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Britain claim triple track gold

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Highlights: Wiggins powers to pursuit glory

World Track Championships
Date: Friday, 28 March
Venue: Manchester Velodrome
BBC Coverage: Live on BBC Two 1900-2000 GMT, BBCi 1900-2200 GMT and BBC Sport website (UK users only).

Great Britain claimed triple gold on day two of the World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester.

Individual pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins won gold again as the British quartet beat Denmark to defend the team pursuit title in world record time.

Rebecca Romero, a former Olympic rowing silver medallist, took a second gold for Britain in the individual pursuit.

Victoria Pendleton and BMX specialist Shanaze Reade rounded off the medal rush by defending their sprint title.

In the men's team pursuit final, Britain pulled further and further ahead of Denmark, who lacked cohesion at the start of the race in Manchester.

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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

By the halfway mark at 2,000m the British quartet were already 1.1 seconds ahead but they continued to pour on the pace to beat Australia's world record set at the 2004 Olympics.

Wiggins, Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning set a new world mark of three minutes 56.318 seconds.

Clancy told BBC Sport: "We could just hear when the other team cracked, we started to build a lead and then to get the world record is the best thing I've ever done."

Wiggins, who will go for a third gold in the madison later this week, added: "We've been preparing together since January and it's always been about us performing to the best of our ability.

I didn't know what would happen but I raced my heart out

Rebecca Romero

"That's what gets us across the line first, we don't worry about the other teams."

Romero built a lead over American defending champion Sarah Hammer inside the first 500m and never relinquished it.

The 28-year-old, who won silver in the quadruple skulls at the Athens Olympics and switched to cycling in 2006, won in 3:30.501 and set a new British record of 3:29.953 in qualifying.

"I didn't know what would happen but I raced my heart out," said Romero. "It's amazing.

"I didn't think I would do it as I'd been building up and building up and it was the most tested I've ever been mentally."

Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel missed out on bronze as she was beaten by Australian Katie Mactier in their 3km match.

Pendleton, who won three golds at last year's world championships in Mallorca, got her triple medal hunt off to a perfect start with team sprint gold.

Shanaze Reade and Victoria Pendleton celebrate their win
Reade (left) and Pendleton celebrate their team sprint gold

The 27-year-old and Reade recovered from a 0.04 second deficit on the first lap to defeat the Chinese duo Gong Jinjie and Zheng Lulu in 33.61.

"This is only the beginning for me," Pendleton, who defends the individual sprint and keirin later this week, told BBC Sport afterwards.

"I've been itching to get out and do something. Shanaze did an awesome job in delivering me (to the last lap) and it's going better than I expected.

"It will be harder for me this year though because it is an Olympic year and everyone is raising their game."

Reade, who is favourite for the Olympic BMX title, said: "We lost time at the beginning but it was still a great performance."

Scotland's Chris Hoy advanced to Friday's 200m sprint semi-finals after battling past Dutch world champion Theo Bos.

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GB sprint women snatch gold

Hoy was easily beaten by Bos in the first race but edged past the Dutchman in the final two races to go through.

"I believe the last time he lost a race was in 2005 so he was fairly confident," Hoy said.

"I made such a mess of the first ride but had more aggression and belief in the last two races.

"It gives me a lot of confidence but now I have to reset and refocus. My next opponent, Roberto Chiappa, is crafty and will be tough to beat."

Jason Kenny, 19, finished an encouraging fifth in the sprint after failing to beat Frenchman Mickael Bourgain for a place in the semi-finals.

see also
World Cycling - day two photos
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Wiggins claims gold for Team GB
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GB rule the boards
26 Mar 08 |  Cycling
World Cycling highlights
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