Track Cycling World Cup: Owain Doull wins scratch gold as Jason Kenny takes sprint silver

Last Updated: 07/12/13 6:28pm

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Owain Doull lapped the rest of the field on the way to scratch gold

Owain Doull lapped the rest of the field on the way to scratch gold

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Owain Doull surged to a gold medal in the men's scratch race on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, as Jason Kenny claimed silver in the men's individual sprint.

Doull, 20, lapped the field in the 15km event alongside King Lok Cheung and then beat the Hong Kong rider to victory.

It rounded off a strong 2013 for the Welshman, who had already won World Cup and European championship gold medals in the team pursuit earlier in the autumn.

Kenny fell to a 2-0 defeat to Australia's Matthew Glaetzer in the final of the men's individual sprint, but his silver medal nevertheless represented a welcome return to the podium.

The 25-year-old had failed to reach the last 16 in the first of the season's three World Cups in Manchester last month, and although he qualified only ninth fastest this time around, his performances improved.

Kenny on podium

He defeated Russia's Denis Dmitriev in the first knockout round and then swept aside Francois Pervis 2-0 in the quarter-finals, despite the Frenchman having earlier set a new world record for the flying lap in qualifying.

Britain's medals so far

  • Golds
  • Women's team pursuit (Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald)
  • Men's scratch race (Owain Doull)
  • Silvers
  • Men's individual sprint (Jason Kenny)
  • Men's team sprint (Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Matt Crampton)
  • Women's team sprint (Becky James and Jess Varnish)
  • Women's individual pursuit (Elinor Barker)
  • Bronzes
  • Men's individual pursuit (Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Sam Harrison)
  • Women's keirin (Becky James)

Another 2-0 victory in the semi-finals, over New Zealand's Edward Dawkins, sent Kenny through to the gold-medal final, but there Glaetzer proved too strong.

It was Britain's second silver medal of the day after Elinor Barker had earlier finished second in the women's individual pursuit behind Australia's Rebecca Wiasak with a time of 1min 12.486sec.

Barker, 19, who won gold in the team pursuit on day one, had booked herself a place in the gold-medal race by qualifying fastest from the 12-rider field.

Becky James handed Britain a fourth medal of day two and eighth of the meeting so far by claiming bronze in the women's keirin.

James takes bronze

The reigning world champion needed a repechage to progress past the first round and then finished runner-up in her second-round heat to book her place in the final, where Germany's Kristina Vogel took gold and Hong Kong's Wai Sze Lee silver.

In the men's omnium, Britain's Ed Clancy won the final event, the 1km time trial, to claim fifth place overall. He had earlier won the first event, the flying lap, but had fallen down the standings in the bunch events. Australia's Luke Davison took gold.

In the women's omnium, Laura Trott lies second overall after three of the six events, three points behind leader Sarah Hammer, of the United States.

The Olympic champion finished sixth and then fourth in the first two events, before climbing into second place by winning the third event, the elimination race.

In the women's 500m time trial, Jess Varnish finished eighth as Australia's Anna Meares broke her own world record on the way to claiming gold.

The Track Cycling World Cup will conclude on Saturday, with the men's keirin, women's individual sprint and men's omnium among the medals to be decided.

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