GB defend cycling pursuit title

Team GB shattered their own world record as they defended the men’s Olympic pursuit title to win Britain’s second gold medal of the day.

The quartet of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh clocked three minutes 51.659 seconds to knock nearly a second off the world record they set in qualifying.

Australia finished with silver, while New Zealand took bronze.

GB now have seven golds after winning the women’s double sculls earlier.

Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins powered to victory at Eton Dorney, while either side of that triumph the men’s pair of George Nash and Will Satch, and single sculler Alan Campbell, both won bronze.

Great Britain’s Karina Bryant also claimed a bronze medal in the women’s +78kg judo, while Jess Ennis led the way in the heptathlon after two events.

Roared on by a capacity crowd, the men’s pursuit quartet put in another impressive ride to secure gold and claim Britain’s second success in the velodrome following their victory in the men’s team sprint on Thursday.

Before their win in Beijing in 2008, Britain’s men had not won a gold medal in team pursuit since the first modern Olympics was held in London 100 years earlier.

But after dominating the competition from start to finish they have now won two successive golds.

The British quartet’s performance in qualifying on Thursday had showed they were in the same form that had secured them the world title in a world record time in Melbourne in April, and they were also the quickest in the first round earlier on Friday.

Team GB’s women’s pursuit team of Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell also look favourites for gold after setting a new world record in qualifying.

They posted a new mark of three minutes 15.669 seconds as they qualified fastest. Both the first round and final take place on Saturday.

Final Results

Final results by Country

Medal moment

Burke, Clancy, Kennaugh, Thomas

Team GB


Bobridge, Dennis, Hepburn, O’shea

Australian Olympic Team


Bewley, Gate, Ryan, Sergent

New Zealand

View full results for Men’s Team Pursuit

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