Sprint silver spells more joy for Jess

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JESS Varnish enjoyed more success at the Glasgow Track World Cup with silver in the individual sprint.

The Halesowen Cycling Club star defeated British team-mate Becky James, with whom she claimed gold in Friday’s team sprint, before being beaten by Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the gold medal race.

Varnish set the third fastest qualifying time of 11.186 seconds before breezing past Russia’s Anastaysia Voynova in the first round at the Chris Hoy Velodrome yesterday.

Victory over France’s Olivia Montauban then set up an entertaining semi-final with James, in which there was little to choose between the two riders.

Varnish led out heat one, James then reversed the score to set up the decider. A tactical match was eventually taken by Varnish by a narrow margin.

But in the final Vogel simply proved too strong, winning in straight heats.

Speaking afterwards, Varnish said: “I’m really happy. It was good. It's another level now when you get into a final.

“It's nice to be actually in a final. I just want to be able to step it up another level now. I'm not in the best shape, so I've not played all my cards.”

Varnish next rides in the keirin event later today (Sunday).

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