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Olympics 2008: Men’s Team Sprint

They said that the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing was quick but I don’t think anyone was expecting this.

Great Britain’s men’s team sprint trio in the qualifying heat break the world record with a time of 42.950 seconds. The favourites for the Gold medal in this event France cycled in the following heat and could not match the mark set down by Team GB and were in fact a half second slower.

They set down a mark that the favourites for the gold medal France who cycled in the following heat couldn’t match and were half a second slower.

With a time of 17.19 seconds Jamie Staff cycled the fastest ever opening lap.

Edit 11.25 GMT Team GB have raced their way through to the final against France with yet another fast time but it seemed to me that they weren’t even pushing it as hard as they did in the heat. I can’t wait for the final.

Edit 12.12 GMT 43.128 seconds and Great Britain are the Olympic champions in the Men’s Team Sprint.

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