Great Britain claim third straight world team pursuit title
February 21, 2013 17:50 pm
Great Britain underlined their dominance as the Olympic women's team pursuit champions claimed the world title for the third straight year.
Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker qualified quickest and were pushed in the early stages of their final by traditional rivals Australia.
But with coach Paul Manning guiding their tactics, they didn't panic, powering to Great Britain's first gold in Minsk in a time of 3:18.140.
Victory also secures Great Britain's place in the record books, with this the final three rider 3,000m team pursuit final - next year the race will be over 4,000m with four riders, just like the men's event.
And considering Britain's impressive depth in endurance track riders - Olympic gold medallist Jo Rowsell is focussing her season on the road - the future looks promising.
"It was very hard but it flowed so nicely and we stayed composed and stuck to our plans," said Trott.
"We changed a few things from qualification and it came together and everything was just spot on.
"We're really starting to dominate this now, we've only lost this event once back in 2010, so it's great to continue that record."
Becky James claimed her second bronze in 24 hours with a third place in the women's 500m time trial - and her best event is still to come.
James, who partnered Vicky Williamson to bronze in the team sprint, edged out Lizandra Guerra Rodriguez to claim the last place on the podium while Hong Kong's Wai Sze Lee took gold ahead of Germany's Miriam Welte.
"I really chuffed with that, it's a huge personal best for me," said James, who clocked 52.734.
"I couldn't be happier with how it's going here. It's not my favourite event but I left nothing on the track and I've probably got my best event still to come - the sprint."
Elsewhere, Republic of Ireland's Martyn Irvine won the men's scratch race while British teenager Owain Doull placed fifth.
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