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World record for King
9:09pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
HAMBLE cycle sensation Dani King was part of the Great Britain women’s pursuit team that smashed the world record on the way to winning gold at the World Track Cup in Manchester tonight.
King, who bagged an Olympic gold medal last summer, and her teammates, fellow Olympic champions Laura Trott and Joanna Roswell, plus fourth rider Elinor Barker, set a world record in qualifying for the final as they finished their heat in four minutes 23.910 seconds to set up a final duel with Canada.
The time bettered the four minutes 26.556 set by Britain in winning the European title last month in the revised event, which previously took place over three kilometres and with three riders and now has an additional 1,000metres.
Britain won the London 2012 title over 3km with three riders and Barker took Rowsell's place in February's Track Cycling World Championships as Britain won the final world title in the discipline in its former guise.
However, the heat was to prove just a warm-up for King and her teammates as they made mincemeat of Canada in the final.
Great Britain almost lapped their opponents as they finished in a time of four minutes 19.604, with Canada coming home in four minutes 27.68.
King had a busy day as she also competed in the scratch race, qualifying in fourth in the second heat of the 30-lap (7.5km) race to progress to the final, where she finished in a highly creditable seventh – the race setting off just moments after King had competed in the women’s team pursuit.
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