World Track Cycling Championships day two as it happened

Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker win gold in the women's team pursuit in Minsk after Becky James takes 500m bronze.

21 February 2013 Last updated at 18:43 GMT

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  1. 1837: 

    Right that is your lot for today, but hopefully it has whetted your appetite for a bit more of the same tomorrow.

    After her team pursuit gold, Dani King will take part in the women's scratch race while Jason Kenny will attempt to make up for his disappointment in the team sprint in the keirin.

    And just maybe we will get another glorious bolter like Martyn Irvine again.

    Thanks for your messages, bye for now.

  2. 1831: 

    Martyn Irvine looks absolutely stunned as the Irish national anthem blares out. He shakes his head for the upteenth time and blows out his cheeks as the music dies away. Well done sir, well done.

  3. 1828: 

    A real collectors' item. Martyn Irvine, clad in the green lycra of Ireland, clambers up onto the top step of the podium to pull on the rainbow jersey over the top. The men's scratch race winner shakes his head in disbelief as he looks down on at his new bit of kit.

    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "The German team maybe had a little more experience, but there was little to choose between the two for me. I actually thought that the New Zealand team looked like they overlapped slightly on one of the changeovers so I thought they might be relegated anyway."

  5. 1819: 

    It looked like Germany were out of the running with the Kiwis building a decent advantage after the first two laps, but Maximilian Levy put in a late stormer to carry off the spoils.

  6. 1819: 

    France have beaten Australia in the bronze medal final, now it is Germany against New Zealand for team sprint gold...

  7. 1818: 

    Great Britain track sprint coach Iain Dyer: "It did not come through for us in the end. Kian got split away from the other two on the first two laps. We were confident that the team would hold together, but kudos to the Kiwi team that were faster that us on the first two laps anyway. We are still in the first part of the Olympic cycle and there is plenty more experimentation to do."

    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "Time-wise they were not a million miles away. I would have expected Philip to go a little faster and Kian looked like his efforts in the kilo the day before had taken a little bit more out of him."

  9. 1816: 

    The last finals of the night will be the men's team sprint. You might be expecting Great Britain, Olympic champions in the event, to feature here. Afraid not. Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Kian Emadi, in for Sir Chris Hoy, could only go sixth fastest in qualifying this morning.

  10. 1812: 

    The flowers are distributed among the women's team sprint medallists before God Save the Queen is given its first airing of the championship. Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker stand ram-rod straight to attention as they receive their gold medals.

  11. 1809: 

    Great Britain's Owain Douall has been confirmed in fifth place in the men's scratch race.

  12. 1807: 

    Ireland's Martyn Irvine: "I'm exhausted. It's awesome. I don't know what to say. There hasn't been a race I haven't committed to but I've been chipping away on a shoestring budget over the last couple of years. Once I went I didn't look back. Just full gas. I saw a shadow on my hip with two laps to go and I was expecting lots of riders to go past me. I can't wait to see the video of the race."

  13. 1806: 

    Ireland's men wait more than a hundred years for their first track cycling medal and then two come along at once. Martyn Irvine, energy drained by the individual pursuit, delivered an absolute lion-hearted performance. A fraction of the funding compared to Team GB, but an absolute shedload of courage and grit to compensate.


    Amy Fournier: "Martyn Irvine you absolute beast! Great race! Congratulations on your gold for Ireland!"

    Dafydd Llywelyn: "Fantastic performance by Martin Irvine to take the scratch race!"

    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It's absolutely unbelievable, he really took it on and I think everyone enjoys watching that."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It was a canny ride. To be able to pace your ride and know what's going on behind you like that. It's a very popular win."

  17. 1757: 

    Martyn Irvine wrings out every last drop of sweat and guts out of himself, leaving nothing on the track and is rewarded with a superb victory. Andreas Mueller of Austria drew up alongside him but the effort of shutting the gap had sapped his legs and Irvine was able to hold off his challenge with an extra spurt.

  18. 1757: 

    Irvine is caught with two laps to go of this scratch race, but he is one-on-one with Andreas Mueller...

  19. 1756: 

    Four laps to go and Martyn Irvine leads but his advantage is being chewed up...

  20. 1755: 

    A death-or-glory charge off the front from Ireland Martyn Irvine with 10 laps to go and he has opened up a fair chunk of fresh air between himself and the rest as the chasing group debate who is going to reel him in.

