The ladies flew the flag for Britain at the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships winning five medals in total. The concluding night of the event saw Becky James and Laura Trott take home a bronze and a silver in the keirin and omnium respectively.
The men unfortunately, did not share the ladies’ success failing to bring home a single medal, it was the team’s worst result since Bordeaux in 1998 and a stark contrast to last year’s event in Minsk where Britain topped the medal table with a total of nine.
Despite the success of the women’s team, disappointment was ever-present. Trott had been desperate to win double gold in the omnium and team sprint as she had done in London 2012. Settling for silver in the omnium the 21-year old found it hard to hide her disappointment.
Teammate James also suffered disappointment at the championships, losing out to team-mate Jess Varnish in the sprint quarter final on Friday. Star of the show however, was undoubtedly Joanna Rowsell who took gold in the individual pursuit. It was the 25 year-old’s first solo world title, her fifth in total and came just 24 hours after she had helped team-mates Trott, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker secure gold in the team event.