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LONDON (AFP) — Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch of Australia set a new world record in qualifying for the team sprint at the World Cup event being held at the London Olympic velodrome Friday.
The pair, the reigning world champions in the two-woman power event, clocked a time of 32.828sec to beat their own record of 32.923. Their win has qualified them for a duel for gold against Britain, second in 32.966.
China, third in 33.178, secured the race for the bronze medal against France who were fourth in 33.516. Both medal events will be held later Friday.
The women’s team sprint, held with two riders and over two laps — as opposed to three and three for the men — makes its Olympic debut in London.
1. Australia (Anna Meares, Kaarle McCulloch) 32.828sec (WR), 2. Britain
(Jess Varnish, Victoria Pendleton) 32.966, 3. China (Jinjie Gong, Shuang Guo)
33.178, 4. France (Sandie Clair, Clara Sanchez) 33.516, 5. Germany 33.554
Selected: 8. New Zealand 33.881, 10. Netherlands 34.110