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Cycling: Jess Varnish takes 500m TT title on opening night
World Team Sprint Silver Medallist Jess Varnish posted a lifetime best time of 34.500 to take the 500m TT title on the opening night of the British National Track Championships at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.
Varnish was the penultimate rider to go after World Team Pursuit Champion Laura Trott laid down an impressive early time. Becky James, who was last to ride, failed to depose Varnish from top spot, but did enough to comfortably take silver.
“I’m really happy with it,” Varnish told British Cycling. “Obviously to do PB makes it even better. You can only ride against your own time really, so I’m really happy with my time.
“It was really good competition and I’m happy with how it’s gone.”
It was Rosie Blount of Derby Mercury who set the early marker of 37.449 which stood until Dani King took the track and recorded a 35.995.
A few riders later, Laura Trott dethroned King with a 35.980. Trott’s time proved tough to beat, with Sarah Storey, Joanna Rowsell and others failing to depose the World Pursuit Champion.
It wasn’t until the sprint specialists took to the track that Trott’s time was beaten. Prior to the competition, it was announced that Victoria Pendleton had withdrawn from the 500m TT competition.
1 VARNISH Jessica Halesowen A & CC 34.5 52.174 kmh
2 JAMES Rebecca Abergavenny RC 35.142 51.221 kmh
3 TROTT Laura 100% ME 35.98 50.028 kmh
4 KING Dani Horizon Fitness 35.995 50.007 kmh
5 ROWSELL Joanna Horizon Fitness 36.342 49.529 kmh
6 WILLIAMSON Victoria Welwyn Whls CC 36.491 49.327 kmh
7 DAVIS Jenny City of Edinburgh RC 36.571 49.219 kmh
8 BLOUNT Rosie Derby Mercury RC 37.449 48.065 kmh
9 STOREY Sarah Horizon Fitness 37.449 48.065 kmh
10 HOUVENAGHEL Wendy Bikechain – Ricci 37.492 48.01 kmh
11 CRAMPTON Jessica Sport City Velo 37.527 47.965 kmh
12 CHISHOLM Alison Edinburgh RC 37.665 47.79 kmh
13 BROGAN Kayleigh City of Edinburgh RC 37.725 47.714 kmh
14 ARMISTEAD Elizabeth Garmin Cervélo 37.756 47.675 kmh
15 BIRKMYRE Janet XRT Elmy Cycles 37.773 47.653 kmh
16 BARNES Hannah Motorpoint Cycling 37.982 47.391 kmh
17 BAIRD Emma City of Edinburgh RC 38.011 47.355 kmh
18 GARRAD Victoria Swinnerton Cycles 38.193 47.129 kmh
19 MAYHO Hannah 100% ME 38.311 46.984 kmh
20 JOINER Charline City of Edinburgh RC 38.584 46.651 kmh
21 WILLIAMS Donna Team Terminator 38.649 46.573 kmh
22 GLEDHILL Cassie XRT Elmy Cycles 38.782 46.413 kmh
23 RICHARDSON Eleanor Swinnerton Cycles 39.358 45.734 kmh
24 HASTON Louise City of Edinburgh RC 39.411 45.673 kmh
25 COLCLOUGH Katie HTC-High Road 39.71 45.329 kmh
26 MEADOWS Nicci AW Cycles 41.297 43.587 kmh
27 OWENS Cheryl AW Cycles 42.932 41.927 kmh
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