King bullish about Olympic omnium prospects

Fri, 11 Nov 12:21:00 2011

Dani King believes she proved a point to herself that she can handle the pressure in the build-up to next year's London 2012 Olympics at the track cycling World Cup in Astana.

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King claimed silver in only her second ever omnium competition, and is buoyant after the result.

The performance in Astana capped a year to remember for the 20-year old, who was a shock inclusion in the women's team pursuit squad at the World Championships earlier this year where she joined veteran Wendy Houvenaghel and fellow rising star Laura Trott to take gold.

King also won the European team pursuit title, but admits the prospect of taking Britain's omnium berth at London 2012 is most exciting with the six discipline event making his Olympic debut next summer.

"If the opportunity to ride the omnium at the Olympics presented itself, I’d take it with both hands, but my main aim remains the team pursuit," she told British Cycling.

"Between now and the Games I won’t be focusing on the omnium, my training will be all towards the pursuit and if I’m in good shape then selection will take care of itself.

"I was very happy with the result (in Astana). I knew my first ever World Cup was going to be a step up, but I had no idea by how much.

"The biggest challenge after winning the first event was keeping my feet on the ground and taking each event as it came. All I wanted to do was prove I could handle the pressure."

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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