Louise Haston wins world title and five medals

Louise Haston

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Lothians cyclist Louise Haston returned from the World Masters Track Championships in Manchester with a haul of five medals.

She finished on the podium in all of the events she contested. Haston also recorded two personal best performances over the eight days of competition.

She won gold and the world champion’s jersey in the 35-39 years age group 5 kilometre scratch race as she got the better of French rider Christelle Ribault and Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands.

The 35-year-old from South Queensferry, a double silver medallist as a pilot in paracycling events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, had kicked off her week with a silver medal in the individual pursuit and followed that up with her scratch race triumph and bronze medals in both the 500 metres time trial and the points race.

And she rounded off a gruelling week with a victory over Australia’s Rebecca Wheadon in the individual sprint bronze medal ride off on Saturday evening.

City of Edinburgh rider Ivor Reid also earned a champion’s rainbow jersey when he linked up with English duo Steve Cronshaw and Brad Thurell to win the 55-64 years team sprint.