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Trott takes silver, Becky James claims gold

ESPN staff
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Double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott was forced to settle for silver in the women's omnium at the Track World Championships on Sunday, but there was more joy for new British star Becky James.

Trott, who won both the team pursuit and omnium gold medals at London 2012, could not repeat that form in Minsk as great rival Sarah Hammer this time came out on top of their duel.

The outcome was no surprise after Trott finished Saturday's schedule in third place, five points adrift of Hammer with three events remaining. In London the 20-year-old was able to mount a final day comeback, but it was never truly on this time for the defending champion.

Hammer, of the United States, extended her advantage to six points ahead of the final discipline, the 500m time trial, which was where Trott stole victory in the summer when posting an Olympic record time of 35.110 seconds.

This time the Brit clocked 35.675 to place fourth, and with Hammer only two places back in sixth the American claimed victory by four points. Australia's Annette Edmondson took bronze.

Trott, who won the world team pursuit title for a third time earlier in the week, said: "I wanted to win them both again, but I tried my best and a better rider beat me on the day.

"The points race let me down again. She beat me by seven places in the points race and overall by four. It's that points race letting me down. I haven't really sat down and worked out how to ride it. I am definitely going to focus on it now."

Becky James proved the star of the event, winning the keirin to become the first Briton to win four medals at a single World Championships. The 21-year-old had won the women's sprint on Saturday, in addition to bronze medals in the team sprint and 500m time trial earlier in the week.

The youngster's efforts ensured Britain finished top of medal table with five gold medals, proving the dominance shown at London 2012 is set to continue.

"After last night, I woke up this morning and I should've been tired, but I wasn't tired at all," James said. "I was just trying to lie in the dark. I was just tossing and turning, replaying the day in my head and trying not to think about it and trying to get to sleep for today's racing.

"I just thought, 'This is the last day, get everything out'. I really did. I got every little bit out of my legs. I feel like it's a complete dream apart from the pain in my legs. Two gold medals!"

James led throughout Sunday's keirin, showing real composure en route to her fourth medal of the championships, something even Victoria Pendleton never achieved. Cuba's Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez was second with Gong Jinjie of China third.

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