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Track World Cup nightmare for Jason Kenny

Kenny crashes spectacularly as hosts' Track World Cup campaign falters

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 18 November 2012

Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny crashed at high speed on day two of the Track World Cup in Glasgow as the hosts missed out on gold on another eventful day at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Jess Varnish and Becky James, who combined to win team sprint gold on day one, won individual sprint silver and bronze, respectively, but Kenny's bid for the keirin title ended when he hit the Siberian pine at 75 kilometres per hour.

The 24-year-old from Bolton was able to ride around to show there was no significant damage and is scheduled to compete in the sprint on Sunday.

Taking a tumble: Home favourite Jason Kenny crashed out of the keirin final

Taking a tumble: Home favourite Jason Kenny crashed out of the keirin final

Taking a tumble: Home favourite Jason Kenny crashed out of the keirin final

British Cycling sprint coach Iain Dyer said: 'He looks a bit second hand and he feels a little bit second hand. Nothing's broken. He's taken a lot of skin off. That skinsuit's already in the bin.'

The Olympic sprint champion was supreme in the early rounds, but had to wait for his chance in the final due to a temperamental motor-paced Derny bike.

When the race did get under way at the third attempt, Kenny was well positioned with one lap to go and was making his move on the back straight when he lost his balance and tumbled to the track.

Kenny took Quentin Lafargue with him and both riders were quickly on their feet nursing skin abrasions, with the Frenchman undergoing assessment by medical staff.

Stefan Boetticher of Germany avoided the incident to win ahead of Peter Lewis (Jayco) and Takashi Sakamoto (Japan).

Dyer added: 'He (Kenny) got caught in a bit of a drag race with Stefan Boetticher, the German guy, which he didn't really want to take on at that point on the race.

'He was looking for the wheel, looking to get into the slipstream again and he was keeping an eye on Lafargue behind him.

'I think both Boetticher and Jason were looking behind at exactly the same time, both moved in the same direction and Jason never saw it coming, he just smelt it and heard it.'

Partisan crowd: Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James went against each other in sprint semi-final

Partisan crowd: Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James went against each other in sprint semi-final

Partisan crowd: Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James went against each other in sprint semi-final

Kenny was not the only Briton to crash out of the keirin.

Lewis Oliva, competing for Wales-Team USN, crashed on the final corner of his semi-final heat and was taken away on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with mild concussion and will be monitored by team medical staff overnight.

There was a happier conclusion to the day for Varnish.

The 21-year-old focused on the specialist starting role for the team sprint for the Olympics, but her 2012 Games ended in disappointed following a takeover infringement.

Following the retirement of Victoria Pendleton, Varnish is diversifying and riding all four sprint events in Glasgow.

She qualified second fastest and negotiated the early rounds successfully before edging to a 2-1 semi-final win over James.

Varnish was then beaten 2-0 by Kristina Vogel of Germany in the final.

'It was good,' Varnish said. 'It's nice to be actually in a final. I just want to be able to step it up another level now. I'm not in the best shape, so I've not played all my cards.

'It's really nice to gain experience at the moment and build on to the worlds (in Minsk in February).'

James, who like Varnish is to ride the keirin on the final day, responded from her semi-final defeat to beat Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze in the ride-off for bronze.

The 20-year-old Commonwealth medallist said: 'It's been such a hard day, getting three rides up against Jess was really tough and then missing out on the gold/silver ride-off was hard.

'I had to get my head round it and I did not want to come away with no medal, so I'm really happy.'

Jonathan Dibben placed fifth in the men's omnium as Germany's Lucas Liss won by one point from world champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia.

Dibben was third in the final event, the one-kilometre time-trial, which Liss won to secure gold.

The men's individual pursuit was won by Denmark's Lasse Hansen in four minutes 20.875 seconds, with Ireland's Martyn Irvine second in 4mins 22.745secs, a significant personal best.

Olympic and world champion Laura Trott was in fourth place at the halfway stage of the women's omnium.

The 20-year-old was fourth in the flying lap, ninth in the points race and won the elimination race, an event she appears to have mastered.

Australia's Ashlee Ankudinoff was in first place, but just a point better off than Trott with three events to go.

London 2012 Olympics: Victoria Pendleton on course for triple crown

Queen Victoria on track for triple crown as more gold beckons for Team GB

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 6 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Four years ago in Beijing with a gold medal hanging around her neck, Victoria Pendleton cast a curiously envious glance over at Sir Chris Hoy – then just plain old Chris – as he surged to a third Olympic title in the same Olympiad.

