Cycling: Leeds’s own Katy Marchant makes early exit from sprint competition in Hong Kong

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Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant was eliminated from the sprint competition in the first round on the second day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.

The 24-year-old, from east Leeds, claimed Olympic bronze behind gold medallist Kristina Vogel of Germany and fellow Briton Becky James, who won two silvers in Rio but is absent from Hong Kong on an extended post-Games break.

Britain did not enter the team sprint on Wednesday’s opening day as Marchant was the only female sprinter to travel.

The top four qualifiers - Australia’s Stephanie Morton, Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze, Vogel and Mathilde Gros of France - received a first-round bye.

Former heptathlete Marchant qualified in 16th place and met 17th-fastest qualifier Lin Junhong of China in the first round on Thursday.

Morton clocked 10.724 seconds, while Marchant’s 11.151secs was 0.018 quicker than Lin.

The qualifying ride - a flying 200 metres - established seedings for the head-to-head match sprints and Marchant was paired with Lin.

The Chinese rider led out the Briton, who was unable to round her and exited the competition.

Marchant is scheduled to ride in two more events here - Saturday’s 500 metres time-trial and Sunday’s Keirin.

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