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Grace Cullen 15 November 2012
Trott makes it two in golden Olympic debut
With one Olympic gold medal already under her belt, Laura Trott had another in her sights, aiming to become a double Olympic and world champion at the age of 20.
Going into the final event of the Omnium, the 500m time trial, Trott was lying in second place, two points behind her rival, Sarah Hammer, needing the performance of her life to deny the American gold.
Waiting for the race to start, Trott’s eyes were trained dead ahead, her steely determination clear for all to see.
Flying out of the starting gate to the Velodrome’s trademark wall of noise, Trott quickly gained on her rival, laying down a lightening pace by the halfway stage.
By the final straight Trott had stated her intentions, she was here to claim gold. Crossing the finish line in Olympic record pace, she punched the air, knowing victory was hers. British Cycling had a new heroine.