Track Cycling World Championships: GB’s Laura Kenny fourth in scratch race
Great Britain’s Laura Kenny finished fourth in the scratch race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin, a month after breaking her shoulder.
Even the 27-year-old champion was edged out on the line since the Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild won golden.
Portugal’s Maria Martins and also jennifer Valente of the United States took silver and bronze.
Kenny suffered the injury at the World Cup at Milton, Canada in January in a crash during the tempo race.
She told Sport the way she decided to not have an operation – against a surgeon’s advice – in order to keep her Tokyo 2020 trainings, however she will not compete in Berlin in the team pursuit or Madison.
The scratch race – where Kenny won planet gold at 2016 – is not an event.
Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman
“At the back she [Kenny] needed to try for the triumph but she lost a medal.
“She had to give it a habit however, it didn’t pay off to her and it had been so close on the line.
“Kenny was battling to the finish trying to go to the win, for example her nature, and she was sandwiched out.”