Cycling: British women hold off Canada to set new team-pursuit world record

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Great Britain's women set a second world record in two rides as they won the team-pursuit final on the opening day of the Track World Cup in Manchester yesterday.

The British quartet had qualified in four minutes and 23.91 seconds to earn a final showdown with Canada.

They went even quicker, clocking 4:19.604, to win the final.

There was more good news for the hosts as Great Britain's men won team-pursuit gold with a comfortable final victory over Australia.

The British quartet were the only squad to qualify in under four minutes in the event and lived up to their billing as favourites by going faster in the final.