Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy put Great Britain into the gold medal final of the men’s team pursuit at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, setting a new world record in the process.
Wiggins did a long turn at the front and then swung off to leave Clancy, Doull and Burke to hammer home in their first round ride against New Zealand.
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GB’s time of three minutes and 50.570 seconds was significantly quicker than the previous world record mark of 3-51.659 set by GB at the London 2012 Olympics on their way to gold.
Earlier, the Australian squad of Alexander Edmondson, Michael Hepburn, Callum Scotson and Sam Welsford had beaten a ragged-looking Denmark to book their place in the gold medal final. Australia posted a time of 3-53.429.
The gold medal final between Great Britain and Australia takes place later on Friday night at the Rio velodrome – it means that GB will be assured of at least a silver medal. Denmark will ride against New Zealand to settle the bronze medal.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games, men’s team pursuit first round
1. Germany 3:56.903
2. Switzerland 4:03.580
1. Italy 3:55.724
2. China 4:04.240
1. Australia 3:53.429 (Qualify for gold final)
2. Denmark 3:53.542 (Qualify for bronze final)
1. Great Britain 3:50.570 (Qualify for gold final) [World Record]
2. New Zealand 3:55.654 (Qualify for bronze final)