Great Britain sweep opening night of track cycling with new Olympic and World Records

Great Britain have been a dominant force on the track at the Olympic Games in recent years, and that showed no sign of abating on the opening day of competition in Rio. As was the case in London four years ago and in Beijing in 2008, the men's team sprinters got things off to the perfect start, winning the first gold medal on offer. In both of those Games, GB went on to win seven of the ten gold medals, and both pursuit teams gave reason to believe there could be another sizeable haul here as the women's quartet qualified with a World Record time and Bradley Wiggins and co progressed with what was comfortably the strongest time of the men's field. 

GB set Olympic Record to take team sprint Gold

For the third Olympic Games in a row, Great Britain won the first gold medal on offer in the men's team sprint, with Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner breaking the Olympic record twice en route to victory. 

The trio set a record time of 42.562 over the 750m (3 laps) in the qualifying round to signal their intent, though they faced stiff competition from New Zealand as Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins finished 0.111 in arrears. Australia, with sprinters Nathan Hart, Matthew Glaetzer and Patrick Constable, ended the opening qualifier in third place, 0.596 back with a time of 42.158.

France and Australia won their subsequent heats to contest the bronze medal, with the French coming from behind to take it thanks to a strong last lap from Michael d'Almeida. As expected, GB and New Zealand won their heats, with the Kiwis breaking the Olympic Record (with 42.535) that had just been set by the Brits to set up a mouthwatering final. 

In the final Hindes rode a 17-second opening lap for the Brits and it was nail-bitingly tight for the next lap. In the end it was down to GB's man 3, Callum Skinner, who has faced doubts over his performances in the build-up to these Games, to overcome the pressure and produce the ride of his life to secure gold by just over one-tenth of a second - a new Olympic Record at 42.440.

"That was unbelievable. I know what it feels like to be in Callum Skinner's position and he dealt with it in great fashion," said six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy. "He's worked so hard to win his place in the team - he did that and there were all kinds of doubters. Psychology made the difference in that final. Of the two teams it was a case of who could hold their nerve. And Great Britain had that belief.

"I don't want to say anything in case I jinx it, but that could be the start of three golds," he said of Kenny, who, if so, would equal Hoy's gold-medal count after winning two golds at London 2012 and one in Beijing. "He really looks in great form now and he has to be a favourite for the sprint. The keirin is a bit of a lottery but he has to be in with a shout."

Great Britain set World Record in women's team pursuit qualifying

Great Britain's women's team pursuit won the qualifying round of their event during track's opening night at the Olympic Games, establishing themselves as the favourites for gold with a World Record time.

The team of Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Roswell-Shand raced their way to a 4:13.260, which was just over a second quicker than the USA, whose quartet of Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente looked more ragged than they had when they dominated the World Championships in March. Australia, who crashed heavily in training earlier this week, qualified third, 5.799 seconds slower than GB, with a team that includes Georgia Baker, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins.

Wiggins and Co. set fastest time in men's team pursuit qualifying round

In the men's team pursuit races, the British team led by Bradley Wiggins easily outpaced their competition to set the standard in the qualifying round at 3:51.943. Team GB beat surprise package Denmark by more than three seconds at 3.453, while Australia, who beat GB to become world champions in March, were 3.663 seconds back.

New Zealand was fourth fastest, 4.034 seconds behind the winners, while Italy claimed the fifth spot at 7.765. Germany and Switzerland finished sixth and seventh, respectively, and will move on to the next round.

Netherlands looked to be on target to make the qualifying cut, but a crash near the end of their run put an end to any medal hopes the Dutch may have had. Instead, China claimed the eighth-and-final spot and will move on.