An imbalance in the track cycling programme at the Laoshan Velodrome meant that only one shot at glory was offered to the women sprinters, while the men had three. Instead of sewing a golden thread through the track programme, Pendleton had shone brightly just once.

Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon and the 31-year-old has ridden on all but one day of the six-day programme in London and taken centre stage each time. Her astonishing burst of acceleration has carried her to one gold, denied her another by overtaking team-mate Jess Varnish a fraction early to earn a disqualification and, at tea-time on Tuesday night, ought to win her a last golden chariot upon which to ride into retirement.

Queen Victoria: Pendleton goes for a third gold medal on Tuesday

Queen Victoria: Pendleton goes for a third gold medal on Tuesday

In defeating Olga Panarina of Belarus with bursts of speed which appeared to be in inverse proportion to the effort she exerted, Pendleton cruised into the final four of the women’s individual sprint. She was not even trying, was she For everyone else, including longtime rival Anna Meares of Australia and China’s Guo Shuang – the only girls who can logically come even close to her – it looked like hard work.

That may be the case for Pendleton in retirement should she decide to swap spokes for stilettos and accept an invitation from the BBC to take part in a forthcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing but Olympic matters look utterly straightforward for her.

Logic dictates that Britain’s queen of the Velodrome will not lose her pace overnight, so unless she crashes or impedes her opponents, beginning with Kristina Vogel of Germany in the semi-final, a third gold medal will be hers. Who knows how many she would have had if the programme had permitted it in Beijing. She may not be plain old Vicky for long.

Golden girl: Pendleton shows off her medal after winning the keirin last week

Golden girl: Pendleton shows off her medal after winning the keirin last week

Pole position: Young star Laura Trott

Pole position: Young star Laura Trott

At the other end of the age scale, Laura Trott is on course to become a double Olympic champion at the ridiculously tender age of 20. Fresh-faced she may be – and a blonde, not the brunette we have seen before – yet the girl from Essex rode with such maturity in the opening three disciplines of the women’s omnium to suggest that Tuesday’s final three events – the 3,000m pursuit, the scratch race and a 500m time trial – could see her add a solo gold medal to that won in the women’s team pursuit.

It is all becoming bewilderingly straightforward that there appears to be no outcome possible other than British gold in practically every event. Trott leads the omnium standings overnight, level on points with Sarah Hammer of the USA but ahead by virtue of having a faster aggregate time in the disciplines which are against the clock.

Her flying 250m lap was completed at a dizzying average speed of 40mph while her ability to spot every crisis point in the elimination race, in which the last rider across the line every second lap is called out, thrilled the 6,000 spectators.

They will expect to salute three more Olympic titles when the Velodrome opens for the final time on Tuesday, with Sir Chris Hoy’s tilt at Olympic immortality in the men’s keirin. Victory would surpass Sir Steve Redgrave’s five golds – a record for a Briton – although what further accolades are open to Hoy, who already possesses a knighthood and the hearts of a nation, is a mystery.

London 2012 Olympics Cycling: Jess Varnish vows to bounce back after heartache

I'll be back: Heartbroken Varnish vows to return stronger after Olympic dream dies

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17:50 GMT, 3 August 2012

A 'completely devastated' Jess Varnish vowed to bounce back from her Olympic heartache in time after being denied the chance to ride for gold on the opening night of action at the London 2012 Velodrome.

A takeover infringement saw Varnish and Victoria Pendleton relegated from the two-woman, two-lap team sprint, just after they believed they had advanced to the gold medal race with China, who in turn were denied victory for a similar incident in the final as Germany triumphed.

The elimination ended Varnish's Olympics, with Pendleton competing in the two individual disciplines, and the 21-year-old from Bromsgrove believes she will need to speak to British Cycling sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for some time to come.

Hard to take: Jess Varnish hugs Victoria Pendleton after they were relegated from the team sprint first round

Hard to take: Jess Varnish hugs Victoria Pendleton after they were relegated from the team sprint first round

She said: 'It's going to take me a long time to grieve over it and I am completely heartbroken.

'But I've got to look ahead. We did our best and that's all we can do. A minute mistake cost us.

'We broke the record and it was just one of those things.

Going well: Varnish (front) and Pendleton compete in the Velodrome

Going well: Varnish (front) and Pendleton compete in the Velodrome

'I focused completely on that lap – it was the only way I saw myself getting here, the 2012 Olympics in my home country.

'I didn't come away with a medal, but I did my very best. I got here and I'm proud of that.
'I'm sure I'll be speaking to him (Peters) for a long time. It's not going to be easy to get over it, but there's a lot more to life.'

