London 2012 – Britain smash Australia’s world records

Great Britain’s women wiped out two Australian world records to win team sprint and team pursuit titles at the World Cup series in the Olympic Games test event in London.

First up Britain, spearheaded by Victoria Pendleton, broke the world record in the women’s team sprint as they beat world champions Australia.

Pendleton and Jessica Varnish gave a packed capacity of 6,000 roaring fans a taster of what to expect at the velodrome when it hosts the Olympic cycling events later this year by slashing 0.074 off the previous record set by the Australian world champions earlier on Friday.

Britain crossed the line in 32.754 seconds.

Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch had lowered their own world record by clocking 32.828 in the qualifying session and a repeat of the Australians’ performance looked likely after the first of two 250-metre laps.

Britain were 0.232 down when Varnish gave way for Pendleton to deliver, and she did just that by riding the final lap in 13.962.

“I can’t explain how good it feels to have the world record. Australia had it and now we’ve got it back,” Pendleton, the individual sprint Olympic champion, told reporters.

China beat France to take the bronze medal.

Meares and McCulloch, who earlier on Friday predicted the record would be broken, had beaten Pendleton and Varnish to claim the gold medal at last year’s world championships.

Later on Friday, Britain sent their rivals a deafening warning when they demolished the women’s team pursuit world record that had been set just a few minutes earlier by Australia as the hosts won the final.

Danielle King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott slashed more than a second off the previous mark set by Australia’s Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Josephine Tomic, who beat the Netherlands in the race for the bronze medal.

Canada took silver behind Britain, who clocked 3:18.148, lowering the previous mark by 1.016 and triggering huge roars in the 6,000-seater velodrome in the Olympic Park.

The women’s team pursuit, over 3,000 metres, is one of several new events that the International Cycling Union (UCI) added to the 2012 Olympics track programme.

“I think the world record is going to come tumbling down on this track (at the Olympics),” said King, who won the team pursuit world championships with Wendy Houvenaghel and Trott.

“We knew from training we were on world record pace,” she added.

 

Source: Yahoo Sport