Results

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Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:00:42.562
Row 1 - Cell 0 Philip HindesRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Jason KennyRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Callum SkinnerRow 3 - Cell 2
2New Zealand0:00:42.673
Row 5 - Cell 0 Ethan MitchellRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Sam WebtserRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Edward DawkinsRow 7 - Cell 2
3Australia0:00:43.158
Row 9 - Cell 0 Nathan HartRow 9 - Cell 2
Row 10 - Cell 0 Matthew GlaetzerRow 10 - Cell 2
Row 11 - Cell 0 Patrick ConstableRow 11 - Cell 2
4France0:00:43.185
Row 13 - Cell 0 Gregory BaugeRow 13 - Cell 2
Row 14 - Cell 0 Francois PervisRow 14 - Cell 2
Row 15 - Cell 0 Michael D'AlmeidaRow 15 - Cell 2
5Poland0:00:43.297
Row 17 - Cell 0 Rafal SarnekciRow 17 - Cell 2
Row 18 - Cell 0 Damien ZielinskiRow 18 - Cell 2
Row 19 - Cell 0 Krzysztof MakselRow 19 - Cell 2
6Netherlands0:00:43.688
Row 21 - Cell 0 Jeffrey HooglandRow 21 - Cell 2
Row 22 - Cell 0 Theo BosRow 22 - Cell 2
Row 23 - Cell 0 Matthijs BuchliRow 23 - Cell 2
7Germany0:00:43.711
Row 25 - Cell 0 Rene EndersRow 25 - Cell 2
Row 26 - Cell 0 Joachim EilersRow 26 - Cell 2
Row 27 - Cell 0 Maximilian LevyRow 27 - Cell 2
8Venezuela0:00:44.263
Row 29 - Cell 0 Cesar MarcanoRow 29 - Cell 2
Row 30 - Cell 0 Hersony CanelonRow 30 - Cell 2
Row 31 - Cell 0 Angel PulgarRow 31 - Cell 2
9Republic of KoreaRow 32 - Cell 2
Row 33 - Cell 0 Jeyong SonRow 33 - Cell 2
Row 34 - Cell 0 Chaebin ImRow 34 - Cell 2
Row 35 - Cell 0 Dongjin KangRow 35 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France0:00:43.153
Row 1 - Cell 0 Gregory BaugeRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Francois PervisRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Michael D'AlmeidaRow 3 - Cell 2
2Poland0:00:43.555
Row 5 - Cell 0 Rafal SarnekciRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Damien ZielinskiRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Krzysztof MakselRow 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:00:43.166
Row 1 - Cell 0 Nathan HartRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Matthew GlaetzerRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Patrick ConstableRow 3 - Cell 2
2Netherlands0:00:43.552
Row 5 - Cell 0 Jeffrey HooglandRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Theo BosRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Matthijs BuchliRow 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:42.535
Row 1 - Cell 0 Ethan MitchellRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Sam WebtserRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Edward DawkinsRow 3 - Cell 2
2Germany0:00:43.455
Row 5 - Cell 0 Rene EndersRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Joachim EilersRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Maximilian LevyRow 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:00:42.640
Row 1 - Cell 0 Philip HindesRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Jason KennyRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Callum SkinnerRow 3 - Cell 2
2Venezuela0:00:44.486
Row 5 - Cell 0 Cesar MarcanoRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Hersony CanelonRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Angel PulgarRow 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Bronze Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3France0:00:43.143
Row 1 - Cell 0 Gregory BaugeRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Francois PervisRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Michael D'AlmeidaRow 3 - Cell 2
4Australia0:00:43.298
Row 5 - Cell 0 Nathan HartRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Matthew GlaetzerRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Patrick ConstableRow 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint Gold Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:00:42.440
Row 1 - Cell 0 Philip HindesRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Jason KennyRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Callum SkinnerRow 3 - Cell 2
2New Zealand0:00:42.542
Row 5 - Cell 0 Ethan MitchellRow 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Sam WebtserRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Edward DawkinsRow 7 - Cell 2

 

