Golden consolation for Halesowen cyclist Jess Varnish

Halesowen’s Jess Varnish claimed gold as she bounced back from her Olympic heartbreak by partnering Becky James to victory in the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Jess Varnish, left, and Becky James celebrate gold in the team sprint
Jess Varnish, left, and Becky James celebrate gold in the team sprint

The 21-year-old and her new team sprint partner James won the final in their best-ever time of 33.428 seconds to see off their Spanish rivals by 0.7 seconds and bag Britain’s first gold medal of the meeting.

The win put Varnish back on track after she and the now-retired Victoria Pendleton were disqualified from the same event at London 2012 when they looked set to challenge for gold.

Bromsgrove-based Varnish, a member of Halesowen Cycling Club, said: “It’s definitely going to be hard without the older and more mature riders, but as you’ve seen we’re doing pretty well. It’s really good to be back on the podium. It’s a bonus to be doing it in front of our home crowd.”

Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker maintained Britain’s winning momentum by pipping Australia to take gold in a close final of the the women’s team pursuit.

Ed Clancy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won silver in the team sprint.

Varnish later claimed sixth place in the 500m time-trial.

She said: “I want to get as much track time and as many races under my belt as possible. We’ve got to keep building on all of this.”

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