Australian world record and gold rush at track cycling world titles

Pruszkow: Australia smashed their own world record to win the men’s team pursuit gold at the track cycling world championships ahead of Olympic champions and title holders Britain on Friday (AEDT).

The Australians led from the start and their quartet of Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien and Alex Porter set a time of 3:48.012 to eclipse the country’s previous world mark of 3:49.804 achieved at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Australia celebrate their world record and victory in the men's team pursuit.

Australia celebrate their world record and victory in the men’s team pursuit.Credit:AP

Denmark took the bronze after beating Canada.

Australia’s Welsford then backed up just 30 minutes later to win the men’s scratch in the day’s second final with Roy Eefting of the Netherlands taking silver and New Zealand’s Tom Sexton the bronze.

And the gold rush didn’t stop there, with Australia’s women beating Britain for gold in the final of the team pursuit with a time of 4:14.333.

The men’s keirin final is also scheduled for day two.





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