Britain opens track cycling program with another golden ride

Britain opens track cycling program with another golden ride

Britain opens track cycling program with another golden ride

The British trio clocked 42.440 seconds, an Olympic record, to claim gold, just five months after finishing sixth in the world at the Track World Championships in London.

Great Britain pip New Zealand to gold in the men's team sprint at the Rio Olympics.

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The night started well for the Brits who qualified in 42.562 seconds, Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner finished half a second quicker than even they had hoped to, and a tenth of a second above second-placed New Zealand.

The New Zealand riders had to expend energy to get back on the wheel of their lead man, which potentially accounts for the 0.1-second difference in time. The bronze was the 66th track cycling medal ever won by France at the Olympics, which is more than any other nation.

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Trott - Kenny's finacee - Elinor Barker, Jo Rowsell-Shand and Katie Archibald - who ruptured cruciate knee ligaments in a motorcycle accident a year ago - clocked a breathtaking 4min 13.260sec, almost SIX seconds quicker than the Aussies.

And they produced the goods here powering to gold in a time 44.420secs with Skinner seeing GB home in a dramatic finish.

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Meanwhile, Hindes, Kenny and Skinner meet Venezuela in the next stage later on Thursday.

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