Laura Trott in pursuit of London 2012 Olympics cycling gold

16:34 04 August 2012

Welwyn Wheeler Laura Trott

Welwyn Wheeler Laura Trott

Archant

WELWYN cyclist Laura Trott will go for gold at the London 2012 Olympics later this evening (Saturday) after reaching the final of the women’s team pursuit in a world record time.

The Team GB trio of Hertfordshire 20-year-old Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell booked their place in the gold medal race at the Olympic Park Velodrome by beating Canada in their first round heat.

Having broken their own world record in the qualifiers last night (Friday), the terrific GB trio dominated their 3km race against the Canadians, setting yet another world best.

The reigning world champions clocked a time of 3 minutes 14.682 seconds for 12 laps of the track to coast through to the final as overwhelming favourites.

It was the riders’ fifth successive world record at the event.

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy tweeted: “ANOTHER WORLD RECORD!! @JoannaRowsell @DaniKing1 @LauraTrott31 fantastic!!! 3:14!!”

They will now race off against USA for the team pursuit track cycling gold.

The Americans just pipped Australia in their race.

The final is scheduled for around 5.50pm this evening (Saturday).

Bruce Springsteen fan Trott, who started her career with Welwyn Wheelers at the Gosling Sports Park velodrome in Welwyn Garden City, goes in the individual omnium on Monday and Tuesday.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Labour’s big hitters took seats on the stage as politicians addressed everything from Welsh devolution and childcare costs to minimum pay and Europe at the annual Labour Conference 2014. It’s the final conference before next year’s General Election. With Leader Ed Miliband due to speak on Tuesday, today was about the finances with a keynote […]

Read more

Emma Thompson opened up about her writing process as part of Bafta’s Screenwriters Lecture Series.

Read more

Michelle Keegan and Lipsy have teamed up for the third time to launch a new AW14 collection.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

(Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

If there’s one thing that can change Londoners from nice, normal people into superhumans capable of extreme levels of rage and passive aggression, it’s the descent below-ground.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more