GB women claim gold on opening day

Sat, 19 Feb 00:41:00 2011

Great Britain's women's team pursuit trio captured gold on an eventful opening day of the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

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Jo Rowsell, Wendy Houvenaghel and Paralympian Sarah Storey saw off New Zealand to claim victory in a thrilling contest at the Velodrome in the east of the city.

The team twice set a British record and went within two-tenths of the second of setting a new world record with their winning time of 3 minutes 19.757.

"I felt like there were eight or nine people out there with us tonight," said Storey.

"That's how many we have in our squad and the British record, and near world record, is an indication of all the work everyone has put in."

Jason Kenny, who ousted Sir Chris Hoy in the semi-finals, took silver in the men's sprint after being edged out by world record holder Kevin Sireau of France.

"He's (Kenny) a really good guy and he deserves it," said Hoy.

"Tonight he was the better man and I accept that.

"I'll go on, work hard and learn from the mistakes I made. But I was really impressed with Jason tonight, I thought he would beat Sireau."

Australia's Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares claimed gold in the women's team sprint, seeing off a strong challenge from China in the final.

British duo Becky James and Jess Varnish came in fourth after a stunning ride that eclipsed two times world champions Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade by four tenths of a second.

And Geraint Thomas narrowly lost out to Australia's Denis Rohan in the men's individual pursuit as the Welshman faded towards the end of the 4km race.


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