Laura Trott, the reigning Olympic and European champion in the six-event “Omnium” discipline, improved on the second places at the last three world championships to regain the rainbow jersey she wore in Melbourne four years ago.
She led the standings by 12 points after five events, finishing third in both Sunday morning’s 500m time trial and the flying lap, and was supreme in the points race.
With 17 laps remaining in the 100-lap race, the Briton was 23 points ahead of her nearest rival after two sprint victories, and her dominance gave the crowd an opportunity to stand in ovation as she rode the final lap.
She ended the competition with 201 points, an 18-point advantage over silver medallist Laurie Berthon of France, who outsprinted overnight leader Sarah Hammer in the race for second and third.
“It’s only taken four years to get the gold back,” laughed Trott, who has won three omnium silver medals since winning the world title in 2012. “I tried to get enough points early and I’m just so happy. This is what I did before London. This time I really wanted to win so I’m just glad I could pull it off.”
It has been a wonderful week for the double Olympic champion, who has now won seven world titles and whose gold in the scratch – a non-Olympic event – was Britain’s first victory of the championships.
Laura was born a month prematurely in Essex with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She began cycling recreationally with her mother, it was here her talent was noticed and she began to be serious about the sport.
Standing 5 feet 4 inches in height and weighing in at just over 8 stone it is remarkable the amount of power she is able to generate on the track but also her steely determination to win (very un British), her track record of success is second to none. Let us hope she is successful at the next Olympics.
And surely after this latest success she must be a leading contended for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (please god not bloody Andy Murray again) and it can’t be long before she is honoured with a Damehood!