Katie Archibald wins thrilling omnium gold at track world championships

Katie Archibald wins thrilling omnium gold at track world championships

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Katie Archibald took omnium gold for the Great Britain Cycling Team in a thrilling finale at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong on Friday.

For the 23-year-old it is a first individual world title, as she collected 123 points over the four-discipline event.

"I feel really privileged to pull it off," she said. "It was an unbelievably grippy race, I really thought I'd lost it in the middle point but I pulled it out of the bag.

"It feels very strange, I'm used to having my girls, my team-mates, around me it's odd to celebrate by yourself but I'm looking forward to catching up with them at the hotel."

The team pursuit Olympic champion was pushed hard in the points race finale by Amy Cure and Kirsten Wild.

But two points in the final sprint secured Britain’s first gold of the championships.

Perfect start

Archibald had won the opening two events - the scratch race and tempo race - to march into an early lead.

Fifth in elimination race allowed Australian Cure to draw level on 112 points ahead of the points race.

Archibald extended her lead in the opening stages but Cure reduced the deficit to just two points before the final sprint.

But the Scot dug deep to collect two points and secure the rainbow jersey.

Owens through to sprint quarters

Ryan Owens progressed through to Saturday’s men’s sprint quarter-finals with an impressive session of racing.

Qualifying in seventh in 9.865 seconds, Owens defeated German Eric Engler in the 1/16 finals before seeing off the challenge of Canadian Hugo Barrette to seal a place in the final eight.

Olympic silver medallist Callum Skinner exited in the 1/8 final against Max Niederlag. The Scot posted a time of 9.969 seconds to qualify in 15th and had defeated Xu Chao in the 1/16 finals.

Seventh for Stewart

Mark Stewart rode bravely to finish seventh in the points race at his first world championships.

The Scot collected 11 points over the 160 laps as Australian Cameron Meyer won his fourth world title in the event with a masterclass.

Individual pursuit

In the men’s individual pursuit, Matt Bostock and Andy Tennant finished 13th and 14th respectively.

Senior Academy rider Bostock set a time of 4:22.122 on his world championships debut while Tennant stopped the clock in 4:22.664.

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Great Britain Cycling Team at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - day three

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