Team comes first for King

Team comes first for King

Team comes first for King

First published in Sport

HAMPSHIRE ace Dani King admitted England success came before personal glory as she gave up her chance of a track medal in Glasgow to help teammate Laura Trott power to gold in the women’s points’ race.

Heading into today’s final session, Olympic team pursuit champion King had endured a disappointing Commonwealth Games debut on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The Hamble star failed to qualify for the final of the women’s individual pursuit before then being edged out of the medals in the women’s 10km scratch race by Wales’ Elinor Barker.

She had one last chance in the women’s points’ race and was in the mix before unselfishly making the decision to support Trott, who was marginally ahead on points at the stage.

It proved to be a successful decision with Trott edging out Barker for gold by virtue of a higher placing in the final sprint, after they both tied on 37 points.

Bronze went to Scotland’s Katie Archibald with King eventually finishing in seventh place on 25 points overall.

“After I came fourth yesterday we had to really work together to try and get a gold medal for England and we did so we're really pleased as a team,” said the 23-year-old, who’s first full season as a cyclist was in 2010.

“About halfway through the race Laura had more points than me, although we both took the lap so we were in a good position in terms of the other cyclists.

“But because she had more points than me we called it for Laura and I then committed 100 per cent to her cause.

“It's great she came out of it because she was really poorly over the last few days and now she's won a medal.

“My performance on the track generally wasn't too hot - obviously it's disappointing not to medal but I came fourth, helped Laura get gold and did a half-decent individual pursuit so I'm satisfied.”

Although the track cycling action has come to a close, King will be back in action later in the week in the women’s road race around the sights of Glasgow.

However the cyclist, who will then take a break from the bike to go on a well-deserved holiday, admitted she will revert to teamwork once again.

England teammate and reigning women’s 2012 Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will aim to improve on her Commonwealth Games silver from four years ago and King was again only too happy to help out.

“I'm riding the road race later in the week and I'll be playing a supporting role again for Lizzie [Armitstead] so hopefully we can lead her to gold. That would be really good” she added.

“These Games will definitely go down for me as more of a supporting role than anything else when I look back at things.

“After I finish here I'm going to Croatia on holiday so I'm looking forward to that and then it’s back to the track for me and back into hard work.”

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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