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Britain tops quick team pursuit qualifier

It’s landed just one gold medal thus far, but the Great Britain is very much in the hunt for another this evening after it went quickest in the qualifying round of the team pursuit.

The quartet of Stephen Burke, Ed Clancy, Ben Swift and Andrew Tennant scorched around the track in a time of 3 minutes 56.869 seconds. This was over a second faster than second-placed Australia, who Team GB will meet in this evening’s gold medal final.

New Zealand and Denmark were third and fourth, clocking times of 3.58.616 and 4.02.259. The latter started last and was initially on the fastest pace, beating Britain. However the riders cracked and slipped behind, perhaps getting carried away with a very vocal home support.

These two teams will square up in the bronze medal fight this evening, while the Ukraine and Netherlands complete the top six.

Kanis out in 1/8 finals, other favourites go through

There were few surprises in the opening three rounds of the women’s sprint, although the non-progression of regular World Cup medallist Willy Kanis (Netherlands) was a little unexpected. She was fifth-fastest in the qualifying time trial and progressed through the 1/16 final by beating Sandy Clair (France), but then lost out to Kaarle McCulloch (Australia).

Kanis went up against another surprising omission in the repechage, Olga Panarina (Belarussia). She had qualified third-quickest, only to lose out to Victoria Baranova (Russia) in her 1/8 heat. Kanis led Panarina and Virginie Cueff (France) onto the final lap, but was easily passed by the Belorussian.

Kristina Vogel (Germany) won the other repechage, leading out and holding off Clara Sanchez (France) and Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine).

Earlier, six riders went through by the conventional route; in other words, by winning their 1/16 and 1/8 finals. Defending champion Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) only qualified seventh fastest, but beat compatriot Jess Varnish easily. She had a tighter tussle with Sanchez, who came back at her after Pendleton jumped first, but managed to hit the line ahead.

Past silver and bronze medallist Shuang Guo (China) beat Vogel in heat one of the 1/8 finals. Anna Meares (Australia) led out Cueff and fended her off; Baranova was two lengths behind Panarina at the bell but got by, and Simona Krupeckaite (Lituania) jumped early to beat Shulika.

McCullough’s win over Kanis was a straightforward one, while Pendleton had to battle much harder to get by Sanchez. That will give her rivals hope that the four-time world champion is less bulletproof than before.

Men's Team Pursuit - Qualifying
1Great Britain0:03:56.869
Steven Burke
Edward Clancy
Ben Swift
Andrew Tennant
Jack Bobridge
Rohan Dennis
Michael Hepburn
Leigh Howard
3New Zealand0:03:58.616
Sam Bewley
Westley Gough
Peter Latham
Jesse Sergent
Niki Byrgesen
Michael Faerk Christensen
Jens­Erik Madsen
Rasmus Christian Quaade
Lyubomyr Polatayko
Maksym Polischuk
Vitaliy Popkov
Vitaliy Shchedov
Levi Heimans
Arno Van Der Zwet
Tim Veldt
Sipke Zijlstra
Ivan Kovalev
Victor Manakov
Alexei Markov
Alexander Serov
Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur
Sergi Escobar Roure
David Muntaner Juaneda
Eloy Teruel Rovira
Vivien Brisse
Benoit Daeninck
Julien Duval
Julien Morice
Robert Bartko
Robert Bengsch
Henning Bommel
Patrick Gretsch
Angelo Ciccone
Marco Coledan
Alessandro De Marchi
Elia Viviani
Pan Chen
Xiao Jiang
Chuanmin Li
Jie Wang
Stephen Barrett
Matthew Brammeier
Martyn Irvine
David O'Loughlin
Pawel Brylowski
Dawid Glowacki
Piotr Kasperkiewicz
Grzegorz Stepniak
Damien Corthesy
Silvan Dillier
Loïc Perizzolo
Cyrille Thiery
Georgios Bouglas
Dimitrios Chidemenakis
Dimitrios Polydoropoulos
Polychronis Tzortzakis
Andreas Graf
Andreas Müller
Werner Riebenbauer
Georg Tazreiter

Women's Sprint - Qualifying
1Shuang Guo (China)0:00:10.918
2Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.030
3Olga Panarina (Belarus)0:00:11.077
4Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.078
5Willy Kanis (Netherlands)0:00:11.105
6Clara Sanchez (France)0:00:11.120
7Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.135
8Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)0:00:11.202
9Junhong Lin (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.242
10Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.250
11Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.340
12Kristina Vogel (Germany)0:00:11.356
13Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)0:00:11.385
14Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:11.408
15Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)0:00:11.426
16Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.442
17Emily Rosemond (Australia)0:00:11.444
18Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)0:00:11.464
19Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain)0:00:11.518
20Sandie Clair (France)0:00:11.559
21Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)0:00:11.564
22Christin Muche (Germany)0:00:11.571
23Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.600
24Olga Streltsova (Russian Federation)0:00:11.700
25Renata Dabrowska (Poland)0:00:11.922
26Helena Casas Roige (Spain)0:00:11.995
27Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)0:00:12.084

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 1
1Shuang Guo (China)0:00:11.914
2Olga Streltsova (Russian Federation)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 2
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.682
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 3
1Olga Panarina (Belarus)0:00:12.114
2Christin Muche (Germany)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 4
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.782
2Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 5
1Willy Kanis (Netherlands)0:00:11.418
2Sandie Clair (France)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 6
1Clara Sanchez (France)0:00:11.874
2Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 7
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.794
2Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 8
1Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)0:00:11.577
2Emily Rosemond (Australia)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 9
1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.693
2Junhong Lin (People's Republic of China)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 10
1Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)0:00:11.898
2Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 11
1Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.848
RELMiriam Welte (Germany)

Women's 1/16 Final Heat 12
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)0:00:11.813
2Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 1
1Shuang Guo (China)0:00:11.804
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 2
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.717
2Virginie Cueff (France)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 3
1Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)0:00:11.763
2Olga Panarina (Belarus)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 4
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.660
2Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 5
1Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)0:00:11.536
2Willy Kanis (Netherlands)

Women's 1/8 Final Heat 6
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.552
2Clara Sanchez (France)


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