The distraught British pair returned to the Olympic Village last night and discussed the incident before Pendleton, who is set to retire after London 2012, refocused on the keirin and individual sprint, which begins on Sunday.

Relegated: The British pair won their semi-final but broke the takeover rules when Pendleton overlapped Varnish's wheel too early

Relegated: The British pair won their semi-final but broke the takeover rules when Pendleton overlapped Varnish's wheel too early

Varnish added: 'We discussed it. We were both completely gutted for one another.

'Now I've got to be there for Vicky and support her. She's got to go out with a bang and I believe she's going to – she's in fantastic form.

'She was very upset as well because we were riding very well yesterday.'

All over: Varnish reacts as she sees her Olympic dream vanish

All over: Varnish reacts as she sees her Olympic dream vanish

Pendleton predicted Varnish will recover from the setback in time for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Varnish added: 'I feel really excited about being able to focus on my individual events. I believe I can be an all right sprinter and I'm looking forward to focusing on it properly.'

London 2012 Olympics: Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish disqualified from sprint final

From new world record to disqualification! Joy to despair for Pendleton and Varnish

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16:23 GMT, 2 August 2012

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Great Britain's Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton missed out on a ride-off for Olympic gold after being relegated by officials for a takeover infringement on an eventful opening evening of track action at the London 2012 velodrome.

Varnish and Pendleton had set a world record in the two-woman, two-lap event in qualifying, seeing the mark broken moments later by China.

The Britons set the second fastest time in the first round and were due to advance to the final against China, who set another world record, but officials ruled against them.

Pendleton was set to resume competition in the keirin on Friday, but for Varnish, who has focused on the starting lap in the event, the Games are over.

Speedsters: Victoria Pendleton (left) and Jess Varnish in the team sprint qualifying

Speedsters: Victoria Pendleton (left) and Jess Varnish in the team sprint qualifying

It meant Germany were promoted to the final against China, with Australia and Holland to contest bronze.
Pendleton told the BBC: 'It wasn't my fault and it wasn't Jess's fault. It's one of those things that happen. Rubbish things happen sometimes and this is one of them.'

The eight fastest teams advanced to the first round, with Varnish and Pendleton clocking 32.526 seconds to better the time Germany set in winning Track Cycling World Championships gold in Melbourne in April.

But China's Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang went faster still in the fifth and final heat, clocking 32.447secs.

German duo Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte were third fastest in 32.630, with Australia's Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch fourth quickest in 32.825.

The four fastest teams from the first round were set to go through to the medal rounds in an event which was wide open.

Lap it up: Great British rider Victoria Pendleton waves to the crowd at the Velodrome

Lap it up: Great British rider Victoria Pendleton waves to the crowd at the Velodrome

Varnish and Pendleton set the world record in February's Track World Cup in London, but finished fourth at the World Championships in an event which is new to the Olympic programme.

Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy entered the corresponding men's event as defending champions and teamed up with 19-year-old German-born Philip Hindes.

Hindes had a disastrous start to his Olympic career in the fifth and final heat against Germany.

Round and round: Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were two of the main attractions in the Velodrome on Thursday

Round and round: Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were two of the main attractions in the Velodrome on Thursday

The teenager wobbled out of the start gate and lost control of his bike before tumbling to the track at the beginning of the first bend as team-mates Kenny and Hoy rolled past him.

Britain were poised to get a second opportunity but it was an unsettling start. The hosts' rivals had already thrown down the gauntlet.

Russia trio Sergey Borisov, Denis Dmitriev and Sergey Kucherov clocked 43.681 in the third heat, quicker than the Olympic-winning mark in Beijing.

France trio Gregory Bauge, Michael D'Almeida and Kevin Sireau went quicker, lowering the Olympic record to 43.097.

Wheels came off: Philip Hindes took a tumble at the start of qualifying but picked himself up

Wheels came off: Philip Hindes took a tumble at the start of qualifying but picked himself up

London Olympics 2012: Victoria Pendleton plans golden finale

No secret as Pendleton plans golden finale by saying farewell in style

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21:00 GMT, 1 August 2012

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The medals factory, otherwise known as the Velodrome, opens for business with Britain’s sprint queen Victoria Pendleton admitting that she has had to conquer the fear that a home Olympics would suffocate her.

The 31-year-old, who retires after these Games, was unsure that she could cope with the expectation that comes with being a British cyclist these days. In the eyes of a public who have become drunk on the success of our men and women pedalling faster than the rest of the world in recent years, Pendleton felt the burden more than most. Until the calendar flicked over to 2012, that is.

