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The first day at the track at the Beijing Olympics saw Britain’s cyclists deliver another gold medal as Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy thrashed the opposition in the Team Sprint

The British team also took the top spots in both men’s and women’s qualifying for the individual pursuit and look good to go on and deliver more gold. There was also an exceptional performance by Steven Burke of British Cycling’s Olympic Academy who qualified fifth fastest in the pursuit and will ride for a place in the final later today. Read a round-up of the first day of racing here.

On hand to capture the action were Andy Jones and Graham Watson.

Bradley Wiggins Olympic record individual pursuitDefending champion Bradley Wiggins rides to an Olympic record time of 4-15.031 in qualifying of the individual pursuit.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates Olympic Games 2008Bradley Wiggins salutes the Brits in the crowd who had cheered him on all the way. They’ll be expecting plenty more from Wiggins over the next three days.

Shane Sutton Steven Burke Olympic Games 2008Team GB’s Head Coach Shane Sutton shouts encouragement to 20-year-old Steven Burke as he rides the fifth fastest time in individual pursuit qualifying to put himself in the second round.Great Britain Team Sprint Olympic champions 2008Former BMX rider Jamie Staff leads the Team Sprint trio to another gold medal for Great Britain as they got the better of the French for the first time since the 2005 world championships.

Great Britain Team Sprint Olympic champions 2008In his first major championships as a senior rider, Jason Kenny was more than capable of holding Jamie Staff’s wheel. The 20-year-old from Bolton will ride in the sprint competition that starts on Sunday

French team sprint trioThe French have at times seemed unbeatable in the Team Sprint and the Brits had to produce three rides under the previous world’s best time to beat them.

Union flag flying high againAnother major competition, another gold medal for British riders. Is it the first of many?

Rebecca Romero Olympic Games 2008World champion Rebecca Romero rides to second place in qualifying in the women’s individual pursuit.

Dan Hunt Wendy Houvenaghel Olympic Games 2008Who’s trying harder here? Dan Hunt or Wendy Houvenaghel? Either way the British woman is riding herself in to first place in qualifying setting up the prospect of an unprecedented British one-two in the event.


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