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Cycling: GB smash team pursuit world record at World Championships

April 5, 2012
Cycling: GB smash team pursuit world record at World Championships

Great Britain’s Joanna Rowsell, Dani King (pictured) and Laura Trott smashed the three kilometre team pursuit world record at the Track Cycling World Championships.

The introduction of the women’s team pursuit into the Olympic schedule has led to a continual improvement in standards with times constantly pushed down as nations vie for superiority.

This has been highlighted in fast conditions at Melbourne, where day two of the Championships saw the team pursuit taken to a new level.

Australia and Great Britain wrestled for the world record in qualifying and GB won the contest with three minutes 16.850 seconds – more than a second faster than the time GB set in February.

They now face a duel with Australia’s Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic, who had broken the world record in an earlier race.

Canada and New Zealand will battle it out for third place in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, in the women’s individual sprint Victoria Pendleton qualified fifth in the flying 200m in 11.076 seconds and then reached the quarter-finals by defeating Lin Junhong of China. Her team-mate Jess Varnish finished eighth.

There was however, less to celebrate for Great Britain in the Team Sprint competitions on the previous opening day, with Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton missing out in the bronze medal final of the women’s competition, whilst Germany twice broke the world record on the way to gold.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Photo credit: British Cycling


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