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Great Britain win Olympic gold, set world record in women's team pursuit

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Great Britain won gold in the women's team pursuit

Great Britain won gold in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand of Great Britain compete in the Women's Team Pursuit Track Cycling Qualifying

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand of Great Britain compete in the Women's Team Pursuit Track Cycling Qualifying
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Great Britain's Rebecca James won the silver

Great Britain's Rebecca James won the silver (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The women's team pursuit squads listen to the British national anthem

The women's team pursuit squads listen to the British national anthem (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The sprint in the women's keirin

The sprint in the women's keirin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The Canadian women's team pursuit quartet won the bronze medal

The Canadian women's team pursuit quartet won the bronze medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The USA won the silver medal in the women's team pursuit

The USA won the silver medal in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The USA team in action in the women's team pursuit

The USA team in action in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Great Britain celebrate another gold medal and another world record in the women's team pursuit

Great Britain celebrate another gold medal and another world record in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Anna Meares (Australia) took another medal

Anna Meares (Australia) took another medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) celebrates

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) celebrates (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) was suprised to win the gold medal

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) was suprised to win the gold medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) lets out her emotions

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) lets out her emotions (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) leads the sprint to the line in the keirin

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) leads the sprint to the line in the keirin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) shows off her gold medal

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) shows off her gold medal (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee celebrates with the Netherlands fans in the velodrome

Elis Ligtlee celebrates with the Netherlands fans in the velodrome (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The women's keirin podium: Great Britain's Rebecca James, Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands and Anna Meares of Australia

The women's keirin podium: Great Britain's Rebecca James, Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands and Anna Meares of Australia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
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Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) wins gold in Rio

Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands) wins gold in Rio
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Rebecca James, Elis Ligtlee and Anna Meares on the podium

Rebecca James, Elis Ligtlee and Anna Meares on the podium
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Rebecca James (Great Britain) wins silver in the women's keirin

Rebecca James (Great Britain) wins silver in the women's keirin
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Anna Meares (Australia) seals bronze

Anna Meares (Australia) seals bronze
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Jason Kenny (Great Britain) moves into the final of the keirin

Jason Kenny (Great Britain) moves into the final of the keirin
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Action from the men's keirin at the Rio Olympics

Action from the men's keirin at the Rio Olympics
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Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell-Shand take gold in the women's team pursuit

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell-Shand take gold in the women's team pursuit
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Elinor Barker (Great Britain)

Elinor Barker (Great Britain)
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Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand
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USA ride to silver in the women's team pursuit at the Rio Olympics

USA ride to silver in the women's team pursuit at the Rio Olympics
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Heading for gold in the women's team pursuit for Great Britain

Heading for gold in the women's team pursuit for Great Britain
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USA start their team pursuit final in Rio against Great Britain

USA start their team pursuit final in Rio against Great Britain
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Gregory Bauge loses out to Denis Dmitriev

Gregory Bauge loses out to Denis Dmitriev
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Australia's women's squad in the team pursuit

Australia's women's squad in the team pursuit
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Italy in team pursuit action

Italy in team pursuit action
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The US women's team ride to silver in the team pursuit

The US women's team ride to silver in the team pursuit
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The Great Britain women's team in full flight

The Great Britain women's team in full flight
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Canada enjoy their bronze medal win in the team pursuit

Canada enjoy their bronze medal win in the team pursuit
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The New Zealand women's team in the team pursuit

The New Zealand women's team in the team pursuit
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Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) moves into the semi-finals

Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) moves into the semi-finals
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Callum Skinner (Great Britain) in action

Callum Skinner (Great Britain) in action
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Canada to compete in bronze-medal round in women's team pursuit

Canada to compete in bronze-medal round in women's team pursuit
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New Zealand waiting to start their team pursuit

New Zealand waiting to start their team pursuit
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Team USA pep talk ahead of first round team pursuit

Team USA pep talk ahead of first round team pursuit
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Australia's Anna Meares in the keirin