  21. 1754: 

    Great Britain's Owain Douall is safely ensconced in the lead group and has avoided doing too much of the hard graft at the front of the pack. Twelve laps to go in the race for scratch gold and it is still crafty and cagey.

  22. 1752: 

    Ireland's Martyn Irvine, who won silver in the men's individual pursuit less than a hour ago, is still out there, hammering away at the pedals. He'll sleep well tonight.

  23. 1750: 

    Up on the track now is the men's scratch race. It is a bit of a royal rumble of a race. Twenty-three riders all thrown together on track, in separate groups, together for 60 laps or a total of 15km.

    We are just over the halfway point and Owain Doull of Great Britain is riding towards the front of his group. The field are biding their time waiting to break for home or rely on a sprint finish.

    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "I've got something to say to Elinor. I think that's talent and skill you have. You can't give that ride to luck."

  25. 1742: 

    Here's a word from our golden trio:

    Laura Trott: "It was really hard. It seemed to flow nicely and we changed a few things from qualifying and it came off. If someone thought they couldn't cope on the front they came off. It tops it off for us. To win the race the last time it will be as a 3km is amazing."

    Dani King: "It was all about keeping pace and holding it up at the back end of the race. It was about staying composed and we stuck to our guns and it paid off. It means everything. We've worked so hard since the Olympic Games and although Jo [Rowsell] will come back, it's great to have Elinor on the team.

    Elinor Barker: "I feel really overwhelmed. I thought I was just riding round the Manchester Velodrome in a training ride and then we won. I just feel shocked. It is above and beyond what I've dreamed of. I've only been a senior for a couple of months and I can't believe my luck."


    Jago: "Got in just in time to see the GB girls win the women's team pursuit! Sweeeeet!"


  27. 1739: 

    How times change. Laura Trott and Dani King are the polished media performers as they face the television cameras. It is Elinor Barker who is giddy with excitement, emotion and victory as her team-mates were in the London velodrome six months or so ago.

    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Going into the final with two seconds [after qualifying fastest by that margin over Australia] gave them a lot of confidence. [Coach] Paul Manning has done a fantastic job putting together such a solid team pursuit team. There will be many teams out there who will be struggling to find four women who are able to ride the pursuit [when it switches after these Championships] as GB are."

  29. 1736: 

    Trott, King and Barker pose for team shot on the slope of the track with broad grins. They have tied down the first British gold of the championships, but perhaps more importantly they have sent out a warning to the rest of the world that the move up to four riders in the event next year is likely to strengthen, rather than loosen, their grip.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Technically an absolutely superb ride by the British team. It's amazing how closely together they can ride. They are the very last 3km world pursuit champions."

  31. 1732: 

    A smooth as silk defence. Great Britain gobbled up the early Australian lead and could not be caught once they had overhauled the green and gold.

  32. 1730: 

    With 2000m gone Great Britain lead by more than 0.8 seconds over Australia in the team pursuit final.

  33. 1729: 

    Great Britain step up the pace and are marginally ahead at the 1500m point.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    Australia have decided to get into this race quickly and put Britain on the back foot.

  35. 1729: 

    Australia open out an lead of 0.307 seconds in the first of the three kilometres.

  36. 1727: 

    Now it is time for the biggie. Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker are hunched over the bars, big fly-eye helmets all pointed dead ahead. We're off in their team pursuit world title defence.

  37. 1726: 

    A comprehensive win for Canada as they run down Poland with plenty to spare in the bronze medal race.

  38. 1725: 

    As you wait for the women's team pursuit final, featuring defending champions Great Britain, why not have a quick read about the first Irishman to win a world track cycling medal in more than 100 years..

  39. 1725: 

    Laura Trott, chunky rapper-endorsed headphones firmly in place, is churning out some easy revolutions in the middle of the track in preparation for the final of the women's team pursuit while Canada and Poland go at it in the bronze medal race.

    Want to know what she has been up to since that gold medal-winning Prince Harry-snapping summer? BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce caught up with the 20-year-old earlier this month.


    Andy, Manchester: "It's Olympic year. It's a time of change. The next few Worlds will be incredibly important, but this year's is small fry compared to building the team for the next few years. Really important to blood young riders at the highest level. Marathon, not a sprint, and all that. And we have to let the others win some time, or they'd stop turning up."

