Track Cycling World Championships: Laura Trott and Becky James win silver and bronze medals
By Matt Westby. Last Updated: 03/03/14 11:33am
Laura Trott won silver for the second year in succession in the omnium
Laura Trott had to settle for silver in the women's omnium on the final day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia as Becky James claimed her second bronze medal of the week in the keirin.
Trott went into the final two of six omnium events needing to overturn a seven-point deficit to runaway leader and defending champion Sarah Hammer, but could only claw one of those points back and consequently finished runner-up for the second year in succession.
Becky James, left, won bronze in the keirin
She said afterwards: "I am actually happy with how this has turned out. Although I would have absolutely loved to have won, I'm really pleased with how I got on and how I am improving in each event."
Defending champion James finished a creditable third in a fiercely contested keirin final won by Germany's Kristina Vogel, who has now claimed three gold medals at these world championships following previous victories in the individual and team sprints. Britain's Jess Varnish was knocked out in the semi-finals.
"I'm really happy," said James, who also won bronze in the team sprint. "It is always disappointing not to win, but Kristina Vogel has been flying all season. She deserved it."
Girls fly the flag
Trott and James's podium finishes took Britain's final medal tally for the week to five, all of which have been won by women.
It is the first time since 1998 that Britain's men have failed to claim a medal at a world championships, but British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton insisted there was no reason to panic.
He said: "We should rejoice in the fact that our women have done so well here. They stand up and they are counted every time.
"I would just like to think the boys will take inspiration from what the girls have done off the back of winning the Olympics and then going on to win another couple of world titles. They should be an inspiration to the men."
Francois Pervis kissed the track on which he won three golds
The British men's woes started when the team pursuit and sprints squads failed to progress past their respective qualifying rounds on Wednesday and continued when Jason Kenny finished only fifth in the sprint and keirin, with Ed Clancy achieving the same result in the omnium.
"Truth be told, this whole week has been a bit of a nightmare," Clancy admitted. "Team pursuit, it started off there."
Kenny added: "There is no point worrying about it; there is no point losing any sleep. We will plan our training and try to rectify all the issues this year and hopefully next year we will be back in front."
Francois Pervis had no such problems in winning medals. The 29-year-old collected his third gold of the championships by defeating defending champion Stefan Botticher 2-0 in the final of the men's individual sprint.
The Frenchman has dominated the sprint competitions in Cali, with his other victories coming in the keirin and 1km time trial. Russia's Denis Dmitriev defeated Australia's Matthew Glaetzer 2-0 to win sprint bronze.
Britain's Owain Doull and Jon Dibben finished last in the men's Madison, which was won by Spain's David Muntaner and Albert Torres.