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29th Olympic Games - JO
Beijing, China, August 9-23, 2008
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Event 24 - August 17: Men's 4000m Team Pursuit First Round
Great Britain sets new World record
By Rob Jones in Beijing
In qualifying, Great Britain and New Zealand were the only teams to go under four minutes. But when it came to the first round, with the fastest two going on to race for gold, third and fourth to go for bronze and the rest to go home, the speeds picked up dramatically.
All four teams that moved on to the medal round caught their opponents. Great Britain smashed the world record of 3:56.322, which they set at the world championships in March, by over a second - 3:55.205 . Denmark qualified second at 3:56.831, followed by New Zealand (3:57.536) and Australia (3:58.633), the defending Olympic champions.
Great Britain has said that they will not talk to the media until after the gold medal ride, however, Denmark has all but conceded the title.
"We were very nervous," said Danish team member Michael Moerkoev. "Because New Zealand was our biggest competition [for silver]. Great Britain is far away, way ahead."
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Heat 1 1 Denmark 3.56.831 (60.802 km/h) Michael Moerkoev Casper Joergensen Jens-Erik Madsen Alex Nicki Rasmussen DSQ France Damien Gaudin Matthieu Ladagnous Christophe Riblon Nicolas Rousseau Heat 2 1 Australia 3.58.633 (60.343 km/h) Jack Bobridge Graeme Brown Mark Jamieson Bradley McGee caught Netherlands Levi Heimans Jens Mouris Robert Slippens Wim Stroetinga Heat 3 1 New Zealand 3.57.536 (60.622 km/h) Sam Bewley Hayden Roulston Marc Ryan Jesse Sergent caught Spain Sergi Escobar Asier Maeztu David Muntaner Antonio Miguel Parra Heat 4 1 Great Britain 3.55.202 (3:55.202 km/h) Ed Clancy Paul Manning Geraint Thomas Bradley Wiggins caught Russian Fed. Evgeny Kovalev Alexei Markov Alexander Petrovskiy Alexander Serov