  41. 1716: 

    Next up on the track will be the women's team pursuit. Laura Trott and Dani King remain from the trio that won Olympic gold at London, but Joanna Rowsell's road adventures mean that there is a place for Elinor Barker to come in and prove herself.

    So far so good from the new combination who were almost two seconds faster than the Australian team that they will face in the gold medal race in this morning's qualifying.

  42. 1707: 

    A smiling Becky James climbs onto the bottom step of the podium for the medal ceremony for the women's 500m time trial. Germany's Miriam Welte will be picking up silver with Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze sporting a nice new rainbow jersey.


    JanUllrichsLegs: "No velodrome no problem! Martyn Irvine is a god!"

    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "For a country that doesn't even have a velodrome, that's pretty good [by Irvine]."

  45. 1703: 

    Michael Hepburn all but catches Martyn Irvine as he crosses the line in his opponent's slipstream, but the Irishman's place in his country's history is already assured.

  46. 1659: 

    We are up and running in the gold medal race of the individual pursuit and Ireland's Martyn Irvine is just clinging to the coattails of Australia's defending champio Michael Hepburn. Irvine is 1.842 seconds behind the favourite after 2000m.


    Bethany Sharp: "Feel dizzy just watching the Track Cycling World Championships... how on earth do they stay upright?"

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    Ireland's Martyn Irvine is already guaranteed to be the first Irishman to win a world track cycling medal since Harry Reynolds in Copenhagen in 1896 but can he win?

    Irish cycling coach Andy Sparks tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We are beating cycling powerhouses with a 100th of their funding. He will go for it - he knows he has nothing to lose. I can guarantee you a very exciting final and a very exciting scratch race as well."

    Exciting is one way of putting it for Irvine - he will compete in the 15km scratch race an hour after finishing the individual pursuit final. He's going to fit in a trip back to his hotel in between too.

  49. 1653: 

    Raced over 4000m with the two riders starting simultaneously on opposite sides of the track, the bronze medal race in the men's individual pursuit has been won by Switzerland's Stefan Kueng with victory over Alex Morgan of Australia. Next up is the final between Australia's Michael Hepburn and Ireland's Martyn Irvine.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "The middle of the velodrome here in Minsk is made up of media, mechanics, a mixed zone and the medal podium (and a warm-up area too). Each of the teams here get a pen to warm-up and fix their bikes but some teams are bigger than others, and so are their respective areas.

    "From my perch up on the gantry I can see Ireland's Martyn Irvine pedalling furiously as he warms up for his gold medal shot in the individual pursuit at 1700 GMT but you might think it strange that he does so to the backdrop of a large Stars and Stripes draped over the partition of their tiny pen, not just the Irish flag.

    "The reason is that Ireland's American coach Andy Sparks is married to US track star Sarah Hammer who is their only rider in Minsk and trains with the Irish team. That particular pen could complete a remarkable double tonight, because Hammer took gold in the women's individual pursuit on day one."

    Minsk Track
    Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "It's a tough situation to be in [setting off first]. In some ways it is good because if you can post a good time it's a psychological boost over the other riders. I quite liked going early on. Technically it was a great ride and I think she'll be pleased with it. She got a bit close to red line and that could have cost her the difference between silver and bronze."


    Great Britain's time trial bronze medallist Becky James: "I don't think it was a disadvantage to go first really. I wanted to get up and get the effort done and chill out. It got a little bit agonising as everyone was going slower, but I never expected a medal and to knock six tenth of my personal best is amazing."

  53. 1646: 

    Miriam Velte ties up over the second lap and cannot quite match Lee Wai Sze, a bronze medallist in the keirin at London 2012, but her time is good enough for second. Great Britain's Becky James slips down to third for her second bronze medal of the championships.

  54. 1643: 

    Germany's Miriam Welte heaves her sholders for a final couple of breathes, slaps her thighs and crouches over the bars. Here she goes...

  55. 1642: 

    A disappointing ride from Kaarle McCulloch who comes home fifth in 34.362 seconds. Great Britain's Becky James, in silver position with just Miriam Welte to go, is guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "All these aerodynamic helmets are great but the chins straps need a bit of tidying up. What they've gained with the helmet they've given away with the straps."

  57. 1639: 

    Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze is slower than Becky James at 250m, but quicker at 375m and comes through to move into women's time trial pole position by 0.159 seconds. The next and penultimate rider is Australian national champion Kaarle McCulloch.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    Sport is about haves and have nots - but spare a thought for the India team who had to compete without their bikes in the men's team sprint earlier today. Amarjeet, Amrit and Bikram Singh were on machines borrowed from local clubs and shops instead, and clocked 55.106 seconds to finish 15th and last.

