Ed Clancy, Owain Doull, Steven Burke and Bradley Wiggins beat New Zealand in the team pursuit first round to set a new world record and progressed to the gold medal final.
GB’s time of three minutes and 50.570 seconds was significantly quicker than the previous world record mark of 3-51.659 set by GB at the London 2012 Olympics on their way to gold.
The gold medal final against Australia was later that day.
Ed Clancy had a wobbly take off at start gate of the crucial final run but soon got up to speed as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steve Burke and Owain Doull slotted in behind him.
Australia put in a fast start and built up a strong lead over GB in the opening two kilometres of the four-kilometre race. As the pace started to rise quickly the Australian team, they lost a man and then a gap appeared to the last rider of the remaining trio. Great Britain seized the opportunity to gain back the lost time until they also lost a man and appeared to struggle not to break up in the final two laps.
Britain stayed strong to not only beat Australia, but also break their own world record set in the morning (3mins 50.265).
The gold medal for team GB means that Wiggins is now is GB top olympian, with eight medals. Clancy also adds one more gold to his collection, having been part of GB’s winning team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games, men’s team pursuit finals
1. Great Britain 3:50.265
2. Australia 3:51.008
3. Denmark 3:53.789
4. New Zealand 3:56.753
Congratulations to team GB for the fantastic ride!