Brits third at Euro Track Champs

In-form Archibald con­sol­i­dates strong Brit per­for­mance

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Two gold medals from Katie Archibald helped GB to third in the medals in the Euro­pean Track Cham­pi­onships in Berlin last week­end.

Archibald took the first of her two golds in the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit on Fri­day, de­feat­ing Pol­ish rider Justyna Kaczkowska by more than three sec­onds in 3:29.328.

Hav­ing also won a sil­ver medal in the team pur­suit, she then took her third medal of the Cham­pi­onships in the om­nium, win­ning the tempo and elim­i­na­tion race, be­fore pick­ing up points through­out the points race to suc­cess­fully de­fend her Euro­pean ti­tle.

Fol­low­ing her om­nium win, Archibald said: “I’m happy — it felt like a bit of a cheat last year. It was post-olympic year the first time I won and I thought ‘have I got­ten away with it?’, so I’m happy to de­fend my ti­tle.”

Great Bri­tain’s third gold medal came in dra­matic fash­ion in the women’s Madi­son, where Eli­nor Barker and El­lie Dick­in­son won the fi­nal sprint of the race.

Barker said. “I felt fit enough to have quite an at­tack­ing race. Un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t get that sec­ond lap but man­aged to get enough sprints and time off the front to pick up the points we needed.”

The three golds and one sil­ver is slightly less than the team achieved in the 2013 Euro­pean cham­pi­onships — also three years out from an Olympics — where it won three golds, two sil­vers and a bronze.

At the week­end Great Bri­tain fin­ished be­hind Ger­many and France, which each had five golds, with Ger­many also win­ning four sil­vers and three bronzes to fin­ish top of the ta­ble.

The younger mem­bers of the Bri­tish team gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in se­nior com­pe­ti­tion, with 20-year-old Joe Tru­man im­press­ing with a sixth-place fin­ish in the kilo.

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