Filippo Ganna breaks individual pursuit world record twice in one day at Minsk Track World Cup

Ganna broke the record at sea level, compared to the previous record that was set at an altitude of 2,500m

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Italy's Filippo Ganna has broken the world record for the individual pursuit twice in one day at UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk, Belarus.

The Ineos rider is set a time of 4-04.252 in his qualifying round on Sunday morning (November 3) before beating that with a time of 4-02.647 in the final as he took gold.

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Britain's John Archibald finished second, while the USA's Ashton Lambie, the former record holer, finished third.

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Ganna's time beats the previous record set by Lambie, who posted a time of 4-05.423 at the Pan-American Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia in September this year. While Lambie's record was set an altitude of 2,500m, Ganna's is the first world record set at sea level since Australian Jack Bobridge posted 4-10.534 in Sydney in 2011, breaking Chris Boardman's 16-year-old record.

In the other racing in Minsk, Britain's Matt Walls edged out Elia Viviani in the men's omnium final, taking two laps on the rest of the field, with Italian Viviani moving over Portugal's Rui Oliveira to take silver. Walls finished with 163 points, Viviani trailing by nine points on 154 and Oliveira on 149.

This victory earned Britain its second gold medal of the World Cup after Mark Stewart took the men's points race final.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands' Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters won the women's Madison, beating Britain's Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson as the Dutch took two gold medals on day two to move into the lead in the medal table.

The third and final day of racing in Minsk will include Madison and sprint finals for the men and the women will compete in the omnium and keirin.

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