Great Britain smash world record to win women’s team pursuit in Rio

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Elinor Barker win the women’s team pursuit in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Great Britain Smash World Record To Win Women’s Team Pursuit In Rio

Britain s women s team pursuiters delivered the goods in their final match against the USA, slashing two seconds off the world record their third in three races to take gold and defend their title at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games1. A close final had been expected after the two countries set times within one tenth of a second of each other in their round one races, but the British had clearly been holding something back. The race was close for the first kilometre, but the technique and horsepower in the British quartet soon started to show. They slowly built up a lead through the second and third kilometres, and under pressure the Americans lost a rider before they d completed 12 laps. At that point the race was as good as over.

Great Britain Smash World Record To Win Women’s Team Pursuit In Rio

Great Britain race to gold in world record time in the team pursuit at 2016 Olympic Games (Watson)

Although the American team, the reigning world champions, clearly had the power they had always looked like they were on the limit. A few gaps started to open up and, despite losing Joanna Rowsell-Shand2, the Brits had all but won with two laps to go. After a big turn Laura Trott3 let a gap open up in the final lap, but a last effort brought her over the line to deliver Britain s third gold on the track in Rio.

After Wiggins became Britain s most decorated Olympian last night, Laura Trott became Britain s most successful female Olympian with three gold medals. The tally puts her ahead of Dame Kelly Holmes, Victoria Pendleton and her TP team-mate Rowsell-Shand. Trott is still just 24 years of age, and has chance of adding to that total in the omnium.

>>> The all-time list of Britain s most successful Olympic cyclists4

You try not to think about that, but on the start line that was something I wanted to chase, Trott admitted afterwards.

I definitely thought the record was on, but I didn t think we d do it three times over. But Paul Manning set 4.10 for us way back when it became four kilometres.

>>> Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Latest news, reports and info5

Result

Rio 2016 Olympic Games, women s team pursuit finals
4000m (16 laps)
1. Great Britain 4:10.236 gold medal
2. United States 4:12.454 silver medal
3. Canada 4:14.627 bronze medal
4. New Zealand 4:18.459
5. Australia 4:21.232
6.

Italy 4:28.368
7.

China

References

  1. ^ Rio 2016 Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Joanna Rowsell-Shand (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Laura Trott (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> The all-time list of Britain s most successful Olympic cyclists (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Latest news, reports and info (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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