Callum Skinner wins fourth British track gold in team sprint

Callum Skinner (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
Callum Skinner (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner completed an outstanding week in the saddle when he played his part in landing team sprint gold in the closing session of the British Track Championships.

The 22-year-old, who is based at the British Cycling headquarters in Manchester, linked up with Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes to take the title for the North West region.

It was a fourth visit to the top step of the podium for Skinner, who had also tasted success in the colours of his team, Rigmar Racers, in all three of the individual events he contested.

A personal best of 1 minute 1.843 seconds on his way to winning the kilometre time trial kicked off Skinner’s run of success on Thursday and he followed that up the next night with victory over a strong field in the Keirin.

There was little time to recover from that success before he was back in action on Saturday for the qualifying round of the individual sprint, where he topped the list with a time of 10.193 seconds then beat Dan Bray and Jonathan Biggin then ousted Matt Rotherham 2-0 to reach the last four.

Skinner dug deep to bounce back from losing the first leg of his semi-final against Hindes and book a place against Matt Crampton in the final. After winning the first leg, the Scot was edged out in the second rider, sending the gold medal showdown to a decisive third leg, where Skinner took the honours by a fraction of a second that equated to five centimetres.

“It’s good to win them when they’re close. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth having,” said Skinner. “There’s an incredible strength in depth here and they’re a pleasure to train with day-in-day-out and it’s been amazing.”