Great Britain break team pursuit world record to win gold

Team GB in team pursuit, London Track World Cup 2012, day four

Great Britain won team pursuit gold in Melbourne, setting a new world record, and perhaps more importantly striking a massive psychological blow four months out from the Olympics.

Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Steven Burke and Geraint Thomas were always up on their Australian rivals but had to fight off a comeback in the final lap to secure gold.

They eventually won in 3:53.295, while the Australians stopped the clock just outside the old world record with a time of 3:53.401.

It was close all the way, prompting performance director Dave Brailsfrod to state it was the best team pursuit he'd ever seen. At times the gap was no more than a few hundredths of a second. Great Britain did stretch the lead out in the third kilometre to three tenths of a second but the Aussies, especially Jack Bobridge, pulled them back in the final few laps as both teams lost a man.

It was the first time the British team had won the world title since Manchester 2008, since when the Australians have won each time.

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