I should have got gold, says Elinor Barker after scratch race silver

Ross Houston
April 27, 2017

Whoever won the Canada vs Australia and Italy vs US matches would go on to contest for gold, and the two next fastest times in the round would vie for bronze.

Barker referred to "years and years of mistakes" in bunch races, yet she has focused on team pursuit for the last four years, as she referenced the successes of Kenny, 25 this month.

Looking ahead to her other two events in Hong Kong - Saturday's 500 metres time-trial and Sunday's Keirin, Marchant added: "I'm really excited to get back racing in a couple of days".

The team of Valente, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Kim Geist completed the 4-kilometer race in four minutes, 19.413 seconds.

The 22-year-old picked up points consistently through the race, including taking a lap midway through with Hammer.

She added: "It was probably the hardest race I have ever done and it turns out I couldn't do it twice. I feel like I'm a constant bunch race bridesmaid".

"I probably need to start planning for retirement and babies and that".

"If you give 100% in training and you're eating right and sleeping right, and you know that you're giving everything, then you nearly can't rely on a result, you've just got to give all you can and see what happens".

I want to bring back the country's first Olympic gold medal. "The outcome was what we got tonight which is great". "This is a boost and the icing on the cake that gives you the fuel to keep going".

It could make for an intriguing selection battle, with Archibald, Emily Kay, Nelson and others also in the mix.

Lucas Liss of Germany took silver and Christopher Latham of Britain got bronze.

It took until six laps to go until Barker caught the bunch, but that propelled her into the lead with 59, with Hammer unable to take anything in the final sprint.

But the Belgians proved too strong in the final two sprints as the Brits finished ten points adrift of the rainbow jersey, but Barker was quick to hail their efforts given the lack of experience under their belts.

The Dutch city also hosted the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

Barker then celebrated with the Union Flag.

"We have come in with a re-think and re-structure after Rio", he said.

"I was very close to done for - I thought I wasn't going to finish at one point", said an exhausted Archibald.

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