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Published: 2 March 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Images: Luke Webber
Great Britain’s Laura Trott won omnium silver on the final day of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Trott finished six points behind defending champion Sarah Hammer in the six-discipline event with Australian Annette Edmondson third in a repeat of the podium from 2013.
Defending champion Becky James won bronze in the keirin to take Great Britain’s medal total to five for the championships - two gold, one silver and two bronze - fourth in the medal standings.
The respective medals were a second for each rider, James having won team sprint bronze and Trott a fourth team pursuit world title.
"I am actually happy with how this has turned out," Trott said.
"I had a few shaky moments in the world cups, not winning and just getting lucky at Manchester world cup (last November).
"I always think - although I do always want to win every single race that I enter - this time before London where was I?
"I was still a junior. And the next year (2011) was Apeldoorn and I finished 16th. And then went on to win the following year (in Melbourne).
"Although I would've absolutely love to have won, I'm really pleased with how I got on and how I am improving in each event."
Trott had entered the second day of the event six points adrift of Hammer, whom she beat for Olympic gold in London.
Second in the individual pursuit behind Hammer and sixth in the scratch race - again one place behind the American – left Olympic champion Trott eight points adrift with only the 500m time-trial remaining.
Another second place bettered Hammer’s fourth but was unable to propel the 21-year-old into the gold medal position.
Becky James, Jess Varnish and Victoria Williamson were Britain’s representatives in the women’s keirin.
Having finished fifth in sprint, 2013 champion James looked to have made serene progress from heat one and into the second round but was adjudged to have entered the sprinter’s lane and as a result relegated.
Fourth for Varnish in heat three and sixth for Williamson in heat four put the trio in the repechages.
James secured a spot in round two with second behind Australian Anna Meares and the same position for Varnish in heat four saw her progress, though Williamson was unable to join them.
Fifth for Varnish in the second round sent her to the minor final as James came against familiar opposition in Kristina Vogel and took second behind the German for a spot in the final.
There it proved to be a similar story as Vogel won a third world title of the competition, James showing superb tactical awareness to latch on to the German’s wheel but was ousted by Anna Meares for silver.
"I'm really happy," she said.
"It's always disappointing not to win but Kristina Vogel has been flying all season. She deserved it.
"I was going out to win it. I should have tried to beat her to the jump but she went over on Anna and Anna had a nice little slipstream while I was just hanging on the outside.
"I really enjoyed it. It's a nice way to finish."
The men's sprint also concluded. With no British representation in the final four, France's Francois Pervis won his third rainbow jersey.
In the men’s Madison, 20-year-olds Owain Doull and Jon Dibben paired having competed together in the men’s team pursuit on day one of the championships.
They ended with nil points, Spain winning gold ahead of the Czech Republic and Switzerland.