BARNSLEY’S Ed Clancy was celebrating his second cycling medal of the Olympic Games after a superb final event in the omnium won him bronze.
He said it was the perfect way to end the Games after picking up gold as part of the men’s pursuit team on Friday. “I came here for team pursuit Gold,” he admitted afterwards. “In the omnium I knew it was touch and go whether I got a medal.
“I want to say thanks to the team, at one point I even had the great Mark Cavendish on the phone offering me some advice!
“In the points race those guys just tore me apart, but that elimination saved my race. In the scratch, I was in it to win it but I didn’t have the legs. I had the form of my life in the 1km time trial, the flying lap and the individual pursuit. I beat them by a mile in all of them. At one point I was looking at getting the gold but, in the scratch, it just slipped away.”
Clancy’s competition was varied - he won the flying lap on day one, finished 11th in the points race and fifth in the elimination race to sit fourth at the midway point overnight. The 27-year-old moved up to second with second place in the four-kilometre individual pursuit, but fell four points off the pace with a 10th-place finish in the penultimate event, the 15km (60 lap) scratch race.
Clancy clocked one minute 00.981 seconds to win the final discipline, the one-kilometre time-trial.
Rotherham sailor Paul Goodison heads into the medal race in the laser in sixth place today off the Weymouth coast.
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