Magnificent Kenny and Nelson seal Madison gold in Berlin

Magnificent Kenny and Nelson seal Madison gold in Berlin

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Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson bagged their second gold medals of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup as they powered to a superb Madison triumph in Berlin on the final evening of action.

In an incident-packed race, four-time Olympic champion Kenny, a last-minute replacement after Katie Archibald withdrew following her omnium crash on Saturday – and world champion Nelson outpaced their rivals throughout.

The race was halted with 54 laps to go after a crash involving Italian rider Letizia Paternoster, who was taken to hospital after receiving medical treatment trackside.

After racing resumed, Kenny and Nelson consistently scored highly in the sprints but were given a major scare in the closing moments as Danish duo Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt took a lap to go top of the leaderboard.

But the British pair kept their cool and bagged the double points victory on the final sprint to finish on 37, ahead of the Danes on 28 and Jolien D’Hoore and Lotte Kopecky of Belgium on 14.

Their medal was the sole podium finish for Great Britain on the final day of action in Berlin, and the fifth of the weekend.

Wood seals 11th in omnium, Bate seventh in 500m TT

Solid riding in the opening two races of the day left Ollie Wood placed seventh going into the elimination and points races of the omnium.

However, an early exit in the elimination in the second session effectively ended his chances of a medal, pushing him down to 13th, and despite gaining a lap in the points race, he finished 11th overall.

Lauren Bate made a gutsy claim for the 500m TT crown, qualifying seventh in the opening session, finishing in the same position after the final.

Sprinters beaten in earlier rounds

Earlier in the day, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes both lost out in the 1/8 finals.

Kenny was beaten by a terrific performance from Rayan Helal, while Hindes was given a difficult draw in Dutch sped merchant Matthijs Buchli, who proved too strong for the double Olympic gold medallist en route to a silver medal himself.

Joe Truman, riding for Team Inspired, notched an impressive win over the rapid Jeffrey Hoogland, but found the challenge of Frenchman Helal in the quarter-finals a bridge too far.

Katy Marchant went close in a spirited challenge in the keirin. Having finished third in her heat, she was hoping for victory in the repechage to seal qualification for the 7-12 final.

However, with just one bonus qualification place available for the winner, she finished second behind Anastasiia Voinova to bow out of the competition.

Five-star haul for Britain's riders

Kenny and Nelson’s victory was the fifth of an impressive haul for Britain’s riders in Berlin. Katie Archibald’s sensational Saturday points race win was added to the women’s team pursuit crown won on the opening night.

Wood and Mark Stewart bagged men’s Madison silver on Saturday, while there was also a team sprint runner-up medal for Kenny, Hindes and Ryan Owens – Jack Carlin racing in the earlier rounds – on Friday.

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