in second place in his heat and then positioned himself towards the back of the six-man field at the start of the final.

Kenny misses out

He moved forward on the penultimate lap, but Levy had taken up station at the head of the race and resisted a strong charge from Kenny on the last lap to clinch the win. France's Francois Pervis finished third.

In the men's omnium, Ireland's Martyn Irvine claimed the bronze medal behind winner Viktor Manakov, of Russia, and runner-up Tim Veldt, of the Netherlands. Britain's Sam Harrison finished a creditable fifth.

In the women's keirin, world champion Becky James failed to qualify for the final, but secured seventh place by winning the final for places seven to 12.

The Netherlands' Elis Ligtlee took the gold, narrowly edging out Germany's Kristina Vogel into silver and France's Virginie Cueff into bronze.

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