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29th Olympic Games - JO
Beijing, China, August 9-23, 2008
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Event 5 - August 15: Men's Team Sprint Qualifying, Round 1
Brits smash world record
By Laura Weislo
The team from Great Britain shattered the world record in the men's team sprint qualifying round, becoming the first squad ever to break the 43 second barrier for the three-lap race. Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny put in the fastest two opening laps ever recorded, going 17.198 and 12.555, respectively, setting such a blistering pace that anchorman Chris Hoy had to struggle to hold the wheel of Kenny before taking over for his solo lap. But the last Olympic kilometre time trial champion regained his composure and sealed the sub-43 time with a 13.197 lap.
France, the hot favourite coming into the Olympic Games, was more than a half second behind with a 43.541, while Germany was a surprise third. The defending Olympic champions hadn't shown well in the past few seasons, but hit their stride in Beijing to slip under the Dutch squad with a 44.197.
Australia faltered in the qualifying round, coming fifth, but came good on the first round to beat the Dutch with a 44.090. Their time was strong enough to put them into the bronze medal final with Germany. France subbed out Kevin Sireau for Mickaël Bourgain, but still could not challenge the British, yet still managed to hold off the resurgent Germans to enter the gold medal final by four tenths of a second. The Brits flirted with the 43 second barrier for the second time, but Staff had lost a bit of his snap on the lead lap, and they came in with a 43.034.
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1 Great Britain 42.950 (62.863km/h) Chris Hoy Jason Kenny Jamie Staff 2 France 43.541 Gregory Bauge Kevin Sireau Arnaud Tournant 3 Germany 44.197 Rene Enders Maximilian Levy Stefan Nimke 4 Netherlands 44.213 Theo Bos Teun Mulder Tim Veldt 5 Australia 44.335 Daniel Ellis Mark French Shane Kelly 6 Japan 44.454 Kiyofumi Nagai Tomohiro Nagatsuka Kazunari Watanabe 7 Malaysia 44.725 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang Josiah Ng Mohd Rizal Tisin 8 United States 45.346 Michael Blatchford Adam Duvendeck Giddeon Massie 9 China 45.556 Yong Feng Wenhao Li Lei Zhang 10 Greece 45.645 Athanasios Mantzouranis Vasileios Reppas Panagiotis Voukelatos 11 Czech Republic 45.678 Tomas Babek Adam Ptacnik Denis Spicka 12 Russian Fed 45.964 Sergey Polynskiy Denis Dmitriev Sergey Kucherov 13 Poland 45.266 Maciej Bielecki Kamil Kuczynski Lukasz Kwiatkowski
Heat 1 1 Australia 0.44.090 (61.236 km/h) Ryan Bayley Daniel Ellis Mark French 2 Netherlands 0.44.212 Theo Bos Teun Mulder Tim Veldt Heat 2 1 Germany 0.43.699 (61.786 km/h) Rene Enders Maximilian Levy Stefan Nimke 2 Japan 0.44.437 Kiyofumi Nagai Tomohiro Nagatsuka Kazunari Watanabe Heat 3 1 France 0.43.656 (61.847 km/h) Gregory Bauge Mickael Bourgain Kevin Sireau 2 Malaysia 0.44.822 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang Josiah Ng Mohd Rizal Tisin Heat 4 1 Great Britain 0.43.034 (62.741 km/h) Chris Hoy Jason Kenny Jamie Staff 2 United States 0.45.423 Michael Blatchford Adam Duvendeck Giddeon Massie