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Germany set new world record twice en-route to rainbow jersey

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Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel en route to gold in the team sprint.

Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel en route to gold in the team sprint.
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The French team put the hammer down

The French team put the hammer down
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Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China) takes a deep breath before the start

Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China) takes a deep breath before the start
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Through the eyes of a sprinter

Through the eyes of a sprinter
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Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte on the podium.

Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte on the podium.
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Vogel and Welte were over the moon with their win.

Vogel and Welte were over the moon with their win.
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The German women take the gold!

The German women take the gold!
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Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch during the team sprint.

Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch during the team sprint.
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Chinese Shuang Guo concentrates.

Chinese Shuang Guo concentrates.
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That winning feeling.

That winning feeling.
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The German pair power to a world record.

The German pair power to a world record.
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Ukraine takes on the women's team sprint

Ukraine takes on the women's team sprint
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Tense times at the worlds.

Tense times at the worlds.
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Victoria Pendleton warming up.

Victoria Pendleton warming up.
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Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel celebrate their victory

Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel celebrate their victory
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Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel celebrate their team sprint word championship.

Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel celebrate their team sprint word championship.
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Team sprint world champions, Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel of Germany, on the podium in their rainbow-striped jersey.

Team sprint world champions, Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel of Germany, on the podium in their rainbow-striped jersey.
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Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel upset the three-time world champions Australia to win gold in the women's team sprint final, setting two new world records in the process.

"I don't know what we did today," a shocked Vogel explained. "It's so amazing and we never believed we could go so fast.

"It's now just a dream and I have to calm down.

"I told Miriam that we wanted to do a new German record but to do a new world record, it's amazing. I don't understand that at the moment."

The Australian pairing of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch were favourites heading into the event but the German's had sent out an early warning lowering the world mark in qualifying (32.754) which had been set in February by Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish at the London World Cup meet. In a powerful performance, Germany's new time in qualifying against Lithuania was 32.630.

Australia had earned their start in the gold medal ride-off after their defeat of Great Britain. Australia was on world record pace but their time when they crossed the line was not enough (32.752) to have the number one seeding for the finals. Great Britain qualified fourth. China then overcame a false start in their heat against France to set a third-best time of 32.937.

Welte and Vogel were forced to fight back in the gold medal match with Australia looking stronger but Germany fought all the way to clock their new world record of 32.549. Australia's time of 32.597 was a personal best.

"I take a lot of confidence out of this ride tonight," explained McCulloch. "There's 115 days to go to the Olympics and I can guarantee you we'll both be faster and we want to stand on that top step on the podium.

"We will be better in London, we aimed to be about 90 per cent here and we'll be 100 per cent in London and we'll be bringing our A game then."

China's Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo proved too good for Pendleton and Varnish, with the Brits perhaps shocked to be walking away empty-handed.

Team Sprint Qualifying
1Germany0:00:32.630
Miriam Welte (Germany)
Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2Australia0:00:32.752
Anna Meares (Australia)
Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)
3China0:00:32.937
Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)
Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)
4Great  Britain0:00:32.941
Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)
Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
5France0:00:33.355
Sandie Clair (France)
Clara Sanchez (France)
6Russia0:00:33.440
Anastasya Voynova (Russian Federation)
Viktoria Baranova (Russian Federation)
7Netherlands0:00:33.571
Willy Kanis (Netherlands)
Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
8Ukraine0:00:33.639
Olena Tsos (Ukraine)
Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)
9Spain0:00:34.276
Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)
Helena Casas Roige (Spain)
10New  Zealand0:00:34.278
Katie Schofield (New Zealand)
Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)
11Venezuela0:00:34.335
Mariesthela Carolina Vilera (Venezuela)
Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)
12Colombia0:00:35.025
Juliana Gaviria (Colombia)
Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)
13Korea0:00:35.128
Eunji Lee (Korea)
Hyejin Lee (Korea)
14Japan0:00:35.301
Kayono Maeda (Japan)
Hiroko Ishii (Japan)
15Hong  Kong0:00:36.631
Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)
Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)
RELLithuania
Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)
Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Team Sprint Finals - Gold medal round
1Germany0:00:32.549
Miriam Welte (Germany)
Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2Australia0:00:32.597
Anna Meares (Australia)
Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)

Team Sprint Finals - Bronze medal round
3China0:00:32.870
Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)
Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)
4Great  Britain0:00:33.160
Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)
Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

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