Elinor Barker poses with her gold medal
Fed up after two silver medals and hearing other nationalities’ anthems far too often at the Tseung Kwan O velodrome, the Welsh rider was determined there would be no consolation prize this time.
And after an epic 100-lap battle with American Sarah Hammer that left Barker at times sickly nervous she won gold in the women’s 25km points race.
“I’ve come so close so many times! I feel like I’m a constant bridesmaid,” said the 22-year-old. “But It was awful to ride! Absolutely horrible.
“I was sickly nervous. Until the last few laps it was looking like another silver. I’m so happy it was a gold.
“I’ve won a world junior title on the road but this is different. It is an incredible feeling to know that at this point in time you are the best in the world.”
Britain finished with five medals – Katie Archibald also took gold in the omnium – wth Australia topping the table with 11, three of them gold.
And after months of allegations of sexism in British Cycling and a likely damning report coming, it should be noted that four of the medals came from the women riders.
New performance director Stephen Park said: “I’ve certainly not seen any evidence this week that there is anything other than equal support for men and women.”