Olympic gold medal for Peter Kennaugh!
PETER Kennaugh helped Team GB set a new world record on their way to claiming a gold medal in the men’s team pursuit at the London 2012 Olympics this evening (Friday).
The Manx cyclist was part of a four-man group along with Ed Clancy, Gerraint Thomas and Steven Burke that were in scintillating form at the London Velodrome, breaking their own world record twice in three races.
Fellow Manxie and world road race champion Mark Cavendish was a studio guest for the BBC at the London Velodrome and rightly predicted that the quartet ‘wouldn’t just win, but would set a new world record along the way’.
The quartet were immediately into their stride in Thursday’s qualifying round as they destroyed the opposition to set a time of three minutes 52.499s, more than three seconds quicker than second-placed Australia, breaking their own record set at this year’s world championships in Melbourne along the way.
Team GB then comfortably won their knock-out clash with Denmark to set up a head-to-head gold medal contest with Australia in the final.
The race was nip and tuck in the early stages as Clancy and Aussie Jack Bobridge produced good shifts at the front in the opening laps.
However, despite Australia bringing the gap down to less than 0.2 seconds, the British quartet showed their class and pulled away to comfortably clinch gold in another new world record time of three minutes, 51.659 seconds.
More in Monday’s Isle of Man Examiner.
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