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UCI Track World Championship 2013 – day five: report

Becky James won her second gold and fourth medal overall with victory in the keirin on the final day of the UCI Track World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

The 21-year-old won individual sprint gold on Saturday after overhauling Germany’s┬áKristina Vogel in a thrilling final having already won team sprint and 500m time trial bronze – and added to her haul by becoming┬áthe first British rider to win four medals at a single World Championships.

James led the keirin final from start to finish to stake her claim as British cycling’s successor to the recently-retired double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton.

“Oh my gosh. I can’t believe it. Wow. It’s going to take a good week for it to sink in, or two weeks, or a month,” said James.

“I just need someone to pinch me and tell me if it’s really happening to me. I feel like it’s a complete dream apart from the pain in my legs.”

Meanwhile, Laura Trott lost her world omnium title after finishing second behind America’s Sarah Hammer in the six-discipline event.

The Olympic champion started the day in the bronze medal position and jumped up a step on the podium but the 21-year-old was unable to overhaul Hammer.

“A better rider beat me on the day. What more can I do?” said Trott, whose 10th place finish in the omnium’s points race on Saturday effectively ended her chances of gold.

“After the points race, I am happy to come away with a medal, so to end up with silver I am super happy.”

Great Britain end the five-day championship top of the medal table with nine medals in total, of which five were gold, despite a young squad which included six World Championship debutants.

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