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Meares and McCulloch set record in women's team sprint
Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch of Australia set a new world record in the women's team sprint with a time of 32.828, in qualifying on Friday. It marked the first world record set at the new Olympic Velodrome in London.
The Australian’s closest rivals from Great Britain set a new British record of 32.966, and qualified in second place. The two nations will ride off in the gold/silver race later this evening, while China will race France for the bronze medal.
Meares and McCulloch set a time of 18.510 for their first lap, with Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish posting a time of 18.855.
"This is the best possible outcome we could be having: an Australia-British final. This is the closest thing to what will happen in the Olympic Games, racing them in the final. So tonight, win or lose, we will get a lot out of this," said Meares.
The Olympic test event doubles up as the final round of the UCI World Cup.