Women in pur­suit of world cup gold

Sunday Sun - - Basketball -

GREAT Bri­tain will aim to ride for gold in the women’s team pur­suit to­day af­ter com­fort­ably set­ting the fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing at the Track World Cup in Manch­ester.

Katie Archibald, Eli­nor Barker, Emily Nel­son and Neah Evans topped the timesheets af­ter cov­er­ing the 4,000 me­tres dis­tance in four min­utes 18.471 sec­onds, more than three-and-a-half sec­onds faster than Italy in sec­ond and nearly nine sec­onds ahead of Ja­pan in third.

It was Bri­tain’s fastest time since Archibald and Barker teamed up with Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Laura Kenny to set the world record of four min­utes 10.236 sec­onds in the Rio Olympics.

They will now face the fourth fastest team, Bel­gium, in to­day’s first round, hop­ing to book a place in the fi­nal.

The all-Bri­tish Team Breeze squad set the sixth fastest time, with the young quar­tet of Re­becca Ray­bould, El­lie Dick­in­son, Jenny Holl and Abi­gail Den­tus post­ing a time of four min­utes 28.995 sec­onds.

Mark Ste­wart ended the af­ter­noon 12th in the men’s om­nium, hav­ing re­cov­ered from an early crash in the scratch race to fin­ish 17th be­fore pick­ing up fifth place in the tempo race.

That left him on 40 points, 38 be­hind French­man Ben­jamin Thomas who led the way.

In the men’s sprint, Phil Hin­des, Cal­lum Skin­ner and Lewis Oliva – the lat­ter rid­ing for Team Wales – made it to the quar­ter-fi­nals but could go no fur­ther.

Hin­des was within twot­hou­sandths of a sec­ond off his per­sonal best – set last week­end in Poland – with a 9.757 in qual­i­fy­ing, but lost 2-0 to Dutch­man to Har­rie Lavrey­sen in the last eight.

Jack Car­lin lost 2-0 to Matthijs Buchli, while Oliva went out to Ma­teusz Rudyk, hav­ing been rel­e­gated in their sec­ond heat.

Katy Marchant set the eighth fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing for the women’s time-trial, ad­vanc­ing to Sat­ur­day night’s fi­nals af­ter cov­er­ing the 500m in 34.303 sec­onds.

Marchant also had a suc­cess­ful af­ter­noon in the keirin, fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Lau­rine van Risen in her heat to ad­vance to the sec­ond round.

How­ever, Team Wales’ Rachel James went out in the repechage.

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