Paul and Skinner add second golds

John Paul, Callum Skinner and Bruce Croall saw the City of Edinburgh Racing Club to victory over Glasgow Life in the team sprint final at the Scottish Cycling National Track Championships.

Edinburgh RC’s Alison Chisholm and Eleanor Richardson won the women’s team sprint in the third day of action at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

They edged out double Scottish champion Emma Baird and Jennifer Davis.

Baird had won the women’s sprint and keirin earlier in the weekend.

On Friday evening, she had proved faster than Richardson and Louise Haston in the sprint and in a thrilling keirin final on Saturday night she produced a burst of energy to nip ahead of City of Edinburgh team-mates Davis and Haston, who won silver and bronze respectively.

Chisholm, the 40-year-old World Masters 500m time trial champion, led out Richardson in Sunday’s team sprint final victory against Baird and Davis with a time of 35.84 seconds.

The bronze medal went to Lulu Bartlett and Rebecca Dornan of The Racers.

For former runner Richardson, 27, it was a second gold medal. On Saturday she beat Baird to the Scottish 500m time trial title in 36.55, despite Baird posting a personal best of 36.68. Chisholm took the bronze.

Paul and Skinner had dominated the men’s sprint races on Friday and Saturday and with Croall on Sunday they proved too strong for their west coast rivals, Glasgow Life Track Cycling Team’s Kenny Ayre, Jonathan Biggin and Delhi Commonwealth Games athlete Chris Pritchard.

Skinner became Scottish men’s keirin champion on the first day of the championships, beating Paul in a very close final, with Angus Gillies of TheBicycleWorks.com team taking third place.

It was satisfying for Manchester-based Skinner as he had been unable to compete in the keirin final last year, crashing a few hours before the event and breaking his collarbone.

On day two of this year’s championships, in the best-of-three sprint final, 20-year-old Paul won the first two exchanges with Skinner to retain his Scottish title, with Croall winning the bronze medal.

A fourth and final day of the championships takes place on Sunday 27 October, where the endurance riders take to the track to compete in the kilo, 2km pursuit, 3k pursuit and 4k pursuit.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24515568

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