Pendleton said: ‘It is strange because if you had asked me a year ago how I was feeling about a home Olympics when I was having a particularly bad year in 2011 with injury, I honestly felt like the Olympics was almost too big to deal with.

In the driving seat: Victoria Pendleton is plotting another gold medal performance

In the driving seat: Victoria Pendleton is plotting another gold medal performance

Women's schedule

SPRINT: Victoria Pendleton.
Medal chance — Gold, by a wheel rim.
Main rival — Anna Meares (Australia).
Sun: Qualifying 10.58am. Mon: Qtr-finals
4.43pm. Tues: Semi-finals 4.0, Final 5.26.
TEAM SPRINT: Jessica Varnish, Pendleton.
Medal chance — Silver.
Main rival — Australia.
Thursday: Qual 4pm, medal event 5.50.
KEIRIN: Pendleton.
Medal chance — Any would be good.
Main rival — Guo Shuang (China).
Friday: 1st rnd 4pm, medal event 6.38.
TEAM PURSUIT: Dani King, Joanna
Rowsell, Laura Trott, Wendy Houvenaghel.
Medal chance — Gold.
Main rival — Australia.
Friday: Qual 4.56pm. Sat: Medal event 5.42.
OMNIUM: Trott.
Medal chance — Silver, possibly gold.
Main rival — Tara Whitten (Canada).
Mon: Flying lap 4.08pm. Tues: Final time
trial 4.53.

‘It was like trying to climb Everest.
But as I’ve got closer and my form has started to pick up, it feels like
the whole thing is getting more manageable. Obviously there is a huge
pressure but I can’t wait to get out there and do it.’

Pendleton claimed gold in the women’s sprint in Beijing. Four years on, she has a chance of three medals in her final event before retirement, although realistic hope should be placed on a gold in her favourite individual sprint and a silver alongside Jessica Varnish in the women’s team sprint, which opens the track cycling programme this afternoon.

It will be the 31-year-old’s chance to emulate her Beijing peak in form and convince those who have doubted her in the intervening four years.

She added: ‘It’s hard because, in spite of my efforts to explain what I was up to in terms of a two-year plan, people have kept asking me after races, “Oh, gosh, that’s a shame. What went wrong there” And I was thinking, “Has anyone been listening to me” So I would go through it again. I know from experience that if I try to peak at too many stages throughout the year then I can’t really bring anything more at the end.

Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott seal world record

British trio set up duel with Australia after smashing world record

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06:56 GMT, 5 April 2012

Great Britain's Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott set a world record in the three kilometre team pursuit to advance as fastest qualifiers on day two of the Track Cycling World Championships at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne.

Britain watched on as Australia's Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic, the 10th of 14 teams to ride, lowered the world record to three minutes 17.053 seconds.

It was more than a second quicker than the time Britain set in February. But Rowsell, King and Trott went faster still to finish in 3mins 16.850secs and set up another team pursuit duel between the World Championship hosts and the London Olympics hosts.

At the double: Pendleton (left) and Varnish have progressed to the first knockout round

At the double: Pendleton (left) and Varnish have progressed to the first knockout round

Britain's men won the 4km bout in a
world record on the opening day. The race for bronze will take place
between Canada, whose trio of Tara Whitten, Jasmin Glaesser and Gillian
Carleton clocked 3:19.494, and New Zealand's Lauren Ellis, Jaime Nielson
and Alison Shanks (3:20.598).

Meanwhile, Great Britain's Victoria
Pendleton and Jess Varnish have safely advanced to the first knockout
round of the women's sprint on day two of the Track Cycling World
Championships – as Australia's Anna Meares broke the world record at the
Hisense Arena in Melbourne.

Olympic champion Pendleton clocked
11.076 seconds to place fifth as defending champion Meares finished in
10.782secs, surpassing the previous world record by 0.011secs.

Centre of attention: Home favourite Meares delighted the Melbourne crowd

Centre of attention: Home favourite Meares delighted the Melbourne crowd

Varnish was eighth quickest in 11.090 in the flying lap, which seeds the 24 riders who qualify for the first knockout round.

Meares beat Colombia's Juliana
Gaviria comfortably in her head-to-head bout to progress to the third
round. Pendleton met Yvonne Hijgenaar of Holland and edged through by a
wheel length.

Varnish was up against Junhong Lin of China. The race was restarted after a Junhong track stand – where riders hold a stationary position – unsettled Varnish, who grabbed onto the rail running around the periphery of the track.

