Lauren Ellis produced the ride of a lifetime in the points race to take three laps on the field, moving her up to fourth place in the women’s omnium at the Olympic Games. Ellis, who had been lying in seventh place after the second last even, the flying lap, was aggressive throughout the points race, and came ever so close to getting on the podium with a super aggressive race in which she certainly made her presence felt.
Sitting in seventh after the time trial, Ellis had to produce a strong ride in the flying lap if she wanted to remain within reach of a medal. However, the time trial and the flying lap are Ellis’ weaker events, which meant that her aim would be to limit her losses rather than advance up the standings.
Ellis’ time of 14.574 seconds placed her eighth at the time, with six strong riders still to come . Laurie Berthon (France) was next, and set the first sub 14 second time, taking the lead with 13.903. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) was up next and fell just short of Berthons’s time to slot into second with 14.023.
Annette Edmondson (Australia) was looking for a good result, and managed to find it as her time of 13.878 allowed her to squeak into the lead with just three riders left to ride.
Sarah Hammer was third last to go, and set a time of 14.034, which put her in fourth, for the time being. Second-placed Joline D’Hoore (Belgium) recorded a 14.195, sixth at the time, and Edmondson must have been starting to think she had the win in the bag, with just Laura Trott (Great Britain) to go. However, Trott was on fire, and was well ahead of Edmondson at all the splits, stopping the clock at 13.708 and chalking up yet another event win in the omnium. Ellis eventually finished in 14th place in the flying lap.
The results left Trott well clear at the top of the table on 196 points, with D’Hoore equal second with Hammer on 172, ahead of Edmondson on 168 in fourth. Ellis was in seventh overall on 116, 66 points off a podium place which left her with a mountain to climb in the points race.
The final event of the women’s omnium was the points race, contested over 100 laps, or 25 kilometres. With intermediate sprints on offer every ten laps, as well as 20 points on offer for each lap gained on the field, the race was still wide open.
There were some early attempts at gaining a lap, but the first serious move came after the second sprint, with Ellis, Dideriksen, Wild, Garcia, and Berthon taking on the field. Along the way the break contested the third sprint, with Dideriksen taking maximum points, and Ellis picking up two, before they made it to the back of the bunch and gained 20 points each for their effort.
Trott took out the next sprint, before Ellis found herself in the thick of the action again as she rode clear with Trott, Hammer, D’Hoore, Sharakova, Dideriksen, and Wild to go out and claim yet another lap on the field. In fact, Ellis would go on to claim three laps on the field, as well as winning the seventh sprint and more points on the third, fifth, and eighth sprints. The final sprint went to Hammer, with Ellis taking second, giving her a massive total of 73 points from the points race, second only to Dideriksen, who accumulated a massive 85 points, thanks to three laps taken on the field, along with four sprints won along the way.
Trott however had managed her rivals for the top of the podium very carefully, and retained her race lead, claiming the omnium gold with a total of 230 points, 24 points clear of Hammer in second, with D’Hoore on 199 points in third. Ellis’ stunning ride in the points race moved her up to fourth place on 189, just ten points off an Olympic medal, tied on points with Dideriksen.