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King rides to golden double
7:25pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in Sport
HAMPSHIRE’S Dani King capped a tremendous week at the British Cycling National Club Championships with two gold medals today.
King struck gold with the Wiggle Honda squad as they set a team pursuit world record in their first competitive event over the women’s team pursuit’s new distance of four kilometres.
Hamble flier King, a track pursuit team gold medallist at last year’s London Olympics , Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott clocked 4:32:721 and smoothly rebuffed the threat from silver medallists VC St Raphael, who posted 5:12:242.
King’s other gold medal yesterday came with Trott in a comfortable victory in the women’s madison. Having quickly established a two-lap advantage over the rest of the field the pair proceeded to delight the Sunday afternoon crowd at the Manchester Velodrome with an almost unimpeachable display of sprinting prowess.
Second-placed combo Katie Archibald (City of Edinburgh RC) and Charline Joiner (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) toiled wilfully throughout, and did manage to prise one of the five sprints from Trott’s clutches, while third place went to Hayley Jones (Node 4 Giordana) and Emily Kay (Scott Contessa Epic).
King said: “It was a brilliant race, but, to be honest, we made it hard for ourselves! Taking two laps so early is never going to be easy, and we were going for the sprints in between as well. We just wanted to get out there, get stuck in and make it a really aggressive race to finish the week off.”
King had also won a silver medal at the championships when she fin¬ ished second behind double Olympic champi¬ on Trott in the three-kilometre women’s individual pursuit .
Trott beat her Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling and Great Britain teammate King by over seven seconds with a time of 3.34.973, Archibald (City of Edinburgh RC) preventing a Wiggle 1-2-3 with a win over Elinor Barker in the bronze medal final.
King also won silver earlier in the championships in the women’s points race and a bronze medal in the 15km scratch race.
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