Britain’s Laura trott came third in the women’s omnium in Cali, Colombia, only beaten by the two riders who remain favourite for the new Olympic title in London.
American Sarah Hammer was a comfortable winner of the world cup gold medal on 14 points* after winning two events and coming second in another two. She finished on 14 points, while Trott accumulated 29, just one more than Tara Whitten (Canada) in second place.
Trott, the European champion in the discipline, was consistent throughout with a win in the 500m TT (and a personal best), third in the pursuit, fourth in the points race and fifth in both the flying lap and scratch race. The elimination race was her biggest scorer as she finished 11th.
Whitten, the reigning world champion, racked up the points in the scratch race when she slumped to 14th. Prior to that she had scored no lower than third. In the final event, the 500m TT, she was only seventh.
Mixing with Hammer and Whitten is a further step up for Trott who should face them again at the world cup in London, in February. All three medalists were in action in the women’s team pursuit on day one.
Trott had been part of Britain’s gold-medal winning team pursuit squad along with Wendy Houvenaghel and Sarah Storey. The trio were Britain’s only representatives in Colombia.
On Friday, Houvenaghel placed second in the women’s individual pursuit final behind Alison Shanks of New Zealand giving Britain three medals in three events.
*Omnium points are awarded according to your finishing position. First place gets one point, the lowest score wins.