    Bikram told BBC Radio 5 live: "It was quite difficult for us because they were not our bikes. The airline did not deliver them. We had prepared well and targeted a time of 44 or 45 seconds for the team sprint but we lost our target."

    Unless those bikes turn up very soon, Rajesh Chandrasekar will also compete on a borrowed bike in the 15km scratch race tonight, but he and his team-mates have other problems - their luggage has not turned up either so they are wearing the same clothes they were wearing when they left India on Monday.

  59. 1634: 

    Guerra makes a bit of a sluggish start, but powers ahead on the splits at 250m. She pays for that effort in the final lap though and ends up 0.087 seconds outside of Britain's Becky James' personal best time that still leads the field.

    Three riders to go and if any fail to better the Welsh woman's time, she will have her second medal of the championships.

  60. 1630: 

    France's Sandie Clair's run of 34.709 seconds is only good enough for fourth as it stands and Great Britain's Becky James is still top of the women's time trial with four riders to come. First up is Cuba's Lisandra Guerra who finished second in the time trial in the last World Cup event in Mexico.


    Chris James: "Re: Lenny It was mentioned yesterday that it's the start of their Olympic cycle. So yeah, it's a shame but Olympics are better!"

  62. 1625: 

    Becky James survives unscathed once again as her Russian rival comes through around two-tenths slower. Another five riders to go...

    Becky James
  63. 1622: 

    Half of the field has now taken their turn at the women's 500m time trial, with Spain's Tania Calvo Barbero narrowly missing Britain's Becky James' mark at the top of the standings. Next to emerge from the pit is Russia's Anastasiia Voinova...

  64. 1619: 

    With five riders gone, Becky James remains at the top of timing standings for the 500m time trial while Vicky Williamson has been bumped down to fourth.

    The strongest riders from the previous year's world championships are seeded and will go later in the order. James had a quiet 2012 and so got first use of the pine.


    Lenny in London: "The Brits definitely don't take the Worlds seriously compared to the Olympics. A real shame as the rainbow bands are a great prize."

    Is that the price you pay to peak at the Olympics though? Text your thoughts on the action to 81111 from UK mobiles.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Interest in the Championships is definitely growing in Belarus. There were lots of empty seats here for day one but there were definitely more people here for the afternoon session earlier today. Hopefully it will be the same again as the action builds tonight, despite the distraction of football, namely BATE Borisov's Europa League tie with Fenerbahce.

    "BATE are the Manchester United of Belarus - they have won the last seven domestic league titles - and are supported all around the country. They are in Turkey tonight but they usually play their home European games in Minsk, at the Dynamo Stadium opposite my hotel."

  67. 1610: 

    Plenty of klaxon action from the crowd to send Vicky Williamson on her way as the third rider in the women's 500m time trial, but the Briton is 1.276 seconds off the time set by her team-mate Becky James who remains at the top of the standings.

  68. 1607: 

    Williamson won team sprint bronze alongside Becky James yesterday. Now they go against each other. Such is life in the velodrome.

  69. 1606: 

    The time trial is a very simple event. One rider on track, a standing start and sheer thigh-draining power as each puts the hammer down to try and go as fast as possible. Russia's Daria Shmeleva, second to go, fails to threaten Becky James' time. Next up Vicky Williamson of Great Britain...

  70. 1603: 

    Becky James is clean away and, with legs pumping, racks up a time of 34.133 seconds. Jan van Eijden looks happy with that effort in the centre of the track. Eleven other riders will follow and try and shoot that time down.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Britain's sprint coach Jan van Eijden has just backed Britain's Becky James to be in the mix for medals in the 500m time trial, saying: 'The medals will be drawn from Germany's Miriam Welte, Wal Sze Lee from Hong Kong, Cuba's Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez - and Becky.

    "We won't know for a while if Jan is right - James is first of the 12 riders to go at 1600 GMT but Welte is last up."

  72. 1559: 

    We are just minutes from the start of the evening session in the Belarusian capital. Time to fix up and look smart Team GB fans. Wales' Becky James is the first rider out of the starting gate in the women's 500m time trial, with team-mate Vicky Williamson third.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Walking is the main mode of transport in Minsk, especially in the snow, so I was pleasantly surprised to see my first Belarusian local on a bike during my journey to the velodrome this morning. OK, he was stuck in a snowdrift, but maybe having the world championships here is beginning to have an effect?"

