Rio 2016 Medal Moments: Women's Team Pursuit
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Rio 2016 Medal Moments: Women's Team Pursuit

20 December 2016 / 08:00

Three races, three world records – gold in the women’s team pursuit was surely never in doubt.

Two of the riders had been there and done it all before, with Laura Trott (now Kenny) and Joanna Roswell Shand having topped the podium at London 2012 alongside Dani King.

But fast forward to the Rio Olympic Velodrome and this was a different kettle of fish – the bikes all still had two wheels but instead of three riders cycling over three kilometres the action took place over four kilometres with four athletes zooming around in a circle.

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker stepped up to complete the squad and opened up Team GB’s defence in style, with a new world record time of 4:13.260 minutes in their heat.

But they weren’t finished there, with that time being lowered to 4:12.152 in the first round and then 4:10.236 in the final against a USA quad that came home more than two seconds behind Team GB.

With it, Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic gold medals, and while she would leave Brazil having added another omnium title to her impressive collection, let’s see how she wrote her name into the record books...

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