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Germany gets its medal

By:
Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Published:
August 16, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:32 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, August 16, 2008
The German team takes off

The German team takes off

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The German national cycling team has saved its streak of a medal at every Olympics since 1896 except...

The German national cycling team has saved its streak of a medal at every Olympics since 1896 except for one (Los Angeles 1932), and this year it was the track team which did the honours. Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Nimke won bronze in the men's team sprint.

"Bronze was our goal and now we really have it," said Nimke, who won gold in the event in Athens 2000. "Now the burden is off our shoulders."

The 21-year old Enders got off to a shaky start in the final round against Australia, putting the Germans behind, but a strong effort from Levy turned the tables on the opposing Australian team, and Nimke, 30, accelerated during his final round to take the win by only eight-one thousandths of a second. (SW)

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