Gold for Archibald and GB ‘Superheroes’

Scot hails record-breaking women's cycling team

Scotland’s Katie Archibald says she and her teammates “felt like superheroes” as they smashed the world record to claim gold in the women’s team pursuit.

Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, and Joanna Rowsell-Shand  set a new world record of four minutes 10.236 secs, to finish well ahead of the USA.

Archibald completed a remarkable comeback from a motorcycle crash to become the second Scots woman to claim Gold in Rio, following rower Heather Stanning.

She said: ”I had a sneaky look at the end to see if we were there and once you get that champing-on-the-bit sensation, we felt like super heroes, I suppose.

“It’s pretty special. I’ve not won a team pursuit since the Europeans this year.

“It’s all the cliches at the moment; it’s overwhelming, it’s a dream come true, because nobody really expects that they’ll make that gold medal.”

Archibald missed the World Championships after damaging her knee and elbow in a 70mph crash.

Her Gold helped make Rio the most successful away Olympics ever for Scots athletes, even before Andy Murray and Calum Skinner were counted.

Archibald added: ”That feels pretty special, pretty exciting for the Gold Coast in 2018.

”It’s pretty mad, with Callum getting in the track cycling scene, that progression over the last few years.

“I train as GB most of the year until the Commonwealth Games so it’s exciting when you see people that you’ve seen for years go through different programmes and different levels and now we’re all at the top.”

Mike Whittingham, sportscotland’s Performance Director, said: “What a brilliant performance by Katie Archibald and her Team GB colleagues to win gold in the Team Pursuit and break the world record. I’m utterly thrilled for Katie, who has come back from rupturing her posterior cruciate knee ligament and fracturing her elbow last year to become an Olympic champion in her first Games.”

He added: “Incredibly, after only eight days of competition, Scots have already won 10 medals in Rio. This is the highest number of medals ever won by Scots at an ‘away Olympic Games’ and with Callum Skinner and Andy Murray in the gold contests for track cycling’s Sprint and tennis’ Singles respectively, that number is guaranteed to rise to at least 12.

“Scottish athletes have performed brilliantly well so far at Rio and it is great to see them succeeding on the biggest stage of all.”

Archibald’s teammate, Laura Trott, who became the first British female to win three Olympic gold medals, said: “I’ve never been in a team that feels so seamless. You can tell that everyone was giving 100 per cent to get to the finish line first and I could not be prouder right now.”