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THAT’S CYCLING! The week in women’s sport

It’s been a phenomenal week in British women’s cycling and the cricket girls have come back fighting too – Adele Norris reports


GB break record and win team pursuit.

GB’s women broke the world record on Friday when they won the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

The new-look team pursuit now includes four riders and a four kilometer race. The GB team is made up of Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker.

The team beat Canada in the final with a world record time of four minutes 19.604 seconds.

Joanna Rowsell takes two golds in two days.

Following the world record-breaking ride with the team pursuit Rowsell qualyified fastest in her individual event.

She beat Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak to win the individual pursuit but she told British Cycling after the final that she thought she’d made a fatal mistake during the race:

‘I had a schedule to ride to, and I pretty much completely ignored it! Chris (Newton) walks the line and the idea is he’s on the line if you’re on pace.’

She said: ‘I came round after my second lap and he was up in the bank so I thought oh dear, I’ve gone out too fast here, which is absolutely fatal in a pursuit.’

Laura Trott wins Omnium title

The double Olympic Champion won GB’s fourth gold medal after a strong performance in the omnium’s scratch race element.

Laura Trott (front) source:
Laura Trott, 21, (front) source:

The six-event omnium results are calculated by adding up each rider’s positions in each event.

Trott, 21, was sixth overnight on Saturday but finished second in the individual pursuit and first in the scratch race, lapping the group and winning the 500m time trial finale.

Overall Trott finished four points clear of Canada’s Gillian Carleton in second.

Becky James takes silver in the Keirin.

James, 21, was unable to stop Germany’s Kristina Vogel, the world cup champion, in the individual sprint.

Six riders took to the track, double world champion James had a good start taking first wheel behind the derny. She had dominated her first and second round heats but Vogul has proven unstoppable in the last few days.

Becky James, 21, source:
Becky James, 21, source:

Jess Varnish was another victim to the German champion suffering a 2-0 defeat and leaving the quarter finals.

James told British Cycling she knew she couldn’t beat Vogul. This is the first time James has raced in the UK since winning keirin and sprint world titles in Belarus in February.

Finally, in the women’s sprint team James and Vicky Williamson took silver behind the Olympic Champs Germany.

CRICKET: England come back fighting and beat West Indies in ODI series

The England ladies had a chance to show the WIndies what they’re made of after they were beaten by the Caribbean side in the Twenty20 Tri-series last week.

On Sunday night England became the first touring women’s team to win a series in the West Indies with a 2-0 series victory.

Charlotte Edwards pre tri-series final  []
Charlotte Edwards pre tri-series final []
The first game was abandoned after three overs because of rain but in the second one-day international match at Port of Spain England took a seven-wicket win over the West Indies.

Sarah Taylor scored England a half-century.

Kate Cross, 22, is making her debut with the team and had a chance to shine when she was asked to field first. She removed three players leaving the Windies 14-3.

Then, on sunday night in a final showdown England with 185 all out (50 overs) beat West Indies 96 (36.4 overs) by 89 runs.

Sarah Taylor’s fifth one-day international century helped the team secure the series.

The win is a fantastic end to the team’s time in Trinidad. They took a younger squad with untested players out for the competition but it didn’t show.

You can listen to England captain Charlotte Edward reflecting on the Tri-Series T20 final courtesy of Leshia Hawkins.

FOOTBALL: England’s unbeaten start to the Women’s world cup continues.

England beat Turkey for a second time in the World Cup Qualifying round on Thursday with a 4-0 win in Adana.

Chelsea forward Eniloa Aluko scored a 25-yard strike and Fara Williom’s took a penalty to make it 2-0 by half time.

Toni Duggan was key to the final two goals, heading a corner from Aluko followed by another head deflected by the cross bar but finding the goal thanks to Jordan Nobbs.

This is the second time England have met Turkey in the qualifying rounds, previously beating them 8-0.

Temporary coach Brent Hills has taken the team to the top of group six.

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