Golden Barker hails embattled British team
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 16:12
And after an epic 100-lap battle with American Sarah Hammer that left Barker at times sickly nervous she won gold in the women's 25km points race.
The 22-year-old Cardiff racer was one of six riders to lap the field with seven laps of the 40-lap race to go and was the main protagonist in the closing stages.
But Barker fought back, taking the lead back with four laps to go by gaining a lap on her opponent, and finished on 59 points.
"I've been really impressed with how the coaches and the support staff have worked", said Park, who saw Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker presented with world champion jerseys.
"They all look out for me - I do get nervous and it is massive jump for me (to compete at this level) but everyone's very supportive but I think I can hold my own!"
The top-ranked Russian women's team of Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shemeleva won their second world title in the team sprint.
Adrian Teklinski was the victor in the men's scratch race after a bold move paid dividends.
Jones reckons he is more suited to the Australia role, for which he was chosen ahead of former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton, among others. They were followed closely by Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson of Australia with 41 points and Moreno De Pauw and Kenny De Ketele of Belgium on 32 points.
"We worked hard to win today", Shemeleva said, speaking through a translator.
Britain lie joint third in medal table with a gold, two silvers and a bronze.
It is their third world championship in five years, along with two silver medals.
Australia led the way with three golds and 11 medals in all.
Southland's Eddie Dawkins, right, with New Zealand team mates Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster after winning the men's team sprint at the World Track Cycling Championships in Hong Kong.
The pink-haired Olympic team pursuit champion claimed her country's first title in Hong Kong, and her first individual world gold, with a thrilling victory in the women's omnium.
Picture by SWpix.com - 16/04/2017 - Cycling - 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Day 5 - Hong Kong Velodrome, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong - Men's Madison Finals - STEWART Mark and WOOD Oliver of Great Britain.
In Hong Kong, she teamed with Kelly Catlin, Kim Geist and Jennifer Valente to beat Australia in the final.