Cycling news - Denmark smash world record to win men's Team Pursuit at Track World Championships
Denmark broke the world record for the third time in two days as they powered to victory in the men’s Team Pursuit at the World Track Championships on Thursday.
Denmark's Julius Johansen (L) and his teammates celebrate Gold and a new World Record in the men's Team Pursuit Finals at the UCI track cycling World Championship at the velodrome in Berlin on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD
That was just the warm-up act, however, as the Danes went even quicker on Thursday at the Berlin velodrome, lowering the record by another 1.5 seconds with a time of 3:44.672.
To put their exploits in Berlin into perspective, Great Britain's gold-medal winning time at the Rio Games four years ago was 3:50.265, almost six seconds slower.
"They have pushed the bar through the roof," New Zealand's silver medallist Aaron Gate said. "Massive hats off to the Danes, they were in another league."
There was no world record in the women's final as the United States, powered by Chloe Dygert, beat Britain to gold.
Britain's four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny made a surprising appearance in the first round, having said she would skip team pursuit as she recovers from a broken shoulder.
USA beat GB in women's Team Pursuit final
Kenny sat out the final though and the American quartet of Dygert, Jennifer Valente, Emma White and Lily Williams were too strong as they reclaimed the title they won from 2016 to 2018.
While the Danes left the Berlin crowd in awe, the Dutch continued their great start to the championships as Harrie Lavreysen followed up his gold in the men's team sprint to win the keirin, edging out Japan's Yuta Wakimoto who took silver.
In the men's scratch race, GB's Matt Walls missed out on a medal as he finished fourth.
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