Schoolgirl Amy's golden moment
CARMARTHEN schoolgirl Amy Roberts has been celebrating European gold after helping Great Britain to top the podium at the European Junior Track Cycling Championships in Portugal.
Seventeen-year-old Roberts, who hails from Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth Valley, stormed to victory in the team pursuit alongside fellow Welsh rider Elinor Barker and Lucy Garner.
The trio beat their Russian rivals in a nail-biting final after qualifying fastest in the heats, clocking a new British record time of 3:35.292 along the way.
They trailed the Russians by 1.8 seconds halfway through the final, but didn't let the pressure get to them.
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By the final lap, they had reduced that advantage to just 0.2 seconds and one final push saw them clinch a 0.4 second win to claim another British record.
Great Britain Olympic development coach, Matt Winston said: "For the final we set out a plan.
"We knew the Russians would set off quick but having watched them in training and in qualification, I knew that they would tie up towards the end.
"The plan was to ride our own schedule regardless of what the Russians were doing up to six laps to go.
"The girls raced as hard as they could to the line and by the finish we had turned the tables and won."
Roberts was back on the track yesterday, but narrowly missed out on another medal when she finished fifth in the points race.
The pupil at QE High School in Carmarthen had earlier in the week competed in the individual pursuit, posting a new personal best for another creditable fifth place.