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Australia win track cycling gold

Glenn O'Shea
AFP
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Australia have dominated the men’s team pursuit on the opening day of the World Cup track cycling round at altitude in Mexico.

The quartet of Alex Edmondson, Glenn O’Shea, Alex Morgan and Mitch Mulhern qualified fastest and then beat Denmark in the final.

Their arch-rivals Great Britain did not send a full-strength team pursuit line-up to the Mexico round and beat New Zealand in the ride-off for bronze.

Australia clocked three minutes 55.261 seconds in qualifying, more than two seconds up on the Danish.

Luke Davison rode the qualifying round and made way for O’Shea in the gold medal ride.

Australia were slightly slower in the final, with 3:55.841, but were still well up on Denmark’s 3:58.275.

Australia also won bronze in the women’s team pursuit, beating the United States in their ride-off.

But the British twice broke the world record to score another convincing win.

Isabella King, Amy Cure, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Melissa Hoskins were third-fastest in qualifying and beat the Americans by nearly two seconds for the bronze medal.

The British continue to take quantum leaps in the event, which this year has gone up from 3000m and three riders to 4000m and four competitors per team – the same as the men.

In qualifying, the quartet Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King, rode 4:19.115.

That was just under the old world mark of 4:19.604 the British set last month at the Manchester World Cup round.

The same quartet then rode an amazing 4:16.552 in the final, a whopping six-plus seconds faster than Canada.

Australia’s best time in Mexico was their bronze medal ride of 4:22.533.