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Trott wins historic fourth Olympic gold – highlights & report

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Trott wins historic fourth Olympic gold

Laura Trott has become the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals by defending her omnium title.

The world champion, 24, moves ahead of Charlotte Dujardin, who equalled her record of three Olympic golds with victory in the individual dressage.

“I can’t believe it. I didn’t expect that at all,” said a tearful Trott, who matched her team pursuit and omnium victories from London 2012 in Rio.

She scored 230 points to win the title by 24 from American Sarah Hammer.

Trott, from Cheshunt, had taken a commanding 24-point advantage into the 100-lap points race, which concluded the six-discipline omnium, and rode a tactically-astute race, closing down attacks from her rivals and picking up points in the 10 intermediate sprints.

“I couldn’t have done it without everyone, especially Paul Manning my coach. He puts up with me on a daily basis and I am over the moon,” added Trott, who also won her second world omnium title earlier in the year.

Reaction to Laura Trott’s fourth Olympic gold

Olympic cycling world champion Victoria Pendleton: “Laura Trott is incredibly tough and tenacious. She might look fragile but it is the complete opposite of what is going on inside. She always pushes herself to the absolute limit.”

Laura Trott’s GB team-mate Joanna Rowsell Shand on BBC One: “Laura has got a 100% record in the Olympics – she rode twice in London and two here in Rio and she has won all four. That must be a record in itself.”

Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman on BBC TV: “Laura didn’t put a foot wrong in the entire race. She did everything that she needed to do, didn’t panic and the battle behind her played right into her hands.”

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