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Trott on verge of historic gold in omnium

Great Britian's Laura Trott

Laura Trott is engaged to five-time gold medallist Jason Kenny

Britain’s Laura Trott came second in the time trial but still extended her overall lead in the Olympic omnium in Rio with two of the six events to go.

The defending champion, 24, will have more Olympic gold medals than any other British woman if she holds on to secure a fourth Olympic title.

Starting the day eight points ahead of nearest rival Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium, Trott finished the time trial on 156 points.

She is 12 points ahead of D’Hoore.

Australia’s Annette Edmondson won the time trial.

Trott is seeking her second gold medal at Rio after helping Great Britain defend the team pursuit title they won at London 2012.

The remaining two events on Tuesday are the flying lap at 20:10 BST and the points race at 21:05 BST.

Meanwhile, Becky James and Katy Marchant both advanced to semi-finals of the sprint.

James, 24, knocked out world champion Zhong Tianshi to advance.

In the men’s keirin, Jason Kenny, who is chasing a sixth Olympic gold medal, advanced to the second round.

However, Callum Skinner’s excellent first Olympics ended in disappointment after he was disqualified for almost colliding with Matthew Baranoski of the United States in the first round repechages.

Skinner, 23, was part of Britain’s sprint team which won gold while he won silver in the individual sprint.

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