Records continue to fall at the London Velodrome and the British continue to dominate track cycling. Like in every other track cycling event thus far new world records were set on Friday in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit, both by British teams.
The British men’s team set the world record in qualifying and then topped that record in their gold medal match against the Australians with a time of 3:51.659 seconds. In the bronze medal match New Zealand topped the Russian team.
On the women’s side the British team also set a world record in qualifying with a time of 3:15.669 seconds. The finals of the women’s team pursuit will be run on Saturday. On Friday women’s keirin made its first ever Olympic appearance. Clearly the strangest of all cycling events, keirin involves following a pace bike for several laps until the bike finally goes off the track and the racers have between two and three laps to actually race one another. Despite the strangeness of the sport, the results were in line with the rest of track cycling, with a British gold. Victoria Pendleton won gold, China’s Shuang Guo took silver and Wai Sze Lee gave Hong Kong its first medal of these Olympics, a bronze.
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