LAUNCESTON cyclist Lauren Perry bounced back from her dramatic bronze on Friday to claim gold in the women's 3000 metres individual pursuit at the junior world titles in Glasgow.
After being the fastest qualifier in the afternoon session in a time of 2:27.890, Perry was up against Russia’s Natalia Mozharova in the final and a slow start left her trailing Mozharova by a third of a second after the first kilometre.
However, Perry upped her pace over the middle kilometre to take a one second lead into the final stages, crossing the line in 2:27.1560 to take the gold, almost two seconds ahead of Mozharova.
“I am pretty excited, it hasn’t sunk in just yet,” Perry said on the Cycling Australia website.
“When I finished, I was in total shock and then on the podium, was a little bit teary.
“Now I have just gone all numb and still really can’t really believe it.
“I had full confidence in Kelsey (Robson, the defending world champion who finished 14th) because she is such a champion both on and off the bike, so I couldn’t believe it was actually me on the top of the podium. It was also so great share that with Josie (Talbot, who picked up bronze).
“I usually go out pretty hard in first 1km because I get a little excited, but not today and I think the way I paced myself worked out very well as I had more to give in the end.
“To be able to win a rainbow jersey for Tasmania is so great. I have so many great role models from home like Ritchie (Porte), Matt (Goss), Amy (Cure), Grace (Sulzberger) and Georgia (Baker) and now hopefully this is the start of me following in their footsteps.”
It continued Perry's strong championships, after she and fellow Tasmanian Macy Stewart were part of the Australian team pursuit quartet which collected bronze on Friday.
Perry had suffered a mechanical fault in qualifying, which hindered the team's effort, but in the bronze medal ride, the team bounced back to set a new world record time in the event.
But that mark was short-lived, with Great Britain bettering it on the way to collecting gold.