LONDON -- The British rule cycling, but an American woman is threatening to take the gold medal in the Omnium, a six-event competition that is akin to a track pentahlon (which has seven). Hammer finished second in the 40-lap scratch race, holding on to her overall lead after five events.
Racers get points based on their finish. Hammer was second in the scratch race, which gives her two points and an overall total of 15. Lowest score is the better, of course. Laura Trott of Great Britain, who won a gold in team pursuit, was third in the scratch and has 17 points in the Omnium, good for second heading into the final event. Australia's Annette Edmonson won the scratch race and stands third overall with 22 points.
The final event is the time trial.