Old Dalby rider Tom Chandler misses out on national medal by 0.7secs

Tom Chandler celebrates a brilliant national series win in awful conditions EMN-150728-194419002
Tom Chandler celebrates a brilliant national series win in awful conditions EMN-150728-194419002
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Old Dalby rider Tom Chandler came within a whisker of a medal after a hugely positive few days at the National Junior Track Championships.

While competing over several disciplines, Chandler had his sights firmly fixed on the 3,000m individual pursuit, and completed the qualifying heats fourth fastest in 3min 25.641secs.

The top eight went through to the finals where the Sherwood Pines rider went off against the third-fastest rider in the third/fourth place ride for the bronze medal.

Chandler led for the first half, but his rival, from the Glasgow Cycling team, began to pull back and pipped the Leicestershire rider at the line by just 0.7secs.

He said: “I went in an early heat and went faster than I had planned. I then had to watch tensely as the rest of the riders came in.

“It was a hard final, and a bit of a hard result to take when I was so close to the podium, but it was a pleasing performance nonetheless.”

A day earlier, Chandler had gone in the 1km time trial and taken top spot in his heat with a time of 1min 06.064secs.

With 18 heats in total, he eventually finished the event in a good fifth position.

He added: “It was still a fairly solid result. I wanted something around the 1.06 mark and was pretty much dead on.

“The remainder of the championships didn’t go so well for me – they were scratch and points races – but I learned a lot from them and am hoping to come back next year as good at bunch races as I am at pursuiting.”