7 August 18:23 (BST)

Cycling superstars WILD and HOOGLAND take Dutch to top of track medal table

GLASGOW - Led by star names Kirsten WILD and Jeffrey HOOGLAND, the Netherlands topped the track cycling medal table at the Glasgow 2018 European Track Cycling Championships with five gold and three bronze - after they only finished fourth in 2017.

HOOGLAND trashed all his rivals in the two events he took part in, winning gold in the men's individual sprint and the team sprint, where he was the deciding factor. His 35-year-old team-mate struck gold in the women's scratch race and omnium, as well as a bronze in the madison, taking her European medal tally to 14.

The Netherlands' fifth gold came courtesy of Matthijs BUCHLI in the 1km time trial, with teammate Sam LIGTLEE taking bronze.

At the other end of the spectrum, France only claimed one gold compared to five in 2017, Mathilde GROS winning the women's keirin.

The home crowd, who filled Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena, each day of competition, were rewarded with 10 British medals - four gold, three silver and three bronze.

In her first competition since the birth of her first child, Laura KENNY won gold in the women's team pursuit and elimination race, to make it 12 European titles in total.

Katie ARCHIBALD also won gold in the team pursuit, but had to settle for silver in the individual pursuit and omnium (behind WILD) and fourth place in the madison, despite forming what looked like a dream team with KENNY.

From established stars to one for the future, 19-year-old Ethan HAYTER won a surprise gold medal in the men's omnium, beating a star-studded field that included reigning Olympic and world champions.

But the most successful track cyclist was Daria SHMELEVA (RUS), who scored a hat-trick of golds in the women's sprint, team sprint and time trial, as well as a bronze in keirin.

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