Britain smash own record to win team pursuit gold

Great Britain out-thought, out-fought and out-smarted their Australian rivals to claim a brilliant women's team pursuit gold - and another world record - at the track cycling World Championships in Melbourne.


For the second time in 24 hours, defending champions Great Britain humbled their sporting arch-rivals on their home patch at the Hisense Arena.

Australia's men's team pursuit squad - dubbed a boy band by the press - were devastated by their defeat yesterday and Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell showed real girl power in their final against home hopes Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic.

The world record Great Britain set at the recent World Cup in London was rewritten twice in qualifying and smashed again in the final.

Australia made a storming start and were 1.3 seconds up on their rivals after one kilometre but GB's trio didn't panic, steadily eating into that advantage and then, as the frontrunners dramatically faded, hammering down the power in a tactically flawless display.

Over the course of two laps they went from nearly a second down to fractionally ahead, they clocked 3:15.720 at the finish of 3,000m, an average speed of 55.180 km/h.

It means in just a few weeks, Great Britain's youthful trio have shaved more than three seconds off the previous world best - an ominous expression of intent ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

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