Track Cycling World Championships: Jason Kenny and Jess Varnish miss out on medals
Last Updated: 02/03/14 11:17am
Jason Kenny was beaten 2-0 by Francois Pervis in the men's sprint quarter-finals
Jason Kenny, Jess Varnish, Ed Clancy and Katie Archibald all missed out on medals as Britain suffered a fruitless fourth day at the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia.
Kenny struggled his way to the quarter-finals of the men's individual sprint but had no answer to the rich form and raw speed of France's Francois Pervis in the last eight, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat.
His exit brings to a close a difficult championships in which he finished fifth in the keirin and formed part of the British trio that failed to get past the qualifying round in the team sprint.
It is the first time since Kenny made his world championship debut in 2008 that he has not won a medal at the season's annual showpiece meeting.
"It's fractions," said Kenny, who finished fifth in all three events he entered. "Unfortunately we are at the wrong end of those fractions. We want to be fractions in front instead of fractions behind. The three fifths tend to speak for themselves. I feel a little bit behind the top runners."
Varnish had qualified for the semi-finals of the women's individual sprint by seeing off friend and fellow Briton Becky James in Friday's quarter-final, but was beaten 2-0 in the last four by China's Tianshi Zhong.
She consequently dropped into the bronze-medal final against another Chinese rider, Junhong Lin, but once again suffered a 2-0 defeat and ended the competition in fourth place. Germany's Kristina Vogel defeated Zhong 2-0 to claim gold.
"It's disappointing not to be on the podium," Varnish said. "I thought it was going to be doable today but it just wasn't there for me."
Ed Clancy won three events in the omnium, but finished fifth
Clancy had to settle for fifth in the men's omnium, despite winning three of the six events, including both of the last two.
Clancy's late surge
The 28-year-old Yorkshireman was sixth overnight but fell down the standings with an 11th-place finish in the fourth event, the individual pursuit.
He recovered by winning both the scratch race and the 1km time trial - both in brilliant style - but it wasn't enough to lift him on to the podium. "It's the pursuit where we lost ground here today," Clancy said. France's Thomas Boudat won the gold medal.
Archibald narrowly missed out on a place on the podium in the women's points race, finishing fourth after a strong and positive performance. Australia's Amy Cure won gold. Archibald said: "Fourth is a positive for me, but it is a shame."
There was also a blow for Britain in the women's omnium when Laura Trott reached the halfway point on the competition six points down on leader and defending champion Sarah Hammer, of the United States.
Trott finished third in the opening two events but then came an uncharacteristically low fourth in the elimination race, which leaves her second overall but with plenty of work to do if she is to regain her world title on Sunday.