By David Coverdale For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 22:53 GMT, 1 March 2020
Elinor Barker saved Great Britain from embarrassment on the day cycling chief Stephen Park warned not to expect another gold rush at the Olympics.
The Welsh woman, 25, secured Britain’s only gold of the Track Cycling World Championships when she won Sunday’s points race. But Barker’s victory came in an event which is not in the Olympics, and it merely papered over the cracks of what has been a worrying week with just five months to go until Tokyo.
Britain’s tally of four medals is their worst performance at a World Championships preceding a Games since 2000. It is also the first time since Sydney that they will go into an Olympics without a world champion in one of the 12 events on the programme.
Elinor Barker secured Britain's only gold medal of the Track Cycling World Championships
At Rio 2016, GB won 11 medals