Britain’s track cycling produced yet another quality performance in the Track Cycling World Championship over the last few days in Melbourne.
For the Team Pursuit where both the men and the women broke the world record on the way to gold to individual performances from the likes of Ben Swift and Laura Trott. But two stand out. Britain’s track king and queen.
First up Victoria Pendleton in the individual sprint. I’d spent the previous day listening to the experts tell us all she was past it, a spent force, who was not just behind her great rival Anna Meares but behind many others. To then pick herself up off the track after that horrendous 40mph crash in the home straight in the semi-final to win the title – her 6th in ten years – was quality.
This was followed up on the final day by another who was being written off. Yes Sir Chris Hoy will be in the sprint team but will he get to defend his two other Olympic titles in London? Jason Kenny might have him in the individual sprint but the Keirin might be a bit different after one hell of a move when it looked like all was lost. His usual route of going over the top of everyone wasn’t on so he went inside, audacious and for him unprecedented but winners find ways to win and that he did by inches.
Distance doesn’t matter, gold is gold and world champion is world champion. Bring on London…