SportsAid athlete Laura Trott helps GB to gold in women’s team pursuit
04 Aug 2012
SportsAid athlete Laura Trott and teammates Dani King and Joanna Rowsell won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s team pursuit on August 4 in an exceptional ride that broke the world record they set in the heats.
The British cycling trio lead from the start and extended this lead on every lap of the race. By the final lap they had almost caught their US rivals and had them clear in their sights on the back straight, finishing in three minutes and 14.051 seconds. The previous record was three minutes and 15.669 seconds.
In her interview with the BBC on the track-side Trott said, “It’s mad, I actually can’t believe it. I feel dead emotional right now. It was my dream, it’s been my dream since I was eight, and we’ve just gone and done it.”
Trott’s next event in the velodrome is the women’s omnium, which takes place on Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7.
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As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”