Double joy for Britain

  • Last Updated: November 16 2012, 22:03 GMT

The golden glow of the Olympics continued for Great Britain's women with a double success on the opening day of competition at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Varnish and James power to gold

Jess Varnish and Becky James won the hosts' first gold medal of the opening international competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the women's team sprint, before the women's team pursuit squad also triumphed.

Olympic and world champions Laura Trott and Dani King were joined by Elinor Barker, the world junior road time-trial champion, and won in three minutes 21.043 seconds.

Fastest qualifiers Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins of Australia had to settle for second in 3mins 22.026secs after being overhauled entering the final kilometre.

Barker only drafted in last week in place of the ill Joanna Rowsell, who won world and Olympic gold earlier this year.

In the two-lap event, Varnish and James were fastest qualifiers and clocked 33.428s to win by a handsome margin from Spain's Tania Calvo and Helena Casas (34.102s).

Varnish focused on the specialist starting position at London 2012, but her Games ended in disappointment following an infringement in her takeover to Victoria Pendleton.

In combination with James, the 20-year-old Commonwealth medallist from Wales, the duo reigned supreme with a comprehensive triumph which bodes well for February's Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk.

Varnish told the BBC: "It's really good to be back on top of the podium.

"I want to get as much track time and as many races under my belt as possible. We've got to keep building on all of this."

The 4,000-metre men's event, in which Britain crashed in qualifying, was won by Denmark ahead of Germany.

Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy combined with London 2012 team sprint gold medallists Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny to place second in the shorter event.

Clancy, riding in the position filled by Hoy in August, performed well as the British trio finished in 44.175s in just their second competitive ride in the event following qualifying.

Germany won in 43.887s.


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