Laura Trott holds nerve to make winning start

Olympic champion excels in omnium. Picture: PA
Olympic champion excels in omnium. Picture: PA
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Olympic champion Laura Trott made a sensational start to the women’s omnium on day two of the Track Cycling World Cup in London, setting aside her anxiety to win the first two of six disciplines.

Trott, who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Games, was part of the women’s team pursuit-winning quartet on day one and returned yesterday morning to the arena after expressing nerves about the omnium.

The 22-year-old, pictured below, from Cheshunt, won all six disciplines the last time she did an omnium at the Olympic Velodrome – in the October Revolution event – and made a supreme start in the scratch race. Trott appeared to be boxed in as the 40-lap (10 kilometres) race was reaching its climax but a gap opened up as Kirsten Wild made her bid for the line and the Briton took her opportunity, rounding the Dutchwoman to win.

She added victory in the 3km individual pursuit in three minutes 36.896 seconds, with the elimination race in which she has made her speciality to come on the first day of competition in the event which concludes today.

Wild was also second in the individual pursuit to sit four points behind Trott overall.

Jon Dibben was third in the first discipline of the corresponding men’s event, the 60-lap (15km) scratch race, after following two riders to take a lap from the field.

Britons Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson qualified in 11th and 12th place, out of 24, in the women’s sprint competition.

The flying 200 metres ranked the riders, with Varnish drawn against Russian Olga Streltsova and Williamson versus Olga Ismayilova in the first round.

A comfortable win saw Varnish advance, but Williamson was beaten and eliminated.

Varnish was beaten by China’s Tianshi Zhong in the second round – which saw Olympic champion Anna Meares and world champion Kristina Vogel progress – to fall into the repechage.

Three riders took to the track, with only one progressing, but Varnish could only finish second to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze to exit the competition.