By Martin Ayres, VeloNews correspondent
Australia smashed the world 4000 meter team pursuit record in the final of the Commonwealth Games at Manchester Thursday night. Graeme Brown, Peter Dawson, Mark Renshaw and Stephen Wooldridge clocked 3:59.483 to beat the old world mark of 3:59.710 set by Germany at Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Australia took the gold medal ahead of England, whose 4:02.665 was a national record.
“At last year’s world’s we didn’t even finish the first round because we crashed — and I caused it — so this is great,” said Renshaw. “For Australia to pitch four guys together, get them to train for three weeks in Switzerland, then to come here and ride under four minutes is just unbelievable.”