Britain Breaks World Record to Win Men’s Team Pursuit Gold

Britain won gold in the men’s 4,000- meter team pursuit, breaking its own world record while beating Australia in the final.

The British quartet of Edward Clancy, 27; Geraint Thomas, 26; Steven Burke, 24, and Peter Kennaugh, 23, crossed the line in 3 minutes, 51.659 seconds at the Velodrome in London today. Australia got silver and New Zealand got bronze.

“I never felt under pressure from the Aussies, we were so comfortable,” Kennaugh said after the medal ceremony. “They were at the limit and we were comfortable.”

The Britons, who are the defending Olympic and world champions, did a lap of honor in front of a crowd that included Bradley Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

The previous record of 3:52.499 was set by Britain yesterday.

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