Rare defeat for British women

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Great Britain’s women were beaten in the team pursuit for the first time in more than four years in qualifying on the opening day of the Track World Championships.

Bidding for a fifth successive world title in the discipline, Britain fielded the same quartet which won the 2014 gold medal in Cali 12 months ago for the event which took place in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, near Paris.

Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell clocked four minutes 18.207 seconds to qualify for Thursday’s semi-final in second place, behind Australia.

Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins finished in 4mins 18.135secs.

Britain will meet third-fastest qualifiers Canada (4:20.699) in the last four for a place in the final, which also takes place on day two.

Australia will face fourth-fastest qualifiers New Zealand (4:25.406) in the second semi-final.

Britain’s men, who were a lowly eighth in Colombia last year, were also second in qualifying to advance to the semi-finals.

Seven teams broke the four-minute barrier, with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant clocking 3:57.716, behind New Zealand, who clocked 3:56.421.

Britain will meet Germany (3:58.861) in the semi-finals, with New Zealand up against Switzerland (3:58.887).

If Britain’s men were the surprise last year, Australia were in 2015, clocking 3:58.900 to place fifth.

The defending champions can win bronze at best.

Published: Wednesday 18th February 2015 by The News Editor

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