By the midway point of this year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships (March 23 – 27) Great Britain’s Women’s Team Pursuit trio have taken gold with a blistering performance in the Netherlands. After setting the fastest qualifying time of 3:23.642, the relatively newly formed team of Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King (the latter two making their World Championship debuts) stormed home in the finals with a winning time of 3:23.419 holding the USA in silver medal position (3:25.308) and New Zealand in bronze (3:24.065). The success marks veteran Houvenaghel’s third title.
But in the Women’s Team Sprint final British pair Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish had to settle for silver with a time of 33.525 behind Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares (Australia) who scored a gold place with their time of 33.237. China took bronze.
There’s still plenty of time over the next few days for GB to pick up further wins and boost their confidence pre-2012 Games; Cyclo will bring you more news and results from the Championships over the weekend.