Australia's Anna Meares in the keirin
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Australia await their team pursuit ride in Rio - first round

Australia await their team pursuit ride in Rio - first round
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Athletes compete in the Women's Keirin First Round repechages on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Athletes compete in the Women's Keirin First Round repechages on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Canada leads in the Keirin

Canada leads in the Keirin
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Women's keirin heats kick off morning track session Day 8

Women's keirin heats kick off morning track session Day 8
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Gregory Bauge of France (R) and Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands compete during the Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals on Day 8

Gregory Bauge of France (R) and Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands compete during the Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals on Day 8
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Tianshi Zhong of China prepares to compete in the Women's Keirin First Round on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Tianshi Zhong of China prepares to compete in the Women's Keirin First Round on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Callum Skinner of Great Britain prior to the Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Callum Skinner of Great Britain prior to the Men's Sprint 1/8 Finals on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Crash in the women's keirin heat 3

Crash in the women's keirin heat 3
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Team USA await their women's team pursuit heat

Team USA await their women's team pursuit heat
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Team USA await their women's team pursuit heat

Team USA await their women's team pursuit heat
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Great Britian set a new world record during the morning heats

Great Britian set a new world record during the morning heats
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Laura Trott (Great Britain)

Laura Trott (Great Britain)
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Team USA advance to gold-medal round in women's team pursuit

Team USA advance to gold-medal round in women's team pursuit

Great Britain wind Olympic gold, set new world record in women's team pursuit

There were huge roars from the crowds as Great Britain's Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Roswell-Shand won the gold medal in the women's team pursuit to close out day 3 of track racing at the Olympic Games. The team also broke their own world record for the third time this week with a time of 4:10.236.

The USA went out strong to lead the race in the early phase with Sarah Hammer on the front pulling along Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente. Great Britain took the lead for the first time gaining over a second ahead of the US team at the halfway point. The US lost a rider in the closing laps as Catlin fell off the back. Great Britain picked up another second and even though they lost a rider with a lap to go, they continued strong through the final lap to break their own world record and win the gold medal.

Canada faced New Zealand for the bronze-medal round and went out strong with an early lead. The Canadians with Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kristi Lay and Georgia Simmerling kept their train tight and put pressure on the New Zealand team of Lauren Ellis, Raquel Sheath, Rushlee Buchanan and Jaime Nielsen, as their fourth rider began to fall off the back. Canada also lost a rider in the closing laps but went into the final lap with over two seconds of an advantage, and went on to secure the bronze medal for a second consecutive Olympic Games.

Italy and Australia lined up to contest the race for fifth and sixth. Australia with Georgia Baker, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins, who had crashed earlier in the week, were hoping to finish in that fifth place and they started out much faster than the Italian team of Simona Frapporti, Tatiana Guderzo, Francesca Pattaro and Siliva Valsecchi. Both teams lost one rider early on, but Italy lost their third rider with two laps to go and Australia's Baker, Edmondson and Cure went on to secure fifth place.

China raced a formality in the round for 7th place, given that Poland had been relegated and then disqualified after the first round.

Great Britain continued their dominance in the women's team pursuit, from the previous day's qualifiers, during the morning session's first round heats, setting a world record of 4:12.152, before breaking it again in the gold-medal round. The quartet beat the Canadian team to advance to the gold-medal round against the USA. The US team won their heat against Australia's injured team.

The morning session set the stage for an exciting finale between Great Britain and the USA for the gold medal.

Dutchwoman Ligtlee wins gold medal in women's keirin

Elis Ligtlee took a surprise gold medal for the Netherlands in the women's keirin. The Dutch rider sprinted to the victory ahead of Great Britain's Rebecca James in silver, while Anna Meares of Australia took the bronze. World champion from Germany Kristina Vogel was forced to settle for sixth place.

Vogel rode the fastest time in the women's keirin first round with 11.209 during the morning session. She won the round ahead of Meares and both advanced to the second round along with six other riders; Rebecca James (Great Britain), Hyejin Lee (Korea), Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong), Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands), Tianshi Zhong (China) and Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania), who advanced from the remaining heats.

Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands) took to the trackside advertising hoardings in her heat 2 to avoid a high-speed crash that ended several riders’ chances but ended without serious injury. Lee won that heat.

Four other riders advanced through the first round repachages including Van Riessen, Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia), Liubov Basova (Ukraine) and Anastasiia Voinova (Russia).

Vogel and Meares kept their keirin success going during the second rounds of the discipline in the afternoon session on the track in Rio. Vogels won her second-round heat while Meares took top honours in hers, and both will advance to the the finals 1-6. Also progressing are Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands), Anastasiia Voinova (Russia), Liubov Basova (Ukraine) and Rebecca James (Great Britain). But it was Ligtlee who ended up going on to win the gold medal, leaving James with silver, Meares bronze, while Vogel was last in the final round.

Great Britain's Kenny and Skinner to race gold-medal round 

Great Britain's sprinters Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner will face each other in the gold-medal round of the men's sprints on Sunday. Each won their respective heats in the semifinals and advanced through to the gold-medal round. The losers of each of those semifinal rounds; Dennis Dmitriev (Russia) and Matthew Glaetzer (New Zealand) will race against each other for the bronze medal.

Kenny and Skinner won their respective heats during the men's sprint quarterfinals in the afternoon session of day 3 at the track in Rio. The duo raced in heats 1 and 2, respectively, where they won and advanced to the semifinals, while Dmitriev and Glaetzer also advanced through to the semifinals.

Kenny and Skinner kicked off the men's sprints with strong performances in the morning's 1/8 final heats. Kenny won his heat against Colombia's Fabian Puerta Zapata with a time of 10.369, while Skinner won his heat against New Zealand's Patrick Constable with a time of 10.359.

The fastest sprint of the morning session, however, came from Dmitriev, who won his heat in 10.102, while France's Gregory Bauge won his heat in 10.103, making them the favourites for the next rounds but Dmitriev beat Bauge in the quarterfinals.

Olympic track racing will continue with day 4 on Sunday.

Full Results

Women's Keirin - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2Anna Meares (Australia)
3Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia)
4Anaststasila Voinova (Russia)
5Jinjie Gong (China)
6Monique Sullivan (Canada)

Women's Keirin - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong
2Tianshi Zhong (China)
3Daria Shmeleva (Russia)
4Laurine Van Reissen (Netherlands)
DNFTania Calvo Barnero (Spain)
DNFVirginie Cueff (France)
DNFOlivia Podmore

Women's Keirin - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Rebecca James (Great Britain)
2Hyejin Lee (Korea)
3Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)
4Helena Casas Roige (Spain)
5Stephanie Morton (Australia)
6Kate O'Brien (Canada)
7Miriam Welte (Germany)

Women's Keirinn - Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)
2Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
3Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
4Olga Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)
5Shannon McCurley (Ireland)
6Sandie Clair (France)
7Liubov Basova (Ukraine)

Women's Keirin - First Round Repechages, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia)
2Stephanie Morton (Australia)
3Virginiie Cueff (France)
4Olga Ismayilova (Russia)

Women's Keirin - First Round Repechages, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Liubov Basova (Ukraine)
2Daria Shmeleva (Russia)
3Helena Casas Roige (Spain)
4Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)
5Monique Sullivan (Canada)

Women's Keirin - First Round Repechages, Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)
2Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)
3Jinje Gong (China)
4Sandie Clair (France)
5Miriam Welte (Germany)

Women's Keirin - First Round Repechages, Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anastasiia Voinova (Russia)
2Kate O'Brien (Canada)
3Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
4Dhannon McCurley (Ireland)
5Olivia Podmore (New Zealand)

Women's Keirin - Second round, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)
3Anastasiia Voinov (Russia)
4Hyejin Lee (Korea)
RELTianshi Zhong (China)
DNFMartha Bayona Pineda (Colombia

