Laura Trott and Katie Archibald dominate European Track Championships

Great Britain win six golds and three bronzes in Grenchen

Great Britain’s women took centre stage at the European Track Championships as Laura Trott and Katie Archibald returned from Grenchen with three gold medals apiece.

After winning team pursuit gold together on the opening day, a feat replicated by the Bradley Wiggins-powered male quartet, Trott went on to win both the scratch race and the omnium.

Laura Trott won three gold medals at the European Track Championships in Grenchen (pic: Alex Whitehead/

Archibald, meanwhile, won further golds in the individual pursuit and elimination race as Great Britain topped the medal table with six golds and three bronzes – all won by the endurance squads.

Ten months out from the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Trott proved her form with a comfortable victory in the omnium – winning the individual pursuit, elimination race and flying lap before maintaining her lead in the points race.

Archibald, meanwhile, qualified fastest in the individual pursuit and beat Elise Delzenne (France) in the final, while team-mate Ciara Horne qualified third fastest and went on to win bronze ahead of Germany’s Mieke Kroeger.

Katie Archibald also picked up three gold medals as the women’s endurance squad showed good form ten months out from the Olympics (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix)

With both Trott and Archibald also winning the scratch race and elimination race, respectively, it made for a hugely successful meet for the women’s endurance squad.

Their male counterparts also returned with two further bronze medals, courtesy of Jon Dibben and Chris Latham.

Dibben put in a gutsy points race in the final round of the men’s omnium – winning the sprint on three occasions and lapping his rivals to finish third overall, just three points behind Team Sky’s Elia Viviani (Italy) and Cannondale-Garmin’s Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark).

Latham, meanwhile, took bronze in the elimination race; he also finished 12th in the Madison with Oliver Wood – who finished 15th in the points race – and Andy Tennant was fifth in the individual pursuit.

Jon Dibben’s gutsy points race earned him third in the omnium behind WorldTour pros Elia Viviani and Lasse Norman Hansen (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix)

While the endurance squads returned with medals, however, there was no success for either the men’s or women’s sprint squads.

Having already missed out on the medal finals in the team sprints, Jason Kenny had to settle for fifth in the individual sprint – losing in the quarter-finals to eventual winner Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands).

Lewis Oliva was eighth in the same event, having twice come through the repechages to reach the quarter-finals and Matt Crampton was eighth in the men’s kilo – the same place Kenny finished in the men’s keirin.

The sprint squads returned without any medals, however (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix)

Katy Marchant’s fourth place in the women’s kilo was the sprinters’ best result, with the 22-year-old also claiming seventh in the individual sprint and tenth in the keirin.

Jess Varnish was tenth in the individual sprint and Victoria Williamson was seventh and 18th in the kilo and keirin respectively.


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