  74. 1555: 

    From the riders who aren't in Belarus but are not supposed to be, to kit that definitely should be there but isn't. The Indian team have not been followed to Minsk by their equipment.

    In the time-honoured tradition of sports halls up and down the land, they had a rummage in the lost property bin, begged their mates and managed to compete in the men's team sprint qualifying this morning in borrowed gear.

    Unsurprisingly they finished last in the timing standings, almost ten seconds behind 14th-placed Ukraine.

  75. 1552: 

    The velodrome can be a confusing scene as riders flit on and off track and up and down the timings. It appears even Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has got a little mixed.

    In an opening speech yesterday, that also promised all the riders free use of the country's ice rinks, he name-checked France's Kevin Sireau and Great Britain's Jess Varnish as ones to watch. One problem: neither are at the Championships. Sports newspaper Pressball was brave enough to point out his mistake.

    Alexander Lukashenko

    Only this live text commentary allows you the chance to get your name up in cyberspace lights though.

    Who is the long-term successor to Chris Hoy in the men's team sprint?

    Who should make the cut for the British women's team pursuit squad when it is expanded to four riders later next year?

    And just how much store are you setting by this week's thrills and spills out East? Answers are welcome on the Twitter handle #bbccycling or via text message from UK mobiles on 81111.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Elinor Barker has got her schoolbooks with her here in Minsk but the Cardiff A-level student is a much bigger swot when it comes to her bike and, yes, she can finish top of the class tonight by helping Great Britain take gold in the women's team pursuit. This is an event that GB has dominated since its inception in 2008 - they are Olympic champions and going for their fifth world title in six years - and in the absence of Jo Rowsell, Barker is aiming to help Laura Trott and Dani King retain their title.

    "This is the last time this event will be contested with three-woman over 3km because it becomes four and 4km after these championships, so the British girls will want to sign off in style."

  78. 1541: 

    There is no escaping the action on the BBC today so do not even try to.

    As well as this live text commentary, there will also be live audio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online from 1600 GMT and live video coverage on the Red Button and online (from 1600 GMT) and BBC Two (from 1615 GMT).

    Even if you are somewhere between home and work you can get all of of that two-wheeled loveliness on your iPhone or Android smartphone via one of our cutting-edge app things.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "There are four other gold medals up for grabs on day two of the world championships. There is British interest in the 500m time trial (Becky James and Vicky Williamson) and in the 15km scratch race (Owain Doull) but not in the men's team sprint finals after Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny and Kian Emadi finished sixth in qualifying earlier.

    "And Irish rider Martyn Irvine is already guaranteed to be the first Irishman since Harry Reynolds in 1896 to win a world track cycling medal - he will go up against defending champion Michael Hepburn of Australia for gold in the individual pursuit."

  80. 1535: 

    So, a bit of morning hiccup, but this is how this afternoon is going to play out in Minsk:

    1600 GMT - Women's 500m time trial featuring Great Britain's Becky James and Vicky Williamson

    1700 GMT - Men's individual pursuit finals

    1735 GMT - Women's team pursuit finals featuring the British team of Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker

    1750 GMT - Men's scratch race featuring Great Britain's Owain Doull

    1825 GMT - Men's team pursuit finals not featuring Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi.

  81. 1532: 

    In this morning's qualifying session the Team GB men's team sprint trio of Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny and Kian Emadi finished sixth and out of medal contention.

    Hindes and Kenny won Olympic gold in the event alongside Sir Chris Hoy in London last summer. Emadi, 20, is one of the contenders to succeed the much decorated Scot as the "man three" who closes out the three-lap 750m race.

    It looks like he might need a bit more time to settle into the role. Hindes was the third fastest "man one", Kenny was the third fastest "man two" while Emadi was only 13th fastest on his leg.

    He had finished fourth in the men's kilometre time trial only a few hours before to be fair.

  82. 1530: 

    This afternoon was supposed to be about two trios, one male one female, gunning for Great Britain's first title of this year's World Track Cycling Championships.

    As it is the women's team pursuit collective of Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker will be the only ones able to garland the red, white and blue with gold.

    Welcome to day two of the action from Minsk and, as with all the best dramas, we start with a little round-up of what you might have missed previously.

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