Olympics: Briton Laura Trott defends omnium to win fourth gold

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Laura Trott won her fourth Olympic gold medal with a masterful ride in the track cycling omnium on Tuesday, leaving her rivals fighting for podium places as she defended her title with ease.

Trott, the first British woman to claim three Olympic golds when leading the team pursuit home last week, held a commanding lead going into the points race, the sixth discipline of the event, and turned it into a procession.

As the 24-year-old ticked off the 100 laps without incident, picking up early sprint points for insurance, the real battle was for silver between American Sarah Hammer and Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore.

Hammer finished runner-up, as she did in London four years ago while D'Hoore had to settle for bronze.

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