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Sir Chris Hoy helps Great Britain team sprint cyclists to gold and a world record

 
 
 
 
 
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Great Britain's cyclists have this afternoon set a new world record after claiming gold the team sprint event at the London 2012 Olympics.

Sir Chris Hoy (above), Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won with a new benchmark time of 42.6 seconds.

The trio broke a record they had set just half an hour earlier in qualifying of 42.747 seconds.

The victory also means Hoy becomes the most successful track cyclist in Olympic history, winning his 5th gold medal having now appeared at four consecutive Games.

Earlier, Hoy's GB teammates Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh set a new world record for the Men's cycling pursuit after finishing in a time of three minutes 52.499 seconds over 4,000 metres during their qualifying session.

This beat a record they had initially set in April by 0.796 seconds.

The velodrome was also the venue for a new fastest time for women's team sprint with Chinese duo Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang clocking up a time of 32.422 seconds for the 500m (unpaced, standing start).

Click here for a full list of world reords broken so far at London 2012

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