Risca cyclist Sam Harrison four seconds from gold
12:29pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
RISCA cyclist Sam Harrison was four seconds away from clinching a gold medal at the world championships in Minsk.
Harrison, who won bronze in 2011, was one of the four-man team pursuit squad who qualified second fastest for last week's final.
Two of the London Olympic-winning quartet - Ed Clancy and Steven Burke - were present in the squad which took the silver medal.
Clancy, Burke, 2012 world champion Andy Tennant and Harrison, were unable to overturn their seeding, finishing in four minutes 00.967 seconds, to their Australian rivals' 3mins 56.751secs.
Harrison was gracious in defeat, tweeting that the Australians had a "top ride" and vowing to learn lessons from the final.
Britain topped the medal table in the first world championships of the new, post-London 2012 Olympic cycle - with Gwent's Becky James taking two golds and two bronze medals in her events.