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Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Pursuit quartet and Hoy take gold
Great Britain's men's pursuit quartet
Great Britain's quartet were in superb form in the final
Great Britain's quartet clinched gold in the men's team pursuit final on day two of the World Track Cycling Championships in Mallorca.

Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Paul Manning and Bradley Wiggins set a new British record of 3:57.468 to beat the Ukraine by over four seconds.

Chris Hoy added to the golden haul with success in the men's keirin with Ross Edgar taking bronze.

Rebecca Romero earlier clinched a silver medal in the women's pursuit.

The victory for the British quartet gave Wiggins his second gold medal of the championships after his individual pursuit success on Thursday.

It allowed Britain reclaim the title they won for the first time in 2005.

"That's probably one of the most pleasing world championships I've ever won," Wiggins said afterwards.

"The individual is one thing but I can't express how much of a team we've been over the last few months.

"It has been a fantastic team effort right across the board. The big thing for me was the mental side of it coming back after the individual win because it takes so much out of you mentally."

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Reigning world and Olympic champions and world record holders Australia failed to make the medal rounds for the first time since 2001 when they finished sixth in qualifying.

Hoy, the kilo world champion, was the first to hit the front when the motorbike pacesetter left the track with two and a half laps to go.

The 31-year-old Scot was overtaken by Mickael Bourgain on the final lap but then attacked again, overhauling the Frenchman on the final corner.

Bourgain also saw Dutch defending champion Theo Bos and Briton Edgar overtake him in the final straight to miss out on a medal.

"I'm totally shocked and delighted," said Hoy. "It was way beyond my expectations.

"I'm a novice to this event and I used my strength to go hard at the finish."

Romero, who put in a strong display in qualifying, could not get the better of defending champion Sarah Hammer of the USA in Friday's final, finishing in 3:33.409 with Hammer clocking 3:30.213.

Another Briton, Wendy Houvenaghel, lost out to Australian specialist Katie Mactier for the bronze medal.

Victoria Pendleton reached the semi-finals of the women's sprint, beating Natallia Tsylinskata 2-0 in their best-of-three race quarter-finals.

You can watch live action from Mallorca on BBCi and the BBC Sport website throughout the championships.

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