Cycling: Kian Emadi just misses out on podium place at track World Championships
KIAN Emadi has finished fourth in the 1km time-trial in his track World Championships debut.
The 20-year-old, from Penkhull, stormed out of the traps over the first three laps to set the pace this afternoon in Belarus.
His pace slowed over the final lap but he still finished in an impressive 1:01.756 to sit at the top of the leader board with eight riders to race.
Tension grew as his rivals fell short of his mark but ultimately he was pushed off the podium at the very last moment.
France's Francois Pervis took gold, with Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand) second and Joachim Eilers (Germany) third.
British cycling legend Chris Boardman told the BBC: "Emadi will be pleased with that it is a first class ride at his first world championship. If he is not pleased he should be.
"He was fatigued towards the end, his shoulders dropping but he stayed on top of it.
"The British team do an awful lot of technical drills and it would have been second nature to him, bringing all of that training together here."
Emadi will be action tomorrow when he takes Sir Chris Hoy's place in the anchor leg in Britain's three-man sprint team.
Rob Hayles, the former British world champion, was impressed with the former St Joseph's College student's explosive burst of speed.
"Kian seemed to die off in the last half of the lap, but that's because he was going so quickly on the first three laps," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"Normally he has a ragged first lap, winds it up and keeps it going but that was almost the opposite.
"He was very clean out the start and so quick over the second and third laps."