Hampshire ace Dani King thanked for 'awesome support' after missing out on place in winning GB World Track Cycling Championship team (From Daily Echo)
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Hampshire ace Dani King thanked for 'awesome support' after missing out on place in winning GB World Track Cycling Championship team
7:56am Friday 28th February 2014 in Sport
DANI King was thanked for her 'awesome support' after missing out on another World Track Cycling gold medal in Colombia.
The Southampton star was left out of the GB women's four-strong team persuit side which survived a scare to win the event, Scot Katie Archibald taking her place instead.
Joanne Rowsell, one of the winning quartet, paid tribute to King.
"She could've easily slotted in, but didn't quite make the selection, but she's been awesome support all week," Rowsell said.
Rowsell, Katie Archibald, Laura Trott and Elinor Barker claimed Britain's sixth women's team pursuit world title out of seven and a first gold of the 2014 World Championships ahead of Canada.
The victory - in four minutes 23.407 seconds to the Canadian quartet's 4mins 24.696secs - so nearly did not happen as Barker's legs gave up on the final lap, with Trott fearing a collision which would have ended with half the British team sprawled on the track.
"At the end Elinor changed down the straight and I hadn't actually made it back on yet," said Trott, who, like Rowsell, celebrated a fourth world title in the team event.
"I was shouting because I thought if she turned any quicker she'd take me out and then it'd be game over if I take her down.
"You get lucky sometimes I guess and that's what happened."
Barker added: "I just could not hold those wheels. I completely parked it up.
"It was a split-second decision. I just had to get out of the way and let the girls carry on with it.
"It was that close that we just would've lost it if I'd stayed on the front."
Olympic champions Britain won five of six world titles in the event over three-kilometres and with three riders - silver in 2010 the only blot on the record - and their dominance had shown little sign of abating with the addition of an extra kilometre and an extra rider this season.
Despite being world record holders and clear favourites, Britain felt under pressure from Canada in a close-run final.
Barker added: "We could feel them breathing down our necks a little bit, but we managed to pull it back in the end."
Archibald has been a revelation after joining the squad full-time at their Manchester training base in November and was selected ahead of London 2012 gold medallist King, who was a reserve.
The 19-year-old from Milngavie, with red, white and blue dyed hair, became Scotland's first female world champion.
She said: "For a long time there's been the pressure of living up to your team-mates and knowing that they've been Olympic champions, world champions, time and time again and so it's good to have someone on your heels, not just bumping elbows with your team-mates."
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