Great Britain second quickest in world team pursuit final

20 February 2013 / 13:48

Great Britain's team pursuit squad will face old rivals Australia in the race for gold at the track cycling World Championships in Minsk.

Andy Tennant, Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Sam Harrison qualified second in time of 3:59.784 - just over two tenths slower than Glenn O'Shea, Alexander Edmonson, Michael Hepburn and Alexander Morgan.

Burke and Clancy are the only surviving members of the team that struck gold at Australia's expense at the London 2012 Olympics and last year's World Championships in Melbourne.

Denmark were third quickest and will race off against Spain for bronze.

In addition to the men's team pursuit final, rising star Kian Emadi starts his championships tonight in the men's kilo - an event once dominated by his hero Sir Chris Hoy.

Becky James and Victoria Williamson, a new-look British women's sprint team in the absence of the injured Jess Varnish and retired Victoria Pendleton, are also involved in qualifying.

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