Bronze is no consolation for gallant Hayles

Rob Hayles gave British cycling a fifth medal as the world track championships reached its finale yesterday. He deserved another for his gallantry against the odds over the past six weeks.

Rob Hayles gave British cycling a fifth medal as the world track championships reached its finale yesterday. He deserved another for his gallantry against the odds over the past six weeks.

He raced to a bronze in the 4,000 metres pursuit at the Manchester velodrome where Britain also did itself a power of good on the organising side.

Another sell-out crowd in the 5,000 capacity stadium were on their feet as Hayles sent the British score to one gold, two silver, and two bronze, but it has been a tough campaign for him.

In Sydney, his saddle slipped when he was in sight of a pursuit bronze and then in the madison team race he crashed when two laps from a medal. He returned to Britain to hear that the medal strategy for the world championships meant that he and Bradley Wiggins could not resume their madison partnership.

There was no consolation for him in yesterday's medal. "It just makes it worse. I have been very stressed over the last 10 days, and when the alarm sounded in our hotel at 4.30am that did not help."

Yvonne McGregor's gold medal looked large on her tiny frame, and at 39 she could not resist saying, "It just shows age doesn't matter if you are determined enough."

She has hinted at potential for some years. A bronze in the Olympic pursuit raised the hopes of her coach Peter Keen, and with her customary start she had home hearts racing faster in the 3,000m pursuit final.

With two laps to go she went ahead of the German Judith Arndt, and the crowd rose to greet Britain's first woman pursuit champion since Beryl Burton's fifth gold 34 years ago.

"I would never have thought that it could have happened to someone like me. It's almost better than Olympic bronze," she said, adding that she would defend her crown next year in Antwerp, and then retire.

Her victory capped Britain's renaissance on the track where nine medals have been won since day one of the Olympics in Sydney, and she is not Britain's only world cycling champion this year.

There are three - an achievement that will send archivists checking for the last time. And they will have to go back to the beginning of the last century for anything comparable.

The crowd here was also introduced to Nicole Cooke, the Welsh teenager who won the junior world road race championship in Brittany earlier this month. Jason Queally, though, needed no introduction. Every time he appeared the crowd roared, and he responded by leading his Olympic Sprint team-mates, Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean, to a silver treble.

They won world silvers in Berlin last year, and in the Olympics, each time battling with France, and the French champion Arnaud Tournant admitted yesterday: "The gap is closing." After the silver performance, Chris Hoy summed up British resolve with: "next year..."

Frederic Magne retired from the track with his seventh world title. The Frenchman, dubbed the "angry little bull" because of his stocky build and will to win, regained the keirin sprint title with a last-lap charge. Magne beat the German Jens Fiedler who wrested the honours from him in 1998.

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
football
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
Voices
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Sport
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
sport
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Senior Risk Manager - Banking - London - £650

£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...

Commercial Litigation Associate

Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION - GLOBAL...

Systems Manager - Dynamics AX

£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...

Service Delivery Manager (Software Development, Testing)

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little