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Rowsell claims second gold
Joanna Rowsell won her second gold medal from two events at the Track World Cup in Manchester, but world champion Becky James can win bronze at best in the women's sprint after a semi-final defeat on day two.
Rowsell, who won the team pursuit on day one, triumphed in the three-kilometre individual pursuit in three minutes 34.904 seconds, beating Australia's Rebecca Wiasak (3mins 36.830secs) in the final.
The result will give the London 2012 team pursuit champion a boost after a broken collarbone and tonsillitis, with the non-Olympic event a target at next summer's Commonwealth Games.
Katie Archibald, riding for Scotland-Braveheart.com, took bronze in 3:37.093 after a well-paced ride against Eugenia Bujak of Poland.
The Pole led in the early stages and had the Scot in her sights, but Archibald won by more than three seconds at the finish to prove her credentials for Glasgow 2014.
Archibald won the European team pursuit title in Apeldoorn, Holland last month alongside Rowsell and the 20-year-old with pink hair is proving a revelation in the endurance events.
James was last season's emerging star after winning two gold medals at the Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk.
However, in a re-run of the world sprint final with Kristina Vogel, the Welshwoman was beaten 2-0 by the German to fall into the ride for third.
Finalist Vogel accounted for both Britons in the sprint competition, having beaten Jess Varnish in the quarter-final.
James will meet Olympic champion Anna Meares in the battle for bronze in a repeat of the 2010 Commonwealth Games final, where the then 18-year-old Briton pushed the Australian close.
Meares was beaten 2-0 by Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze in her first global competition since the London 2012 Olympics.
Meares had an enduring rivalry with Victoria Pendleton, who has now retired, and now faces a challenge from another Briton.
Rowsell was thrilled with the result.
The 24-year-old from Cheam in Surrey said: "It is better than I could have ever hoped for.
"I missed the World Championships on the track last season to focus on my road racing - I won the national (road time-trial) title and after that everything went wrong, it was just disaster after disaster, setback after setback.
"The second half of the road season was about getting fit for the track and that went completely out of the window. I have done no races since I broke my collarbone at the beginning of August.
"I'm just so pleased that I managed to get some fitness. To come here and win two gold medals, I'm absolutely over the moon.
"I've got a lot more to come this track season."
The presence of Rowsell, Archibald and their team pursuit colleagues Laura Trott, Dani King (both England) and Elinor Barker (Wales), plus riders from Canada, New Zealand and Australia should make the Commonwealth Games competition intriguing.
Archibald was in her rivals sights before her pace-setting allowed her to triumph.
"I was really happy," said Milngavie's Archibald, who won scratch race bronze on day one.
"I could hear the commentator and three laps into it I was thinking profane things. It was a case of not panicking.
"I played it out and kept my aerodynamic fingers crossed."
Jon Dibben finished fifth in the men's omnium, won by Jasper De Buyst of Belgium, while world champion Jason Kenny won his semi-final heat in the men's Keirin to advance to the final.
Ireland's Martyn Irvine claimed victory in the men's points race by winning the last of 12 sprints in the 30km event.