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GB pursuit team set world record

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World record puts GB men in team pursuit final

Britain's men's team pursuit squad took more than a second off their own world record as they stormed into the Olympic final with another brilliant display.

Bradley Wiggins, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy demolished their Russian opponents as they set a new mark of three minutes 55.202 seconds.

The quartet will take on a strong Denmark line-up in Monday's final.

Earlier, GB's Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton set new Olympic records in reaching their sprint quarter-finals.

Hoy, who is chasing his third gold medal of the Beijing Games, set a new Olympic record in his first race of the day, as he and his team-mate Jason Kenny both qualified for Monday's last eight with ease.

Pendleton also set a new Olympic record as she topped the women's standings.

If we put together another time like that, we'll have them

Britain's Bradley Wiggins on the team pursuit final
Wiggins, who also has a chance of three gold medals, and his team-mates won their qualifying round easily, finishing in a time of 3:57.101.

They will face a Danish line-up of Michael Moerkoev, Casper Joergensen, Jens-Erik Madsen and Alex Nicki Rasmussen for the gold.

"We're full of confidence. Of course Britain are the favourites, but the way we rode today was just a perfect ride," said Rasmussen.

But Wiggins and his team-mates are equally confident.

"The last 48 hours have been tough - I had four hours sleep last night," said Wiggins.

"I was in doping control until God knows what time so I wasn't my usual self this morning. But I knew it was going to be like that anyway.

"We're going to have a really tough race against the Danes. But if we put together another time like that, we'll have them."

In the men's sprint 20-year-old Kenny smashed his personal best in the initial qualifying round to go quickest with a mark of 9.857secs, before Hoy stepped up to the plate.


The 32-year-old was the last rider to go and shaved four hundredths of a second off the time set by his Team GB counterpart.

Hoy then met Russia's Denis Dmitriev in the first round, and once again proved far too strong as he kept his opponent behind him from start to finish.

The 32-year-old will take on Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang in the quarters, while Kenny will tackle France's Kevin Sireau.

World champion Pendleton saw off Japan's Sakie Tsukuda with another high-class display of sprinting.

The 27-year-old, who faces Simona Krupeckaite in the quarters, is the favourite for the event but she will be pushed all the way by Anna Meares of Australia and China's Guo Shuang, who both ducked under the Olympic record before Pendleton's effort.

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