The first day of cycling in this year’s Olympics in Rio brought plenty for the British fans to cheer about. Having won seven out of the ten Olympic medals on offer on the track at London 2012, the Team GB cycling team had a tough act to follow but they made the best possible start, dominating all three events that made up Thursday night’s schedule.
Team GB started the night on top, spent the duration of the night dominant in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit and ended the night with gold in the team sprint.
The trio of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner stormed to victory beating hotly fancied New Zealand to the gold medal, giving Jason Kenny his fourth Olympic title and Team GB their fourth gold of the 2016 games. They posted an Olympic record in their qualifying round before going another tenth of a second quicker in the final.
Not to be overshadowed, the Women’s Team Pursuit team broke the world record in their qualifying round. They clocked 4:13:26 for 4000m, beating the next best time by over five seconds and qualifying for the final on Saturday night in first place.
Also asserting their authority over the rest of the world was the GB Men’s Team Pursuit quartet. Spearheaded by Sir Bradley Wiggins, they qualified for the next round in first place, managing a time of 3:51.943 just outside their own world record which they set at London 2012.
Men's Team Sprint Olympic Champions
The trio of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner were 15/1 outsiders to win the gold. How wrong the bookmakers were once again!
Jason Kenny - Four time Olympic Champion
This gold adds to the two golds he won in London 2012 and to the gold in Beijing 2008. He could yet add to his tally with medal chances in the keirin and the individual sprint.
Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying
The team comprised of Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker broke the world record in qualifying first for the next round.
Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
The men’s team of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins also cruised through to the next round of the Team Pursuit, clocking a time just three tenths of a second off the world record.