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Women's Team Pursuit Qualifiying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:04:13.260
Row 1 - Cell 0 Katie ArchibaldRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Laura TrottRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Elinor BakerRow 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Joanna Rowswll-ShandRow 4 - Cell 2
2United States0:04:14.286
Row 6 - Cell 0 Sarah HammerRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Kelly CaitlineRow 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Chloe DygertRow 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Jennifer ValenteRow 9 - Cell 2
3Australia0:04:19.059
Row 11 - Cell 0 Georgia BakerRow 11 - Cell 2
Row 12 - Cell 0 Annette EdmondsonRow 12 - Cell 2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Amy CureRow 13 - Cell 2
Row 14 - Cell 0 Melissa HoskinsRow 14 - Cell 2
4Canada0:04:19.599
Row 16 - Cell 0 Allison BeveridgeRow 16 - Cell 2
Row 17 - Cell 0 Jasmin GlaeserRow 17 - Cell 2
Row 18 - Cell 0 Laura BrownRow 18 - Cell 2
Row 19 - Cell 0 Georgia SimmerlingRow 19 - Cell 2
5New Zealand0:04:20.061
Row 21 - Cell 0 Lauren EllisRow 21 - Cell 2
Row 22 - Cell 0 Raquel SheathRow 22 - Cell 2
Row 23 - Cell 0 Rushlee BuchananRow 23 - Cell 2
Row 24 - Cell 0 Jaime NielsonRow 24 - Cell 2
6China0:04:25.246
Row 26 - Cell 0 Dongyan HuangRow 26 - Cell 2
Row 27 - Cell 0 Yali JingRow 27 - Cell 2
Row 28 - Cell 0 Menglu MaRow 28 - Cell 2
Row 29 - Cell 0 Baofan ZhaoRow 29 - Cell 2
7Italy0:04:25.543
Row 31 - Cell 0 Simona FrapportiRow 31 - Cell 2
Row 32 - Cell 0 Tatiana GuderzoRow 32 - Cell 2
Row 33 - Cell 0 Francesca PattaroRow 33 - Cell 2
Row 34 - Cell 0 Silvia ValsecchiRow 34 - Cell 2
8Poland0:04:28.988
Row 36 - Cell 0 Daria PikulikRow 36 - Cell 2
Row 37 - Cell 0 Edyta JasinskaRow 37 - Cell 2
Row 38 - Cell 0 Justyna KaczkowskaRow 38 - Cell 2
Row 39 - Cell 0 Natlia RutkowskaRow 39 - Cell 2
9Germany0:04:30.068
Row 41 - Cell 0 Gudrun StockRow 41 - Cell 2
Row 42 - Cell 0 Charlotte BeckerRow 42 - Cell 2
Row 43 - Cell 0 Mieke KrogerRow 43 - Cell 2
Row 44 - Cell 0 Stephanie PohlRow 44 - Cell 2

 

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Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:51.943
Row 1 - Cell 0 Ed ClancyRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Steven BurkeRow 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Owain DoullRow 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Bradely WigginsRow 4 - Cell 2
2Denmark0:03:55.396
Row 6 - Cell 0 Lasse Norman HansenRow 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Niklas LarsenRow 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Frederik MadsenRow 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Casper Von FolsachRow 9 - Cell 2
3Australia0:03:55.606
Row 11 - Cell 0 Alexander EdmondsonRow 11 - Cell 2
Row 12 - Cell 0 Jack BobridgeRow 12 - Cell 2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Michael HepburnRow 13 - Cell 2
Row 14 - Cell 0 Sam WelsfordRow 14 - Cell 2
4New Zealand0:03:55.977
Row 16 - Cell 0 Pieter BullingRow 16 - Cell 2
Row 17 - Cell 0 Aaron GateRow 17 - Cell 2
Row 18 - Cell 0 Dylan KennettRow 18 - Cell 2
Row 19 - Cell 0 Regan GoughRow 19 - Cell 2
5Italy0:03:59.708
Row 21 - Cell 0 Simone ConsonniRow 21 - Cell 2
Row 22 - Cell 0 Liam BertazzoRow 22 - Cell 2
Row 23 - Cell 0 Filippo GannaRow 23 - Cell 2
Row 24 - Cell 0 Francesco LamonRow 24 - Cell 2
6Germany0:04:00.911
Row 26 - Cell 0 Henning BommelRow 26 - Cell 2
Row 27 - Cell 0 Nils SchomberRow 27 - Cell 2
Row 28 - Cell 0 Kersetn ThieleRow 28 - Cell 2
Row 29 - Cell 0 Domenic WeinsteinRow 29 - Cell 2
7Switzerland0:04:03.845
Row 31 - Cell 0 Olivier BeerRow 31 - Cell 2
Row 32 - Cell 0 Silvan DillerRow 32 - Cell 2
Row 33 - Cell 0 Thery SchirRow 33 - Cell 2
Row 34 - Cell 0 Cyrille ThieryRow 34 - Cell 2
8China0:04:05.152
Row 36 - Cell 0 Yang FanRow 36 - Cell 2
Row 37 - Cell 0 Liu HaoRow 37 - Cell 2
Row 38 - Cell 0 Chenlu QinRow 38 - Cell 2
Row 39 - Cell 0 Pingan ShenRow 39 - Cell 2
DNFNetherlandsRow 40 - Cell 2
Row 41 - Cell 0 Tim VeldtRow 41 - Cell 2
Row 42 - Cell 0 Wim StroetingaRow 42 - Cell 2
Row 43 - Cell 0 Jan-Willem Van SchipRow 43 - Cell 2
Row 44 - Cell 0 Joost Van Der BurgRow 44 - Cell 2

 

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