European Championships 2018: Laura Kenny wins second gold in Glasgow in elimination race

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Laura Kenny

Britain’s Laura Kenny won her second gold medal of the European Championships in Glasgow with victory in the women’s elimination race.

Germany’s Anna Knauer and Russia’s Evgenia Augustinas won silver and bronze respectively as Kenny secured her 12th European title.

The four-time Olympic champion, 26, won gold as part of Britain’s team pursuit quartet on Friday.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel good out there,” she told BBC Sport.

“It was much faster at the beginning than I expected it to be. Before I came into it I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it because it’s been a year since I raced one of these and I was so nervous before it.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m just so happy.”

Kenny returned to racing earlier this year having taken time out after Rio 2016 to start a family with husband and fellow multiple Olympic champion Jason Kenny.

She gave birth to their son, Albie, in August 2017.

“I was thinking I didn’t want to leave Albie for nothing because he wasn’t very happy this morning,” she said.

“I’m glad I’ve got another medal to take home to him – and he needed another seal mascot because the dog got the last one.”

Kenny will go for a third gold medal on Tuesday when she teams up with Katie Archibald in the madison.

Archibald won team pursuit gold with Kenny on Friday, and took silver in the individual pursuit on Saturday.

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