Three-peat for Meares and McCulloch

The Australian duo of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch claimed their third consecutive gold medal in the women's team sprint world championships. The team which has dominated the post-Olympic years edged out the British pair, veteran Victoria Pendleton and relative newcomer Jessica Varnish, with a 33.237 to the Brits' 33.525.

In the bronze medal final, China bested France, setting a time just shy of Great Britain's, in a 33.586.

For world record holders Meares and McCulloch, however, the times showed "room for improvement", which they will need to remain ahead of the rapidly improving Varnish, who edged out Pendleton's two-time world champion partner Shanaze Reade for this year's event.

"For us it's a matter of achieving specific goals," said Meares. "There's only one competition that's bigger, and that's the Olympic Games. This is where we're going to be able to try things and make mistakes and learn from them in time to ride personal best times in London."

"Even though we're the best in the world right now, I still see room for improvement - there are 16 months till the Olympics and I can pretty much guarantee we are going to break our record again and we're going to go much faster,” McCulloch said.

"[Having Britain] coming up is more motivation for us. I still feel like Anna and I can go faster in both the first and second lap. That will come through specific training we'll do about eight months out from the Games. Although we did target this event, we haven't targeted it enough yet to see the full potential we can ride."

The British team were equally pleased to put in a solid ride, with Varnish excited to prove her mettle in her first world championships, and Pendleton proud of her young teammate's efforts.

"I was doing 19.2 when we got fourth in the world championships [last year]. To do 18.9 now, I'm really happy with that and I'm just going to keep doing it and keep riding and do my best to be here next year," said Varnish.

Pendleton said she is really pleased with the way her form is coming along just in time. "It felt pretty good out there. The conditions are quite heavy here, there is very high pressure which does make quite a big a difference out there, it's not a fast track. For Jess to go sub-19 [18.992 in qualifying - ed.] that's practically an 18.8 in Manchester. I wouldn't be ambitious to say that and it's a great step forward - I'm really excited for the team sprint!"

Women's team sprint final

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:00:33.237
Row 1 - Cell 0 Anna MearesRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Kaarle MccullochRow 2 - Cell 2
2Great Britain0:00:33.525
Row 4 - Cell 0 Victoria PendletonRow 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Jessica VarnishRow 5 - Cell 2
3People's Republic of China0:00:33.586
Row 7 - Cell 0 Shuang GuoRow 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Jinjie GongRow 8 - Cell 2
4France0:00:33.731
Row 10 - Cell 0 Clara SanchezRow 10 - Cell 2
Row 11 - Cell 0 Sandie ClairRow 11 - Cell 2

Qualifying

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:00:33.342
Row 1 - Cell 0 Anna MearesRow 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Kaarle MccullochRow 2 - Cell 2
2Great Britain0:00:33.356
Row 4 - Cell 0 Victoria PendletonRow 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Jessica VarnishRow 5 - Cell 2
3People's Republic of China0:00:33.569
Row 7 - Cell 0 Lin JunhongRow 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Jinjie GongRow 8 - Cell 2
4France0:00:33.601
Row 10 - Cell 0 Clara SanchezRow 10 - Cell 2
Row 11 - Cell 0 Sandie ClairRow 11 - Cell 2
5Germany0:00:33.618
Row 13 - Cell 0 Miriam WelteRow 13 - Cell 2
Row 14 - Cell 0 Kristina VogelRow 14 - Cell 2
6Lithuania0:00:33.788
Row 16 - Cell 0 Gintare GaivenyteRow 16 - Cell 2
Row 17 - Cell 0 Simona KrupeckaiteRow 17 - Cell 2
7Netherlands0:00:34.151
Row 19 - Cell 0 Yvonne HijgenaarRow 19 - Cell 2
Row 20 - Cell 0 Willy KanisRow 20 - Cell 2
8Ukraine0:00:34.373
Row 22 - Cell 0 Iryna PapezhukRow 22 - Cell 2
Row 23 - Cell 0 Lyubov ShulikaRow 23 - Cell 2
9Russian Federation0:00:34.521
Row 25 - Cell 0 Viktoria BaranovaRow 25 - Cell 2
Row 26 - Cell 0 Olga StreltsovaRow 26 - Cell 2
10Spain0:00:34.909
Row 28 - Cell 0 Helena Casas RoigeRow 28 - Cell 2
Row 29 - Cell 0 Tania Calvo BarberoRow 29 - Cell 2
11Colombia0:00:35.242
Row 31 - Cell 0 Juliana Gaviria RendonRow 31 - Cell 2
Row 32 - Cell 0 Diana Maria Garcia OrregoRow 32 - Cell 2
12Hong Kong, China0:00:36.033
Row 34 - Cell 0 Wai Sze LeeRow 34 - Cell 2
Row 35 - Cell 0 Zhao Juan MengRow 35 - Cell 2
13Greece0:00:36.087
Row 37 - Cell 0 Angeliki KoutsonikoliRow 37 - Cell 2
Row 38 - Cell 0 Dimitra PatapiRow 38 - Cell 2
14Korea0:00:36.216
Row 40 - Cell 0 Won Gyeong KimRow 40 - Cell 2
Row 41 - Cell 0 Eunmi ParkRow 41 - Cell 2
15Japan0:00:36.796
Row 43 - Cell 0 Ryoko NakagawaRow 43 - Cell 2
Row 44 - Cell 0 Kanako KaseRow 44 - Cell 2

 

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