CARMARTHEN’S Emma Finucane has become a World Champion after taking gold in the Cycling World Championships Women’s Sprint as part of Team GB.
Although 20-year-old Emma has won numerous medals it is her first major title and one, which she has coveted.
Speaking before the championships Emma said that she was hoping to go for gold at the 2024 Olympics. She told us: “I’d love to go to the Olympic Games but not only to participate but to win medals. I have been dreaming about that since I was 10 years old. We are currently focusing for the World Championships then full steam for Paris next year. There is a big group of us in Great Britain. It is going to be tough but as long as I do my best that is my goal.”
Do her best Emma did and it earned her the gold medal and title. Emma rode superbly in the first two races of the best-of-three final up against Germany’s Lea Friedrich.
Earlier at the championships Emma had helped Team GB gain the Silver Medal in the women’s team sprint. There has not been a British winner in the women’s sprint since 2013 when Becky James won in Minsk.
Her win will be celebrated in the cycling world but none more so than in Carmarthenshire where Emma started her competitive cycling.