Cycling: Hat-trick of golds for Katie Archibald

The British Team, from left, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell and Katie Archibald, in Grenchen. Pic: AP
The British Team, from left, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell and Katie Archibald, in Grenchen. Pic: AP
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Former City of Edinburgh cyclist Katie Archibald returned from the UEC European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland, with a hat-trick of gold medals after triumphing in the team pursuit, individual pursuit and elimination race.

The performance means that the 21-year-old is firmly on course for a place at next summer’s Olympics in Rio.

Archibald landed the first of her three titles when she linked up with Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker to win the team pursuit, with the British squad catching Russia shortly after the half-way point in the 4-kilometre event.

She then posted the fastest time in qualifying for the 3km individual pursuit with a 3 minutes 31.959 seconds clocking. That set up a place in the gold medal ride off against Elise Delzenne of France. And, although almost a second slower in the title decider, Archibald, the defending champion, dominated proceedings, seeing off her rival by almost five seconds.

The Scot then showed that there is more to her repertoire than sheer power when she returned to the top step of the podium for a third time after displaying her racing skills to clinch gold in the elimination race.