London 2012

Pursuit gold for GB women

Dominant display from King, Rowsell and Trott

Last Updated: 04/08/12 8:14pm

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Great Britain's women claimed a stunning team pursuit gold with a sixth consecutive world record at the London Velodrome.

Britain have now won four of the five gold medals on offer after three days of track cycling, with five events to come, after Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott clocked a time of three minutes 14.051 seconds.

Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed of the United States, who finished in 3min 19.727sec, were in Britain's sights in the final kilometre in a scintillating display from the hosts.

Canada's Tara Whitten, Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glaesser took bronze in 3:17.915 ahead of Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic of Australia (3:18.096).

Britain stuck with the line-up of Rowsell, King and Trott, who had broken the world record in their previous five rides - at February's Track World Cup, twice at the World Championships, and also in Friday's qualifying round before Saturday's semi final.

It meant no place and no medal for Wendy Houvenaghel, silver medallist in the individual pursuit in Beijing behind team-mate Rebecca Romero, who was so upset she was seen leaving track centre prior to the race, but the decision was justified as Team GB blew away the opposition to triumph by a significant margin.

Dream come true

Trott said: "It's mad, I actually can't believe it. I feel dead emotional right now.

"It was my dream - it's been my dream since I was eight and we've just gone and done it."

King paid tribute to her team-mates, saying: "We're like sisters and I couldn't have done it without them. They were absolutely incredible. I can't believe we've done it. It's absolutely amazing.

Rowsell felt the roars of the fans provided extra motivation.

"I could tell we were winning by the noise of the crowd," she said. "They were just shouting so loud, that just really spurred us on in that last kilometre."

On their record of setting world records in six consecutive competitive races, Trott added: "Pretty amazing, eh?

"I don't think we expected it. I think here maybe we expected it in one of the rounds but not in every single ride that we did. We just can't believe it really."

King sang along to the national anthem after being presented with her gold, while Rowsell and Trott were content to soak up the sound of the partisan crowd.

After the girls stepped off the podium there was a spine-tingling chorus of Hey Jude, led by McCartney.

"It's unbelievable," Trott added. "We didn't expect a Beatle to be here.

"It's not often that you can say you've waved and blown a kiss at a Beatle."

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