Trott edges out Barker for gold

  • Last Updated: July 27 2014, 19:41 BST

England's Laura Trott defied a kidney infection to win a thrilling duel with Wales' Elinor Barker in the women's points race, securing gold in a photo finish in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

England's Laura Trott celebrates gold in the women's points race
England's Laura Trott celebrates gold in the women's points race

England's Laura Trott defied a kidney infection to claim Commonwealth gold in thrilling fashion, pipping Wales' Elinor Barker in a photo finish to win the women's points race.

The double Olympic champion has been off colour since arriving in Glasgow, with her illness contributing to two unusally tame outings in the individual pursuit and scratch race.

But she roared back with an irrepressible ride in her final track outing of the Games, clinching top spot on the podium with a brilliant sprint in the last of 10 scoring laps.

Slow motion replays were needed to confirm she had edged in front of her Team GB colleague in the race for the line, the duo finishing level on 37 points and only separated by the tiny margin Trott found in the final second.

Barker, at 19 a two-time team pursuit world champion, won three sprints to Trott's two, but the latter's consistency won the day as she finished in the points on all but four occasions.

Scotland's Katie Archibald was involved in a dramatic finish of her own, winning that final sprint to claim bronze ahead of Australian world champion Amy Cure.

But Trott was the star of the show, having fought off not only the challenge of her British team-mates but also the worst preparation imaginable.

"I've had such a bad week of it with the kidney infection, I was devastated," she said.

"It really set me back and knocked my morale a bit. I hardly ate anything for two days, I've been living off porridge and I don't like porridge.

"To come away from all that and win is just unbelievable

"With my parents here watching me, I've been worrying them sick the past couple of days when I have been ill.

"But when I woke up this morning, I was actually hungry and had a good feed, so it all paid off in the end.

"This is right up there with the Olympics. I am so over the moon at the moment, it is so hard for me to describe."

There was a short pause before Trott began her celebrations, but it was not just the race officials who were initially unsure about whether her wheel had finished ahead of Barker's.

"I actually rode up alongside her and said 'well done, you are Commonwealth champion'," revealed Trott.

"Then it came up on the screen and I was like 'oh, actually no it's me'...she is going to think now that I said that on purpose!"

Barker also believed she had done enough.

"I thought I had won gold right until the last lap, then Laura just came around me," she said.

"She is a phenomenal rider. I knew she was going to be super motivated to win it so I am not surprised she did."

Trott's triumph was England's second gold of the day, and third overall on the track.

Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott are responsible for the other two, having celebrated a second tandem triumph in the 1,000-metre B2 time-trial.

Eighteen-year-old para-cyclist Thornhill and her pilot Scott followed up their day-one victory in the B2 sprint with another rousing performance at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Just as they did on Thursday, Thornhill and Scott nudged Scottish favourites Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston into silver with a time of one minute 0.87 seconds.

England's medal count was completed by a second bronze of the week for Jess Varnish.

Her opponent Fatehah Mustapa was relegated in the first race for unfairly holding her line - clearly aggravating Varnish in the process.

There was no doubt about the second race, with Varnish leaving her rival for dead.

Asked about Mustapa's relegation, Varnish was unequivocal.

"It was so obvious, she just elbowed me," she said.

"Some people can come five centimetres outside the line and will still get disqualified and she was way, way over the line.

"It is annoying because you always want to cross the line first but we didn't even complete the race because it was that dangerous.

"I am quite sure I would have come around her anyway but I am glad to have got the medal."

Australian great Anna Meares was denied her second gold of the week - and a record sixth in the Commonwealth Games - when Australian team-mate Stephanie Morton beat her 2-0 in the sprint final.

Meares later denied speculation she was due to announce her retirement.

An Australian win the in the meeting-closing keirin - where the home nations failed to make any impact - rounded out a fine games for them as they topped the medal charts ahead of New Zealand, in second, and third-placed England.