Para-cycling Track World Championships: Great Britain win record medal haul

Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott hold a British flag aloft after winning gold in the women's tandem 1km time trial
Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott won two golds in the WB 1km time trial and the WB sprint final

Britain's Para-cyclists won two golds on the final day of the Para-cycling Track World Championships, to claim their greatest ever total of 20 medals.

On the final day, Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott won their second gold of the event, in the WB sprint final.

Defending champions Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham won the men's B sprint final gold, despite going out in the second round.

Britain won 10 golds in total, with Sarah Storey winning two on Saturday.

Before they crashed in their sprint final, Fachie and Rotherham were racing British compatriots James Ball and pilot Pete Mitchell, who technically won the second round to take it to a third and final race.

However, race organisers awarded gold to a very bruised Fachie and Rotherham as they had been set to be clear winners and the crash was not caused by another rider.

Ball and Mitchell, who won gold in the MB 1km time trial on Saturday, conceded the race to take silver.

Fachie said: "We were hungry [to win gold]. We wanted to win badly, we wanted to prove that we can still be the best in the world."

Of their injuries, Rotherham added: "It does sting right now and for a couple of days it'll sting. I guess we'll see the doctor, so hopefully it's not too bad."

Sarah Storey
Sarah Storey secured her 14th world championship title with two golds on Saturday

Earlier on Sunday, Rio Paralympic champions Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy could not overturn the lead of a strong team from China and took silver for Britain in the mixed team sprint.

Britain's William Bjergfelt won silver in the MC5 scratch race.

He gained a lap before sprinting into silver medal position behind Australia's Alistair Donohoe.

It was a first world medal for the 40-year-old, who competed as an able-bodied athlete in mountain biking and road racing until 2015.

British rider Jon Gildea won the MC5 omnium on Sunday but as it is a test event at this year's World Championships, no medals were awarded.

The tally of 10 golds, nine silver and one bronze in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands was Britain's greatest at either a track or road Para World Championships.

Jon Pett, head of Para-cycling for British Cycling, said: "I think the strength of Para-cycling really has been on display here.

"There have been a lot of the faces that we've come to know over the last few years. But we've also seen some new riders and performances that are really taking things beyond where they've been."

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Britain's William Bjergfelt won silver in the MC5 scratch race

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