Rowsell claims second gold

  • Last Updated: November 2 2013, 23:31 GMT

Joanna Rowsell claimed individual glory at the Track World Cup on Saturday with Great Britain's only gold medal of day two in Manchester.

Joanna Rowsell won the individual pursuit
Joanna Rowsell won the individual pursuit

Rowsell, team pursuit gold medallist on day one, triumphed in the individual pursuit, with Katie Archibald, riding for Scotland-Braveheart.com, taking third.

World champions Becky James and Jason Kenny missed out on top spot on the podium, placing third and fourth in the women's sprint and men's Keirin, respectively.

There was another gold for the partisan crowd to cheer, though, as Ireland's Martyn Irvine won the men's points race.

Rowsell won the three-kilometre individual pursuit in three minutes 34.904 seconds, beating Australia's Rebecca Wiasak (3mins 36.830secs) in the final.

"I'm so glad that all the hard work's paid off this weekend," Rowsell said.

"Having my tonsils out and breaking my collarbone were big setbacks for me.

"I wouldn't say I'm anywhere near top level; there's a lot more to come from me. I'm going to get quicker.

"I'm looking forward to the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games."

Archibald took bronze in 3:37.093 after a well-paced ride against Eugenia Bujak of Poland and was thrilled.

"I was really happy," said the 20-year-old from Milngavie, who won scratch race bronze on day one.

"I could hear the commentator and three laps into it I was thinking profane things. It was a case of not panicking.

"I played it out and kept my aerodynamic fingers crossed."

Kenny, wearing the rainbow jersey as world champion, appeared strong in qualifying in the Keirin, the event which begins behind a motor-paced Derny bike.

But in the final the 25-year-old from Bolton was never in contention, leaving himself too much to do on the final lap as France's Francois Pervis won gold.

"I never really got into it. I was just a passenger," Kenny said.

"I had a few tiny opportunities. I just didn't take them.

"I ended up following wheels and the pace was really high. It's making overtaking really tricky."

James was beaten by eventual winner Kristina Vogel in the sprint semi-final - a rerun of February's Track Cycling World Championships final - setting up a duel with Olympic champion Anna Meares.

The Australian was racing in her first international competition since the London 2012 Olympics, when she beat her perennial rival Victoria Pendleton to gold.

The ride-off for bronze continued a battle with James - Meares edged a then 18-year-old James to Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi three years' ago - but was won by the Welshwoman.

James said: "Today was about focusing on the tactics for me. I wanted to get a solid ride from the front and a solid ride from the back.

"Whatever the outcome was, I just wanted to get the racing right.

"To come away with two really good races and a bronze medal I'm really happy.

"It's amazing having Anna back. She's such an incredible rider.

"She's only just coming back, but there's nothing better than getting a good win in."

Meares had five months off following London 2012 and expects James to be a formidable obstacle in her bid to retain her sprint title at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Meares said: "I thought I'd get a break from the British after Vicky retired. They just seem to be churning out world champions.

"This competition for me was always going to be the benchmark for where I'm at and where I need to go for Rio.

"It's nice to get a taste of where these girls have come up to.

"Becky was always going to be a handful; she's definitely going to be a big challenge."

Vogel beat Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong 2-0 in the final.

Irvine had to win the final sprint to take gold in a points race in which Britain's Owain Doull finished fourth.

Irvine said: "I rode smart for the first half of the race, I didn't want to race too much, but then I started to use my head.

"I looked around and other guys were grimacing more than me. I rolled off the front and got in the groove. It was all or nothing."

Laura Trott was sixth halfway through the women's omnium.

The Olympic champion placed sixth in the flying lap, seventh in the points race and second in the elimination race with three disciplines to come.

Jon Dibben finished fifth in the corresponding men's event, won by Jasper De Buyst of Belgium.

Britain top the medal table with three golds and six medals in all entering the final day. Germany are second with all three of their medals golds.

Highlights of day three are Trott's omnium, Kenny and Matt Crampton in the men's sprint and world champion James in the women's Keirin.


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