Aussies set world best in London

Australia’s Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set the first world record at the new Olympic Velodrome on day two of the London World Cup meeting.

The duo, competing in the women’s team sprint qualifying, clocked 32.828 seconds to break their own record set in March 2010 by 0.095 seconds.

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new British record in 32.966 and will take on the world champions for gold.

The final will be shown live on BBC Sport later on Friday.

Meanwhile, Dani King has replaced Wendy Houvenaghel in the GB women’s team pursuit line-up for Friday’s final.

Houvenaghel rode in Thursday’s team pursuit qualifying, but King will partner Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell in the gold-medal race against Canada at around 1930 GMT.

BBC Sport understands a strategic shift rather than injury is behind the unexpected switch. British Cycling explained the move by Tweeting

they were “here to learn” 


Coverage on Saturday and Sunday (all times GMT):


Sat 18 Feb 1900-2100 BBC Two, Sun 19 Feb 1445-1800 BBC Two.

5 live sports extra:

Sat 18 Feb 1945-2140, Sun 19 Feb 1455-1800.

Red Button website:

Sat 18 Feb 1900-2140, Sun 19 Feb 1445-1800.

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