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Britain’s women win madison silver in Paris

Emily Kay and Emily Nelson

It was the first time a women’s madison race had been held on the world stage

Britain’s Emily Kay and Emily Nelson produced a brilliant final sprint to win silver in the women’s madison at the European Track Championships.

The pair, who took top points from the first two sprints in the 120-lap race, were fourth with 10 laps remaining.

But they secured maximum points in the last sprint to finish behind Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore.

“It was a tough race but we fought all the way so we’re happy to take silver,” said junior world champion Kay, 21.

Nelson, 19, added: “We went a little bit big at the start and paid for it in the middle but we came back strong from fourth place.”

It was the first time a women’s Madison race had been held on the world stage, meaning men and women were competing for the same number of medals in Paris.

In the men’s race, Britain’s Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart finished 15th, while Joe Truman was sixth in the keirin.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37746489