Women's Keirin - Second round, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anna Meares (Australia)
2Rebecca James (Great Britain)
3Liubov Basova (Ukraine)
4Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)
5Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
DNFWai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)

Women's Keirin 7th-12th final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
7Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)
8Hyejin Lee (Korea)
9Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)
10Martha Boyona Pineda (Colombia)
11Tianshi Zhong (China)
12Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Women's Keirin 1-6th final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)
2Rebecca James (Great Britain)
3Anna Meares (Australia)
4Anastasiia Voinova (Russia)
5Liubov Basova (Ukraine)
6Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Fabian Puerta Zapata (Colombia)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Callum Skinner (Great Britain)
2Patrick Constable (Australia)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)
2Max Levy (Germany)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Gregory Bauge (France)
2Jeffrey Hofland (Netherlands)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals, Heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Joachim Eilers (Germany)
2Chao Xu (China)

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals Repechages, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Chao Xu (China)
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)
3Fabian Puerta Zapata (Colombia

Men's Sprint - 1/8 finals Repechages, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Patrick Constable (Australia)
2Max Levy (Germany)
3Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)

Men's Sprint - Quarterfinals, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Patrick Constable (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint - Quarterfinals, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Callum Skinner (Great Britain)
2Chao Xu (China

Men's Sprint - Quarterfinals, Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)
2Joachim Eilers (Germany)

Men's Sprint - Quarterfinals, Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
2Gregory Bauge (France)

Men's Sprint - 9th-12th finals
#Rider Name (Country) Team
9Max Levy (Germany)
10Fabian Puerta Zapata (Colombia)
11Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
12Sam Webster (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint 5th - 8th final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
5Joachim Eilers (Germany)
6Chao XU (China)
7Gregory Bauge (France)
8Patrick Constable (Australia)

Men's Sprint - Semifinals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Dennis Dmitriev (Russia)

Men's Sprint - Semifinals, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Callum Skinner (Great Britain)
2Matthew Glaetzer (New Zealand)

Women's Team Pursuit - First Round, Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Italy0:04:22.964
Simona Frapporti
Tatiana Guderzo
Francesca Pattaro
Siliva Valsecchi
1China0:04:23.678
Dongyan Huang
Yali Jing
Menglu Ma
Baofang Zhao

Women's Team Pursuit - First Round, Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:04:17.592
Lauren Ellis
Raquel Sheath
Rushlee Buchanan
Jaime Nielsen
2Poland
Daria Pikulik
Edyta Jasinska
Justyna Kaczowska
Natalia Rutkowska

Women's Team Pursuit - First Round, Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1United States0:04:12.282
Sarah Hammer
Kelly Catlin
Chloe Dygert
Jennifer Valente
2Australia0:04:20.262
Georgia Baker
Annette Edmondson
Amy Cure
Melissa Hoskins

Women's Team Pursuit - First Round, Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:04:12.152
Katie Archibald
Laura Trott
Elinor Barker
Joanna Roswell-Shand
2Canada0:04:15.636
Allison Beveridge
Jasmin Glaesser
Kristi Lay
Georgia Simmerling

Women's Team Pursuit 7th-8th final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
7China
Dongyan Huang
Yali Jing
Menglu Ma
Baofang

Women's Team Pursuit 5-6 final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Australia0:04:21.232
Georgia Baker
Annette Edmondson
Amy Cure
Melissa Hoskins
6Italy0:04:28.368
Simona Frapporti
Tatiana Guderzo
Francesca Pattaro
Siliva Valsecchi

Women's Team Pursuit for bronze
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Canada0:04:14.627
Allison Beveridge
Jasmin Glaesser
Kristi Lay
Georgia Simmerling
4New Zealand0:04:18.459
Lauren Ellis
Raquel Sheath
Rushlee Buchanan
Jaime Nielsen

Women's Team Pursuit for gold
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:04:10.236
Katie Archibald
Laura Trott
Elinor Barker
Joanna Roswell-Shand
2United States0:04:12.454
Sarah Hammer
Kelly Catlin
Chloe Dygert
Jennifer Valente

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