Joshua_PapworthJuly 23 - Britain added a medal of each colour on day three of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Finland, bringing their overall total to 12, including six gold medals.

Britain’s cyclists won a superb gold and silver double while judoka Daniel Lyon contributed a hard fought bronze.

After the heroic performances displayed by Britain's cyclists at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, it was the turn of the next generation to demonstrate their dominance of Olympic disciplines today, as Halesowen's Joshua Papworth (pictured) and Totton's Jonathan Dibben claimed a dramatic one-two in the criterium event.

As the tactical race came to a positive conclusion for both Papworth and Dibben, they were quick to acknowledge the important role played by teammate, Ilford's Oliver Rossi, who finished the race in 18th position.

Papworth said: “The medals are really for the team, not the individuals.

"Ollie helped us win that gold and silver and we couldn’t have done it without him, it was a fantastic team effort.

“Our race plan was to make sure that every time somebody attacked, we had at least one GB rider stay with it.

"We took it in turns to go with every break, so we didn’t wear each other out.

"With five laps to go I moved up to make sure I was in the leading bunch, I left my sprint as late as possible coming up the hill and with 200 metres to go I just gave it everything I could; it was do or die time and the feeling when I crossed the line was just fantastic, I’m ecstatic.

"It’s definitely the biggest title of my career.”

For Dibben, it was a case of déjà vu as he repeated yesterday’s silver medal achievement.

He said: “Two medals in two races feels really good, I can’t quite believe it.

"I felt good at the start of the race but was struggling to move up the field.

"With a lap to go today I realised I was in a good position, I looked back and saw Josh right behind my wheel, so I thought I could go by myself and also help Josh.

“Yesterday’s medal sunk in a little bit last night, but today was a real team effort with Ollie doing an excellent ride and my sprint helping Josh to win. Obviously the aim is to make it a hat-trick of medals tomorrow."

Judo’s team leader and Sydney 2000 Olympian Karen Roberts, who competed in the inaugural EYOF in 1991, was pleased that judo became the fourth out of six sports to contribute to the British medal count.

She said: “The boys put in a really good performance today.

"Lucas Rowe bounced back well after an early defeat to the number one seed and was only one fight away from a bronze medal, while Daniel Lyon showed great determination to claim a bronze medal through the repechage.”

Lyon, competing in the -66kg category, had to come through six tough fights to get his hands on a hard earned bronze medal at the Tampere Ice Stadium.

He said: “I’m tired but still feeling pumped up by it.

"It feels good.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was really great, especially in the bronze medal fight when everyone was getting up and cheering for me.

"This event has given me a little taste for the Olympics.

"I’ve gained great experience and it has definitely made me into a better judo player.”