Laura Kenny delivers gold for Great Britain at European Championships in Glasgow

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Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny delivered gold for Great Britain on Friday night


Laura Kenny delivered gold for Great Britain again on Friday night – and an early first birthday present for her little boy, Albie.

The four-time Olympic champion has been motivated by the birth of her son and her hunger – the sheer desire to clinch victory in the inaugural multi-sport European Championships in Glasgow – was clear to see.

Along with Scots Katie Archibald and Neah Evans, as well as Elinor Barker, the home fans had reason to cheer after they defeated Italian quartet Letizia Paternoster, Marta Cavalli, Elisa Balsamo and Silvia Valsecchi in a time of 4min 16.896sec to win the women’s team pursuit.

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny delivered gold for Great Britain on Friday night

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny delivered gold for Great Britain on Friday night

Great Britain team Neah Evans, Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald (left to right) celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women's Team Pursuit

Great Britain team Neah Evans, Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald (left to right) celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women's Team Pursuit

Great Britain team Neah Evans, Kenny, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald (left to right) celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit

Kenny said: ‘It’s great to come here to what feels like a home championships again and come away with a win.’

Asked if she was fully fit, she replied: ‘For me personally, not yet. What I compare to is Rio and it seems a long way from that, it took me two years to get to that and for me now I feel like I’m not there just yet, I certainly feel much better than I did at the worlds and I feel more like myself.’

The crowd, momentarily, fell silent at the start before the roar almost blew the roof off this fine arena. Here to see their home favourites, the crowd witnessed something special. A close, nail-biting affair.

The British team led by 0.4sec at one stage, with the gap over the Italians growing by the finest of margins. Leading at the bell, however, the outcome was not in doubt for much longer. They crossed the line as the Italians fell apart.

For the Kenny family, Laura’s triumph made up for her husband Jason’s earlier disappointment.

Kenny (right) laughs with team-mate Evans after winning the gold medal in Glasgow

Kenny (right) laughs with team-mate Evans after winning the gold medal in Glasgow

Kenny (right) laughs with team-mate Evans after winning the gold medal in Glasgow

The six-time Olympic gold medallist suffered a blow after he and team-mates Philip Hindes and Ryan Owens were dumped out of the men’s team sprint. Their first-round defeat by Poland was a setback in the early stages of these championships.

Meanwhile, world record-holder Adam Peaty secured his place in the 100metres breaststroke final with a victory, and the 23-year-old reigning Olympic champion will clash with fellow Briton James Wilby on Saturday afternoon.

Peaty was not happy with his performance but promised to deliver in the final. He said: ‘I was trying too much. My subconscious knew it was a semi-final but I will bring my A game to the final.

‘Who knows what will happen? When you come to something like this it is all about the win and that’s what I’m going for.’

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