Great Britain’s Jordan Williams was crowned junior men’s world champion in Les Gets, France today, while Aimi Kenyon narrowly missed out on the podium in the junior women's category with a fourth place finish.
After taking silver in Val di Sole last year, Williams has continued to establish himself at the pinnacle of the junior men’s category, and was the fastest rider in Thursday’s qualifying. Despite being the penultimate rider to start his run, Williams showed no signs of pressure whatsoever, putting in a powerful and assured ride to burst into the hot seat with a lead of more than five seconds – breaking the 3:30 barrier with a time of 3:28.324.
He then endured a nervous wait while final rider Jackson Goldstone finished his run, however the Canadian could only manage 14th place, securing a first world title for Williams.
Elsewhere Jack Piercy took an impressive 10th place, with William Brodie 20th, Douglas Goodwill 24th, Dom Platt 30th and Toby Driscoll 42nd.
Aimi Kenyon just missed out on a medal for Great Britain in the junior women’s category, finishing in fourth place, less than four seconds behind Colombia’s Valentina Roa Sanchez.
There were solid performances all round for the junior women, with Phoebe Gale not far behind Kenyon in seventh place, and Bethany McCully finishing in 12th.
In the elite men’s category, Laurie Greenland was agonisingly close to a bronze medal, finishing just under a second slower than France's third place finisher Loris Vergier to take fifth place. Despite a brilliant run from Greenland, the French trio of Loic Bruni, Amaury Pierron and Vergier each put in inspired performances in front of a home crowd to take the three podium spots.
Behind Greenland, Bernard Kerr was the next highest placed British rider in 13th, with Danny Hart 24th, Ethan Craik 26th, Charlie Hatton 28th, Jamie Edmondson 46th and Greg Williamson – who was unfortunate to crash on his run – 68th.
In the elite women’s category, newly-crowned national champion Stacey Fisher took an impressive sixth place, seven seconds off the podium. Fisher led the standings with 10 riders to finish, after ending her run in an impressive time of 4:04.623. Louise-Anna Ferguson finished just behind Fisher in ninth, with Mikayla Parton 18th and Katherine Sharp 32nd.
The championships conclude tomorrow, with the final rainbow jerseys awarded in the under-23 and elite cross-country events.