Track Cycling World Championships: Great Britain women to race for team pursuit gold
Last Updated: 27/02/14 8:49pm
Britain qualified fastest in the women's team pursuit in 4min 28.597sec
Great Britain's women's team pursuit quartet will race Canada for gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia after continuing their dominance of the event with another peerless performance in qualifying.
Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald stopped the clock over the 4km distance in 4min 28.597sec, more than 2.1 seconds faster than the second-placed Canadians.
The time was a long way short of their own world record, which stands at 4:16.552, but the open sides of the velodrome in Cali allows wind into the arena and the track is consequently not conducive to quick times.
Australia qualified third fastest, three seconds behind Britain, and will race for the bronze medal against Poland, who were a distant six seconds slower in fourth. Both finals take place in Thursday's night session.
Elsewhere on the second day of the championships, Jason Kenny got the defence of his keirin title off to the perfect start by winning his first-round heat, narrowly avoiding a crash to beat Australia's Matthew Glaetzer into second place.
He will be joined in Thursday night's second round by fellow Briton Matt Crampton, who failed to qualify from his first-round heat but then won his repechage heat.
The third Briton in the event, Kian Emadi, was eliminated after failing to progress from his first-round heat and then finishing only third in his repechage.
In the men's individual pursuit, 19-year-old Irishman Ryan Mullen will race for the bronze medal against New Zealand's Marc Ryan later after qualifying fourth fastest in a time of 4:21.419.
Britain's Owain Doull and Ireland's Martyn Irvine both failed to reach the medal finals after qualifying 15th and 12th respectively.