Callum Skinner strikes gold in Manchester

Callum Skinner (centre) with his gold medal, Matt Crampton (left) with silver and Matt Rotherham (right) with bronze after the Men's 1000m Time Trial.  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Callum Skinner (centre) with his gold medal, Matt Crampton (left) with silver and Matt Rotherham (right) with bronze after the Men's 1000m Time Trial. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner struck gold in the kilometre time trial at the British Track Championships in Manchester last night, powering his way to victory in impressive fashion.

The 22-year-old lined up for the final heat with his eye on the time of Matt Rotherham, who was leader after clocking 1 minute 3.497 seconds.

And Skinner, competing for Rigmar Racers, blasted his way around the track to snap up the title in a personal best time of 1:01.843. Matt Crampton bagged silver in 1:02.636 and Rotherham was third. City of Edinburgh’s Bruce Croall was fourth in 1:04.166.

Edinburgh Road Club’s Ellie Richardson was the leading Scot in the women’s 500 metres time trial, taking sixth behind defending champion Jess Varnish in a time of 36.085 seconds.

Double Commonwealth Games medallist Louise 
Haston (with Aileen McGlynn) had teamed up with Laura Cluxton in the paracycling mixed kilometre time trial for blind and visually impaired riders on the opening night.

Haston travelled to Manchester not knowing what to expect from her new partnership with Cluxton, but the duo rose to the occasion to take bronze with a time of 1:14.032.