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Gold for GB in men's and women's team pursuit

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Great Britain's women's team pursuit quartet won gold after breaking their own world record twice © Getty Images
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Great Britain's women's team pursuit squad broke the world record for a second time in the same day as they emulated the men's quartet in taking gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

Earlier on the opening day in Manchester, Laura Trott, Dani King, Jo Rowsell and Elinor Barker broke their own world record to qualify for the final. The quartet clocked a time of 4:23.91 seconds over the four kilometre distance, two and a half seconds quicker than the record they set when winning gold at the European Championships in the Netherlands in October.

They then beat that by more than four seconds as they sealed an eight-second victory over Canada with a time of 4:19.604.

Trott, King, Rowsell and Barker were already three seconds ahead of the Canadians at the halfway point, and narrowly missed out on catching their opponents on the final lap.

Trott said: "I'm really happy. From qualification to final, we changed the strategy a bit. We thought we would do the three-turn strategy and try something different.

"We managed to go under 4min 20sec, which was really good - we thought we would do a 4min 22sec in the final."

The men's team pursuit quartet saw off world champions Australia to take gold. Australia were narrowly beaten by 0.5 seconds with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant and Owain Doull clocking a time of 3:58.552.

Great Britain trailed after the first kilometre but turned things around to move almost a quarter of a second ahead of Australia at the halfway point. Australia kicked on but the deficit proved too much.

Clancy and his teammates had clocked the only sub-four minute time in qualifying with 3:59.672.

"We did all right," said Clancy. "We didn't set the world on fire. We did a great ride in qualifying, but we didn't quite back it up in the final."

Burke added: "Job done. Hopefully we will get better in the next round [of the World Cup] in Mexico and build up to the worlds [at the end of February]."

There was another medal for Great Britain with Becky James and Victoria Williamson adding silver in the women's team sprint.

James and Williamson were second fastest in qualifying but were edged out by 0.9 seconds in the final by Germany's reigning world champions Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte.

Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Matt Crampton narrowly beat New Zealand to win men's team sprint bronze.

New Zealand fought back in the final lap but ended up 0.072 seconds off Britain's time of 43.972. Germany claimed gold by beating Russia.

Scotland's Katie Archibald won silver behind Poland's Małgorzata Wojtyra in the women's scratch race.

King finished in seventh having only just finished the team pursuit final minutes earlier.

Britain's Jon Dibben is currently seventh with 25 points in the men's omnium, after three of the six events.

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