Trott remains on track to add to Great Britain's cycling medal haul as she leads omnium at halfway stage
23:59 GMT, 6 August 2012
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Laura Trott is on course to become a double Olympic champion at the ridiculously tender age of 20.
Fresh-faced she may be – and a blonde, not the brunette we have seen before – yet the girl from Essex rode with such maturity in the opening three disciplines of the women’s omnium to suggest that Tuesday’s final three events – the 3,000m pursuit, the scratch race and a 500m time trial – could see her add a solo gold medal to that won in the women’s team pursuit.
It is all becoming bewilderingly straightforward that there appears to be no outcome possible other than British gold in practically every event.
Unstoppable: Laura Trott powered her way to the top of the omnium table at the half way stage
Trott leads the omnium standings overnight, level on points with Sarah Hammer of the USA but ahead by virtue of having a faster aggregate time in the disciplines which are against the clock.
Her flying 250m lap was completed at a dizzying average speed of 40mph while her ability to spot every crisis point in the elimination race, in which the last rider across the line every second lap is called out, thrilled the 6,000 spectators.
Going for gold: Trott is looking add to Great Britain's tally of cycling medals
They will expect to salute three more Olympic titles when the Velodrome opens for the final time on Tuesday, with Victoria Pendleton in the women’s individual sprint and Sir Chris Hoy’s tilt at Olympic immortality in the men’s keirin .
Victory for would surpass Sir Steve Redgrave’s five golds – a record for a Briton – although what further accolades are open to Hoy, who already possesses a knighthood and the hearts of a nation, is a mystery.