European Championships 2018: Laura Kenny wins second gold in Glasgow in elimination race

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Laura Kenny delighted with elimination race gold, despite ‘Mum guilt’
2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app.

Britain’s Laura Kenny won her second gold medal of the European Championships in Glasgow with victory in the women’s elimination race.

Germany’s Anna Knauer and Russia’s Evgenia Augustinas won silver and bronze respectively as Kenny secured her 12th European title.

The four-time Olympic champion, 26, won gold as part of Britain’s team pursuit quartet on Friday.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel good out there,” she told BBC Sport.

“It was much faster at the beginning than I expected it to be. Before I came into it I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it because it’s been a year since I raced one of these and I was so nervous before it.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m just so happy.”

Kenny returned to racing earlier this year having taken time out after Rio 2016 to start a family with husband and fellow multiple Olympic champion Jason Kenny.

She gave birth to their son, Albie, in August 2017.

“I was thinking I didn’t want to leave Albie for nothing because he wasn’t very happy this morning,” she said.

“I’m glad I’ve got another medal to take home to him – and he needed another seal mascot because the dog got the last one.”

Kenny will go for a third gold medal on Tuesday when she teams up with Katie Archibald in the madison.

Archibald won team pursuit gold with Kenny on Friday, and took silver in the individual pursuit on Saturday.

‘She’s better than anyone else in the world’ – analysis

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, speaking on BBC TV

Laura Kenny loves the elimination race because it’s so unpredictable and so chaotic and she thrives on the chaos.

She rides this race better than anyone else in the world – male or female. She’s got a calm head, the tactics and the legs.

She’s still really on the comeback trail – she’s not really 100% yet – but this has been her best showing since Rio.

It will be exciting to see what she can do in the madison with Katie Archibald.

No road race medal for Rowe

Later, Britain’s Dani Rowe finished 10th as 2007 world champion Marta Bastianelli won European gold in the women’s road race.

Netherlands’ three-time European gold medallist Marianne Vos took silver and Germany’s Lisa Brennauer won bronze – less than 24 hours after she won individual pursuit gold on the track.

With less than two laps to go, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Rowe was one of a leading pack of three alongside Dutch Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen and Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini.

But Rowe was quickly reeled in by the chasing peloton, and they closed down Van der Breggen and Borghini with 1km to go, before the race ended in a sprint finish.



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