Dutchwoman Kirsten Wild claimed the opening gold medal at the world track championships as she edged the women’s scratch race at the Berlin velodrome on Wednesday.
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The 37-year-old timed her attack to perfection on the last of the 40 laps to beat American Jennifer Valente.
Laura Kenny proved she was back in the hunt for medals following her crash in Milton at the end of January which left her with a fractured shoulder. Kenny narrowly missed out on the podium in the scratch race, finishing in fourth place. Maria Martins from Portugal winning the bronze respectively.
The women’s team pursuit squad of Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Neah Evans and Ellie Dickinson set the second fastest time in qualifying (4:11.871) and will take on Canada in the first round of the event tomorrow.