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Gold medal for Elinor Barker despite lap drama

The women's team pursuit also won gold in 2013 Credit: PA

Cyclist Elinor Barker helped secure gold in the team pursuit on day two of the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia.

She raced alongside Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Katie Archibald to claim Britain's sixth women's team pursuit world title out of seven, and the first gold of this year's Championship.

The victory almost didn't happen though, as Barker's legs gave up on the final lap.

She said, '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 we just would've lost if I'd stayed on the front.'

Meanwhile Becky James' run of Track Cycling World Championships medals came to an end as she finished seventh in the women's 500 metres time-trial.

The 22 year-old from Abergavenny had won medals in five successive events - four in 2013 in Minsk, and team sprint bronze earlier this week.

Becky James wins bronze in women's sprint

Becky James (right) and Jess Varnish celebrating their bronze medal Credit: PA

Welsh cyclist Becky James has won Great Britain's first medal of the 2014 Track Cycling World Championships alongside Jess Varnish.

The pair claimed third in the women's team sprint to rescue a poor day for Britain, after the men's team pursuit and team sprint squads failed to advance to their respective medal ride-offs.

James won medals in all four of her events in Minsk in 2013, including two golds and bronze in the team sprint, and has started off in the same vein 12 months on.

Sam Harrison and Owain Doull finished a lowly eighth - Britain's worst result in at least 15 years - in the four-man, four-kilometre event.

They raced alongside Ed Clancy and Jon Dibben.


Becky James' track World Championship hopes

This year's UCI Cycling World Championships get underway today in Colombia.

Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are the Welsh riders taking part in the competition which runs until Sunday.

World Champion Becky James is hoping for a repeat of her performance last year.

"I'd like to go in with the sort of same mindset as I had last year" she says.

"I was so relaxed and I really enjoyed myself so if I can go in with that same mindset and not any expectations I think that's when I'll get the best out of my performance."

Welsh cyclists compete in World Track Championships

The Championships get underway today Credit: ITV News

The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships start in Cali, Colombia today.

Welsh riders Becky James, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Sam Harrison are all taking part in the competition, which runs until Sunday.

Unlike the Olympic Games the World Championships features a full programme of events including:


•Team sprint

•Individual pursuit

•Team pursuit

•Madison (men only)

•Scratch race

•Points race



•Time trial

World War One memorial design unveiled

This is a model of the winning design. The memorial will feature a dragon 8ft long Credit: ITV News Wales / Tom Sheldrick

The First Minister has unveiled the winning design of the World War One memorial to be built in Belgium.

The memorial follows a three-year fundraising campaign in Wales and Flanders.

The dragon, which will be 8ft long and made of bronze, will sit on Welsh stones on the memorial site near Yprès


Tributes paid to 'beautiful' and 'happy' Nina Holmes

The boyfriend of a Gorseinon woman who died at a Bulgarian ski resort bar on Sunday has told ITV News he is returning to the UK today with his girlfriend's body.

Dean Herbert spoke briefly to ITV News to confirm he would be flying home, but said he did not feel ready to comment further.

Mr Herbert also wrote on Facebook: "Sleep tight my babes, promise you're coming home".

Friends of Ms Holmes paid tribute to the 'funny', 'beautiful' and 'happy' 22-year-old, whose family run a local well-known amusements hire company.

I am deeply saddened she is no longer with us. Deepest sympathies to Terry and her loving family.

– Steve Maitland Thomas, friend

Watched you grow from a lovely little girl to a stunning young lady now.

A beautiful angel you are gonna be missed by so many in and out of showland. Keep doing what you do best and rock heaven.

– Hayley Ravenscroft, friend

Police and coroner to liaise over woman's death abroad

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Bulgaria on February 2.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

South Wales Police said it was aware of the incident and would be working with Swansea coroner Philip Rogers once Nina Holmes' body is repatriated.

Gorseinon woman dies at Bulgarian ski resort

Nina Holmes, 22, is pictured here with her boyfriend Dean Herbert. Mr Herbert is returning to the UK today with Ms Holmes' body Credit: Dean Herbert

A Gorseinon woman has died after a night out in a Bulgarian ski resort bar, officials have confirmed.

Nina Holmes, 22, is understood to have collapsed outside BJ's bar in the town of Borovets - 45 miles from the capital Sofia - on Sunday night.

It has been reported that eight other British nationals were taken to hospital following a night out in the resort - which is 45 miles from the capital Sofia - prompting a police investigation.

'Pick n Play' alternative to 'NekNomination' devised

Treforest student Luke Davies has devised a 'Pick n Play' alternative to online drinking game craze Credit: Luke Davies

A student from Treforest has devised a new, positive kind of nomination game as an alternative to the online drinking game craze 'NekNomination'.

The 'NekNomination' game - where people are nominated to post a video of themselves drinking a pint of alcohol before nominating someone else to do the same - has been linked to the deaths of two men from Ireland.

But Luke Davies from Treforest has devised an alternative called 'Pick n Play', in which people can start by playing their guitar or other instruments and then nominate others to do the same, before uploading their videos to Facebook.

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