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Great Britain outclass USA for first gold

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Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King celebrate their victory

Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King celebrate their victory
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Australia's women team pursuiters reach the bronze medal final

Australia's women team pursuiters reach the bronze medal final
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Germany with Charlotte Becker, Lisa Brennauer and Madeleine Sandig compete during the team pursuit

Germany with Charlotte Becker, Lisa Brennauer and Madeleine Sandig compete during the team pursuit
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The Belgian team Jolien D'Hoore (L), Jessie Daams (C) and Els Belmans during the team pursuit

The Belgian team Jolien D'Hoore (L), Jessie Daams (C) and Els Belmans during the team pursuit
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The British team Danielle King, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel compete during the team pursuit

The British team Danielle King, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel compete during the team pursuit
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The Dutch team of Ellen van Dijk, Kirsten Wild and Vera Koedooder compete during the team pursuit

The Dutch team of Ellen van Dijk, Kirsten Wild and Vera Koedooder compete during the team pursuit
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Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel followed by teammates Laura Trot and Danielle King celebrates after winning the team pursuit

Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel followed by teammates Laura Trot and Danielle King celebrates after winning the team pursuit
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Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King on the top of the podium

Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King on the top of the podium
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Team pursuit podium USA silver, GB gold and NZL bronze

Team pursuit podium USA silver, GB gold and NZL bronze
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New Zealand won the bronze medal

New Zealand won the bronze medal
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The triumphant British team pursuiters

The triumphant British team pursuiters
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Wendy Houvenaghel leads the British celebration

Wendy Houvenaghel leads the British celebration
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Dani King leads the British team pursuiters on their way to the gold medal

Dani King leads the British team pursuiters on their way to the gold medal
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GB women pursuiters go fastest in qualifying

GB women pursuiters go fastest in qualifying
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New coach Paul Manning happy with the women's team pursuiters

New coach Paul Manning happy with the women's team pursuiters
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New Zealand have to settle for a bronze medal final

New Zealand have to settle for a bronze medal final
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Alison Shanks leads the NZ team pursuiters

Alison Shanks leads the NZ team pursuiters
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USA made the women's team pursuit final against GB

USA made the women's team pursuit final against GB
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Not heading for the door just yet - Coach Shane Sutton watches the GB team have a good day

Not heading for the door just yet - Coach Shane Sutton watches the GB team have a good day
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Great Britain claimed their first gold medal of the championships, with a dominant start-to-finish performance over the world record holders in the women's team pursuit.

The result matched their qualifying positions however the final suggested the team from Great Britain - Laura Trott, Wendy Houvenaghel and Danielle King - were in a different class, with a winning time of 3:23.419 to the USA's 3:25.308.

Houvenaghel also explained that her team had taken into account the slow track and formulated their schedule based on that. The challenge for the three, was then to stick to it when it mattered.

"It's fantastic," she said of the dominant performance. "It's really special. It's incredible to be on that top spot on the podium again and that's where we want to stay. It's so encouraging. These girls have come a long way in a short space of time and over the next 16 months there's a lot of leeway to improve a lot more and I'm very excited about the prospect of us performing in London."

Trott and King were making their elite debuts at world championship level. For an "over the moon" King, it's been a dramatic rise to the top.

"The track was really hard to ride," the 20-year-old explained. "I was happy we were able to stick to our schedule and do it. I only started with the pursuit team last November and I've been working so hard."

The trio from the USA, Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed were down from the first lap, and by the 1000m mark that had blown out to 1.361. The gap at the 2000m mark was close to 2 seconds. The USA rallied somewhat in the final laps, but then struggled to hold formation while the Great Britain team held steady.

Hammer, who will take on the gruelling schedule of the omnium on Saturday, said she was really proud of her team's efforts.
"We have come a long way in the past couple years," she said. Getting silver is almost harder than taking bronze but that I'm happy with the silver."

In the bronze medal ride-off, the New Zealand team of Alison Shanks, Jaime Nielsen and Kaytee Boyd pipped defending champions Australia in a time of 3:24.065.

Shanks, was slightly disappointed in the end result but could find positives in the ride.

"Bronze wasn't the medal they we came for, but we have to be a little happy getting a world championship medal," she admitted. "We got a bit too excited this morning, so tonight we had to hold back a little in the first half.

"The Aussies really made us race it, and they put up a good fight."

Earlier in qualifying, Great Britain was top of the pops in a time of 3:23.642 while the USA rode a 3:23.965.

Australia, with Amy Cure, Katherine Bates and Josephine Tomic struggled, with Tomic setting too high of a pace. The team posted the fourth fastest time in 3:25.253 which New Zealand bettered with 3:24.701.

 

Women's team pursuit final

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:23.419
Laura Trott
Wendy Houvenaghel
Danielle King
2United States Of America0:03:25.308
Sarah Hammer
Dotsie Bausch
Jennie Reed
3New Zealand0:03:24.065
Kaytee Boyd
Jaime Nielsen
Alison Shanks
4Australia0:03:24.422
Amy Cure
Katherine Bates
Josephine Tomic

Qualifying

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:23.642
Laura Trott
Wendy Houvenaghel
Danielle King
2United States Of America0:03:23.965
Sarah Hammer
Dotsie Bausch
Jennie Reed
3New Zealand0:03:24.701
Kaytee Boyd
Jaime Nielsen
Alison Shanks
4Australia0:03:25.253
Amy Cure
Katherine Bates
Josephine Tomic
5Netherlands0:03:26.092
Kirsten Wild
Vera Koedooder
Ellen Van Dijk
6Canada0:03:27.255
Tara Whitten
Laura Brown
Clara Hughes
7Germany0:03:27.623
Lisa Brennauer
Charlotte Becker
Madeleine Sandig
8Ukraine0:03:27.756
Svitlana Galyuk
Lesya Kalitovska
Anna Solovey
9People's Republic of China0:03:30.441
Fan Jiang
Wenwen Jiang
Jing Liang
10Belgium0:03:30.519
Jolien D'Hoore
Els Belmans
Jessie Daams
11Russian Federation0:03:30.650
Evgenya Romanyuta
Verena Absalyamova
Anastasia Chulkova
12Belarus0:03:31.229
Tatsiana Sharakova
Alena Dylko
Aksana Papko
13Lithuania0:03:31.851
Vilija Sereikaite
Vaida Pikauskaite
Ausrine Trebaite
14Poland0:03:33.311
Malgorzata Wojtyra
Edyta Jasinska
Katarzyna Pawlowska
15Italy0:03:40.434
Monia Baccaille
Annalisa Cucinotta
Tatiana Guderzo
16Hong Kong, China0:03:49.438
Xiao Juan Diao
Zhao Juan Meng
Wan Yiu Jamie Wong

 

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