Barker picks up silver at World Championship

Elinor Barker had to settle for silver as Great Britain won a medal in the first final of the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong on Wednesday's opening day.

Elinor Barker

Barker, Olympic champion in the team pursuit in Rio, appeared to be well-placed to succeed absent team-mate Laura Kenny as scratch race world champion. Kenny won the title last year in London, but is now pregnant and taking a break.

The 22-year-old Cardiff racer was one of six riders to lap the field with seven laps of the 40-lap race to go and was the main protagonist in the closing stages.

She launched her sprint with a lap and a half to go, but had to round a lapped rider on the final bend and the moment's hesitation may have had an impact in the finishing result.

Barker tried to cling on, but Italy's Rachele Barbieri narrowly beat her to the line. Belgium's Jolien D'hoore was third.

Barker could claim a second medal on Thursday. She is expected to come into the four-rider, four-kilometres team pursuit squad for the first round and a possible medal ride.

Ellie Dickinson, Emily Kay, Manon Lloyd and Emily Nelson qualified in fifth place, meaning Britain can win bronze at best. Only the top four ranked teams can bid for gold.

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