Britain wins team pursuit and sets new world record in Olympic cycling

Posted: August 18, 2008 in cycling, Track
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Clancy, Manning, Thomas and Wiggins going for Gold

Clancy, Manning, Thomas and Wiggins going for Gold

What an amazing ride today from the team of four from Great Britain. Now I understand why it’s called ‘Great Britain’. These boys showed true guts and determination.

In the end, they took the gold from their Danish rivals and broke their newly set world record with a new time of 3:53.314 – with an average speed of 61.719 km/h. A truly great performance. The team also made history by ending a 100-year wait for an Olympic team pursuit gold, last won in 1908 at the London Olympic Games.

Of the seven finals held so far, Britain have won five and claimed nine of the 21 medals awarded.  With three finals – the men’s and women’s sprint and the men’s Madison – closing the competition tomorrow and with Britain favourites in all of them, their gold medal tally could grow even more. I hope it does.

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