Saturday, August 04, 2012

Cyclists chase more golden glory

Great Britain are seeking to add to their gold-medal haul on Saturday after Victoria Pendleton and the men's team pursuit quartet extended a stunning start to competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.
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Ed Clancy: Geared up for omnium
After two days, Britain had won three titles from four events and qualified fastest for the latter stages of the women's team pursuit - the only medal event on offer on Saturday's third day.

Pendleton, the keirin champion, was set for a day off ahead of the sprint, but Ed Clancy was poised to return to action in the six-discipline omnium after being part of the British pursuit team who took a stunning gold in a world record of three minutes and 51.659 seconds.

Clancy said: "The team pursuit is always my number one goal, but yes, let's go and see what we can go and do in the omnium.

"By the nature of the event I think I've got an okay chance of getting a medal, but I've also got an okay chance of getting eighth or ninth."

Clancy combined with Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh to win the four-man, four-kilometre event for a second time on Friday night.

After delivering in front of an expectant, partisan crowd, Clancy added: "It just blows your mind. The whole way round it was just a wall of noise. It was almost surreal, just bizarre. It feels like a dream."

Britain triumphed in seven of 10 events at Beijing in 2008, with Pendleton winning the one title available to her, the sprint.

In the three-kilometre women's team pursuit, Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King qualified in 3mins 15.669secs, almost four seconds clear of the field, and were on Saturday poised to meet Canada in the semi-final, with Wendy Houvenaghel on standby to be drafted in.

Jason Kenny, who won team sprint gold on day one, was also set to resume action in qualifying and the early rounds of the three-day sprint.


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