Women's Team Sprint - UCI World Cup, London

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17th-19th February 2012
London, UK



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World Record for Varnish/Pendleton


World Record for Varnish/Pendleton

17th February 2012: Earlier in the day three time world champion team sprint duo Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set the first world record on the new Olympic track riding a time of 32.828 in qualifying to eclipse their own record of 32.923 set at the Copenhagen world titles in 2010. That put them through to a gold medal showdown with Jessica Varnish and Victoria Pendleton after the British pair clocked 32.966 in their heat.

"This is the best possible outcome we could hope for," said Meares after the qualifying session. "An Australian-British final is the closest thing to what will happen at the Olympic Games in terms of the atmosphere, so win or lose we will get a lot out of this."

The crowd for the afternoon session was loud but the night finals were raced in front of a packed stadium of predominantly British fans and they were there to make some noise.

Starting in the home straight Meares led out from the gate for the first lap to put the Australians ahead with 250m to go and McCulloch was also on pace. But Varnish was quicker than in qualifying and Pendleton delivered a sizzling final surge to reel in the deficit and stop the clock in a world record time of 13.962 shaving 74-thousandths of a second off the Australian's mark and claiming gold by a margin of almost two-tenths of a second.

"At the end of the day it's about Anna and I putting the best performance we can out on the track and we did that tonight," said McCulloch after the medal ceremony where the pair were presented with silver for the first time since 2009. "But you know what? This is only a stepping stone for us. We'll be better at the worlds and we'll be better in London, you can bet your bottom dollar on it."

"It's bitter sweet for us we didn't take the gold, we would have loved to have won," said Meares. "They've got the world record and that's very impressive but I expect they will improve and we will all improve so it's shaping up to be an interesting Olympics.

"We had the best possible situation of racing the British in the final in front of an extremely loud and vocal British crowd and that experience, you can't pay for that, you can't simulate that, you can't get that anywhere else, and I think that we are going to be a great deal better off for having experienced that tonight."

Meares, when asked about the impact of the 'wall of noise' generated by the parochial British fans, quipped with a grin, "I thought they were cheering for us, they are loud in any helmet."

Women's Team Sprint - UCI World Cup, London Results

1. Great Britain - 32.754s - World Record
2. Australia - 32.945s
3. China - 33.060s
4. ≠France - 33.433s

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