Emma Finucane made history by becoming the first British woman to win the European sprint championship at the European Track Cycling Championships held in the Netherlands.
The 21-year-old effortlessly advanced through her semi-final race against Emma Hinze, setting the stage for a rematch of her previous world championship victory against Germany’s Lea Sophie Friedrich. Finucane dominated the first two races, outpacing her opponent on the final stretch of the second race and securing the title.
“I am at a loss for words, to be honest. I was unsure of how I would perform in this competition,” she stated. “Being so early in the season and my first time competing at a major championship in the rainbows, I was extremely nervous.”
“I successfully managed to handle the pressure and meet my goals on the track, despite conflicting expectations. I approached the race with a determined and aggressive mindset, and I am proud of my performance today. It was a truly special experience and I am hopeful for continued success in the future.”
Dan Bigham beat Charlie Tanfield in the men’s individual pursuit final, with a winning time of 4 minutes and 5.783 seconds.
Bigham stated that the all-national final was quite impressive. Even though he had a smooth qualifying round, he believed he could defeat his opponent. However, during the final, his legs were not performing at their best. He had to push through and concentrate on the small details in order to achieve success.
“I was expecting a faster time, but a victory is still a victory. I am determined to surpass Charlie, and I’m sure he feels the same. We take it very seriously and are not here to play around. Our goal is to win, and I believe that’s a great mindset to have.”
Neah Evans of Britain earned the silver medal in the women’s omnium. Evans placed fourth in the scratch, tempo, and elimination races. Despite finishing second in the points race, she was unable to catch up to gold medalist Anita Yvonne Stenberg of Norway.