London 2012

Britain bag pursuit gold

Quartet set new world record in dominant win over Australia

Last Updated: 03/08/12 11:26pm

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Team GB's triumphant team pursuit squad

Team GB's triumphant team pursuit squad

Great Britain set a new world record as they romped to victory in the men's team pursuit.

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas produced yet another dominant display inside the London Velodrome, and their time of 3min 51.659sec proved 2.922sec quicker than their Australian opponents, who had to settle for silver.

The British quartet, who won Track Cycling World Championships gold in Melbourne in April, have now successfully defended the title won by Clancy, Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Paul Manning in Beijing.

New Zealand's Sam Bewley, Marc Ryan, Jesse Sergent and Aaron Gate claimed bronze in 3:55.952, with Russia's Evgeny Kovalev, Ivan Kovalev, Alexey Markov and Alexander Serov finishing fourth (3:58.282).

Clancy's focus will now turn to the six-discipline omnium, which begins on Saturday.

The victory sparked jubilant scenes from coach Dan Hunt, British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford and head coach Shane Sutton.

It was Britain's second gold medal of the track programme after Sir Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the men's team sprint display on day one.

It was the second time the British quartet had improved the world record they set in Melbourne in April, and they now have the four fastest times in history.

Clancy, Thomas, Burke and Kennaugh soaked up the adulation of the partisan crowd, finding family members around the spectator seating of the velodrome on their laps of honour while waving the Union flag.

Andy Tennant was an unused reserve and therefore missed out on a medal.

The performance came with Tour de France winner Wiggins watching on, as well as prolific winner Mark Cavendish and first Tour stage winner Brian Robinson.

Unbelievable

Thomas said: "The amount of work we've had to put in....

"In November we were at the track in Manchester at half seven in the morning. They stopped us going to see a Rihanna concert in November.

"They've been on our backs since then. It's been full on. To finish it off is amazing.

"I was ill last week and mentally it's been very hard trying to get back to where I was. Without these boys I couldn't have done it. They were super.

"The crowd is unbelievable. My ears are ringing. It's too loud."

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