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Cycling: British women extend team pursuit reign

Published on Feb 28, 2014 2:41 PM

CALI (Colombia) (AFP) - Britain retained their women's team pursuit world crown on Thursday, rallying to vanquish Canada to claim their first gold of the 2014 track cycling world championships.

Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell - members of the team who won Olympic gold before home fans in London in 2012 - Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald triumphed in 4min 23.407sec in the 4km race.

They had qualified fastest by two seconds in blustery conditions earlier in the day, but it was Canada who seized the initiative in the final, opening up a lead of 1.10sec at the halfway stage before Britain stormed back, gaining control over the final 750m to beat Canada's Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, Allison Beveridge and Stephanie Roorda by 1.29sec.

Australia (Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins, Isabella King) took bronze, catching the Poland squad with around a kilometre to go in the race for third place.

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