Olympics-Cycling-Britain set world record in women's team pursuit

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

The British trio clocked 42.440 seconds, an Olympic record, to claim gold, just five months after finishing sixth in the world at the Track World Championships in London.

Britain have not won a world title in the discipline since 2005, but have now won gold at the 2008, 2012 and now 2016 Olympics.

New Zealand's team sprint silver medallist Eddie Dawkins said the fast times were not surprising.

The performance of the team sprint squad was something of a surprise.

Sarah Hammer, Chloe Dygert, Jennifer Valente and Kelly Catlin, who won a first-ever world title for the U.S.in the event earlier this year, started last of nine teams and averaged 56.639 kph in the first women's event held at the Olympic Velodrome.

The team sprint was his weakest event prior to Rio, but with that apparently resolved it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could equal Hoy's haul of three gold medals from one Games.

The fastest two teams from the four heats will progress to the gold-medal final on Saturday evening, with the third and fourth-fastest teams going into the bronze-medal final. The world record, set in winning gold at London 2012, is 3:51.659.

And they've hit the ground running on the first day in the velodrome.

He had a dispute with commissaires on Thursday ahead of the qualification ride, when officials summoned him to measure his height.

Finishing in 4:13.260, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Roswell-Shand set themselves up as strong contenders in the competition.

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