Harrison misses out on medal ride


Becky James

Becky James is one of a young squad, with four making their World Cup debuts

Great Britain’s Sam Harrison endured more frustration after missing out on a medal ride in the individual pursuit at the Track World Cup meeting in Beijing.

Harrison, who helped GB to fourth place in the team pursuit on Friday, was half a second adrift after qualifying sixth.

Harrison, Mark Christian, Joe Kelly and Simon Yates missed out on a bronze medal to New Zealand.

Becky James and World Cup debutant Victoria Williamson went out in qualifying for the flying 200m.

Commonwealth medallist James clocked 11.582 seconds to finish 19th with Williamson eight hundredths further adrift in 20th, but only the top 16 progressed to the next round.

Another World Cup debutant, Callum Skinner, finished third in his keirin heat and went out after a fourth-place finish in his repechage heat.

Another new-boy, 18-year-old Owen Douall, placed 12th in the scratch race on Friday after finishing third in qualifying.

Most of GB’s leading lights such as Sir Chris Hoy are preparing for February’s London leg, also an Olympic test event.

The Beijing leg is the third race in a series of four ending on 15 January, following November’s Kazakhstan meet and December’s race in Colombia.

London will host the finale on 17-19 February.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/16411291.stm

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