Tokyo Olympics: Team GB keep gold medal hopes in men’s team pursuit alive as Australia suffer crash

Tokyo Olympics: Team GB keep gold medal hopes in men’s team pursuit alive as Australia suffer crash


Team GB keep their gold medal hopes in the men’s biking team pursuit alive after Australia suffered a horror crash following a handlebar failure… however world champions Denmark set the tempo with an Olympic file time

Team GB are nonetheless in with an opportunity of securing a gold medal in the men’s team pursuit after ending fourth in qualifying.

The quartet of Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon recorded a time of three:47.507, which is a British file, however they have been two and a half seconds behind world champions Denmark, who completed in high spot with a time of three:45.014.

With Italy in second and New Zealand in third, Britain took the fourth qualifying spot however they have been made to attend for affirmation of their development.

Team GB are still in with a chance of a gold medal in the men's Team Pursuit after finishing fourth in qualifying

Team GB are nonetheless in with an opportunity of a gold medal in the men’s Team Pursuit after ending fourth in qualifying

Australia’s Alex Porter dramtically fell off his bike in their first run following a handlebar failure

Australia got the chance to race once more after Alex Porter dramatically fell off his bike as a result of a handlebar failure earlier than Britain’s journey.

The Aussies needed to wait till the tip of the Women’s Team Sprint last to finish their second try, however their time of three:48.448 was not sufficient to overtake the Brits. 

Team GB will now race towards Denmark, with the winner going via to the gold medal race to face the winner of Italy v New Zealand. 

Australia got an opportunity to journey once more however have been unable to match Bitain’s time

Clancy, a part of all three of Britain’s gold-medal profitable squads since Beijing, insisted his team might have gone quicker, blaming himself for issues getting ragged in direction of the tip of their run.

‘Three forty-seven is all proper however now we have achieved that in coaching in our conventional holding camp,’ he stated.

‘So in the 15-20 seconds that we have had from getting off the monitor to coming right here in our fast debrief, we weren’t in the place we have been hoping to be there. This monitor is fast. It’s at a little bit of altitude however not sufficient to have an effect on our bodily efficiency a lot.

The British quartet of Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon recorded a time of 3:47.507, which is a British record

The British quartet of Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Ethan Vernon recorded a time of three:47.507, which is a British file

‘We have been absolutely ready for 4 or 5 groups to interrupt the world file. If something, I’m stunned extra groups weren’t going faster together with ourselves, so maybe situations weren’t what we have been anticipating.

‘I misplaced Ethan’s wheel. Someone has bought to go full distance and somebody has bought to begin as effectively. If you seen, I did a begin, it was fairly a brief begin and a really quick second flip, however the energy in the wheels nowadays – it is method above threshold.

‘There isn’t any recovering on the wheels after which sprinting in the entrance. It’s simply dash in entrance. We prepare for these things and we practise it. It’s a bit like a home of playing cards, as quickly as one factor falls down, all of it collapses in. We form of held it collectively nearly.’

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