James and Mould both earn medals
10:40pm Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport
GWENT duo Jon Mould and Becky James were key to yet more success for British Cycling, this time at the Track Cycling World Cup.
Abergavenny’s James, who only missed out on a spot at the London Olympics due to a change in the participation eligibility, added a silver medal in the women’s sprint on Sunday evening.
It capped a glorious event for James, tipped as the long-term replacement for Victoria Pendleton, after her and Jess Varnish finished with a gold medal in the women’s team sprint.
However, James was unable to complete a hat-trick, settling for fourth place in the keirin, though she was ahead of Varnish in fifth.
James, who had been fastest in qualifying, was so close to winning a second gold in the women's sprint that it took a photo finish to separate her from winner Wai Sze.
Newport’s Jon Mould, another competitor with his sights set on the next Olympics, also won a medal.
The 21-year old endurance rider has only recently become a permanent fixture on the senior circuit and racing for the newly formed Team SWI Welsh cycling, he also found his way to the podium.
He was third in the men’s points race.
Mould had to withdraw from the men’s omnium on day two because of illness but gained three laps over the 30km distance of the points race as Austria’s Andreas Graf took gold.
The second round of the World Cup takes place from 16-18 November and is the debut international event for the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.