Dani King desperate to impress after poor start to Commonwealth Games campaign

Dani King's body language tells its own story after she finished eighth earlier today.

Dani King's body language tells its own story after she finished eighth earlier today.

First published in Sport

DANI King is determined to seize her next chance after a disappointing start to her Commonwealth Games campaign in Glasgow.

Two years ago the 23-year old joined forces with Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell to memorably win team pursuit gold at the London 2012 Olympics – and two world titles have been claimed since by Britain in the discipline.

But today in Glasgow teammates became rivals in the individual pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Rowsell went on to claim gold while both King and Trott failed to qualify for the medal races, ranking sixth and eighth respectively.

King was over nine seconds off the qualifying pace set by her teammate Rowsell, who was always expected to challenge for gold after winning the world title earlier this year.

However, coach Chris Newton insisted he wasn’t surprised by the results, with the track cycling season finishing in March and all planning focussed on peaking at the Rio Olympics two years from now.

“It’s where we predicted and where we based our scheduling at,” he said. “I’m disappointed for Laura [Trott] and Dani [King] and with a few other things that have go on.

“I think they will have their own disappointment with the results – they are highly competitive as a group so they’ll have their own feeling about this. All we can do is be there for them, let them do their ride and back them up.

“There was always going to be highs and lows but in the end everyone puts their arms around each other and we move on. It’s a tough track to ride especially for the pursuits and I think the men will demonstrate that as well.”

King has a busy schedule in Glasgow and will be on the track for tomorrow's' women’s scratch race, in which she won world bronze three years ago, and will also compete in Sunday’s points race.

And she will also ride for Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in next week’s women's road race.

“Dani will be disappointed but she’s got more events to come and she’s a pretty determined character," said Rowsell.

“Our priority is always riding together in the team pursuit and we are disappointed it’s not part of these Games.

“It’s strange riding against your teammates and your friends because you always want them to do so well.”

– Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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