Olympic cycling: Britain take men’s sprint gold

August 3rd, 2012 - 1:32 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Britain won gold at the velodrome in world record time Thursday, beating France in the men’s team sprint final.

Britain’s Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day, and beating France’s Gregory Bauge, Michael d’Almeida and Kevin Sireau by 0.413 seconds.

With the win, Hoy picked up his fifth Olympic gold and sixth overall, and secured a place in history for winning medals at four consecutive Olympics.

Germany’s team of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Maximilian Levy won the bronze medal, edging out Australia’s Matthew Clatezer, Shane Perkins and Scott Sunderland.

The Germans won the bronze medal match in a time of 43.209 seconds, with the Australians 0.146 seconds behind.

The women’s team sprint earlier saw controversy when Germany took the gold after their Chinese opponents’ winning performance in the final was disallowed for an illegal changeover.

The same fault had previously seen the British team disqualified, allowing the Germans to take the hosts’ place in the final. Australia took bronze, beating Ukraine.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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