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Jess is going for solo gold after Glasgow glory
3:00pm Wednesday 21st November 2012 in Local
BROMSGROVE cycling star Jessica Varnish has targeted individual success after winning gold and silver in the latest round of Track World Cup at the weekend.
The 22-year-old sees her future in the individual sprint after a encouraging performance at the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
The Finstall flyer defeated her main rival on the British team Becky James to book her place in the final.
But she had to settle for silver after being edged out Germany’s Kristina Vogel.
She now flies out with the British squad today to an Australian training camp in preparation for the final round of the Track World Cup in Mexico this January and the World Championships in Belarus next February.
“I felt Glasgow went really well, I was happy with my performances,” Varnish said. “I am starting to concentrate on the individual event, it’s how I want to progress.
“This was a really good start and I was pleased with my performance.”
Varnish and James combined to great effect in the team category in Glasgow.
With Victoria Pendleton retiring the pair were forging a new partnership, but they showed little sign of teething problems as they powered to gold.
After qualifying quickest, the British duo comfortably defeated Spain’s Calvo Balbero and Casas Roige in the gold medal race, clocking a time of 33.428 seconds.
Victory consolidated their lead in the World Cup standings, following their opening round win in Columbia last month.
Varnish’s medal winning success was the first time she had raced in Britain following her and Pendleton’s disqualifacation at the London 2012 Games. But she insisted she has recovered from her disappointment. She said: “At the end of the day it was just another tournament, I am concentrating on what’s ahead.”