At the second attempt, Varnish led out but was overhauled by her rival in the finishing straight and eliminated from the competition.

London 2012 Olympics Watch: Pendleton"s gold Varnish

London 2012 Olympics Watch: Pendleton's gold Varnish

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22:15 GMT, 1 April 2012

Victoria Pendleton's team-sprint
partner Jess Varnish has pledged to aid the 31-year-old's bid for triple
Olympic gold this summer.

Pendleton won the only title
available to her at the 2008 Olympics, but a change to the programme
means she can go for three medals in London.

Medal hopes: Varnish (left) and Pendleton going for cycling gold

Medal hopes: Varnish (left) and Pendleton going for cycling gold

'I want to do the best job for the team and that is for Vicky,' Varnish said ahead of the Track Cycling World Championships which start on Wednesday in Melbourne.

'Hopefully I'll be up to it.'

Hopes are high as the pair set a world record of 32.754 seconds in the two-woman, two-lap team sprint in February.

'It's slightly daunting when people say, “Jess has got so much potential” because you want to live up to it,' Varnish added.

Sportsmale runs for charity

The Olympic Stadium was handed over to charities on Sunday with hundreds of fun runners given the chance to race on the track Usain Bolt and Co will seek gold on this summer.

Life in the fast lane: Alex Kay

Life in the fast lane: Alex Kay

Among them, running for the children's charity the Rainbow Trust, was Sportsmail's Alex Kay.

But his 100 metres race did not end in glory as he finished third in 14.05sec. No Team GB place, then.

Gallant effort: Kay finished third

Gallant effort: Kay finished third

White in GB volleyball squad

British Volleyball programme administrator Neil White has quit his role to try and win a place in coach Harry Brokking's Olympics squad.

White has been added to the 16-man squad Brokking named on Friday.

He caught the Dutch tactician's eye while playing domestically for Sheffield and was added to the party as an extra libero – offering support to regular starter, Dan Hunter.

London Olympics 2012: Victoria Pendleton sees wheels come off the joy ride

Wheels come off the joy ride for cycling star Pendleton

British cycling star Victoria
Pendleton was condemned to World Cup defeat by bitter Australian rival
Anna Meares at London's Olympic Velodrome on Saturday.

Pendleton was left to compete for the
bronze medal in the women's sprint after the 28-year-old Aussie won
their much-anticipated semi-final.

Off the pace: Pendleton loses to rival Meares

Off the pace: Pendleton loses to rival Meares

While this will be perceived as a rehearsal for this summer's Olympics, Pendleton always insisted she would not be in peak condition for this World Cup meeting. Her intention has been to peak in August, when Olympic medals rather than pride will be on the line.

The first race in the best-ofthree showdown was run on the Australian's terms. She led from the start, set the pace and, with her eyes trained on Pendleton over one shoulder then the other, Meares always had control.

On lap two of the three-lap race, Pendleton rode higher up the banking on the back straight to gain momentum. Meares easily covered the move by increasing her pace.

As the Aussie began the last lap ahead, the crowd roared their support for reigning Olympic champion Pendleton, who had won the team sprint gold with Jess Varnish in a new world record 24 hours earlier. But this time they could not propel her to victory as Meares held on comfortably.

The drama was not over, however. Pendleton adopted a totally different approach in the second race, coming almost to a standstill at the top of the banking on the first lap.

Wait for it: Pendleton and Meares prepare to ride

Wait for it: Pendleton and Meares prepare to ride

World champion Meares held a line behind her before dashing into the lead and stretching it at the bell. But Pendleton counterattacked ferociously to cross the line half a wheel ahead.

Meares won a compelling decider. Pendleton's dislike for Meares can be traced to a race when, by the Australian's own admission, she deliberatel y rode into the Briton in Bordeaux.

Pendleton has never forgiven or forgotten the night more than five years ago.

This year they could dispute three Olympic golds. Each woman is an Olympic champion, each has multiple world titles and Pendleton is engaged to Australian Scott Gardner, who is an old friend of Meares from his days as a sports scientist with the Australian team. But Pendleton and Meares are intelligent, charming and humorous while unwilling to yield an inch.

Meares knew competing in London would give Pendleton a huge advantage.

'There is nothing like competing in front of a home crowd,' she said. 'With these helmets you can barely hear anything but, when I have competed in Manchester, there's always one voice that pierces the helmet and what you hear is, “Go home you Aussie!”'

She tells the story with a smile. The Aussie rivalry with the Poms in this London Olympic year will be more intense than ever.

'I totally expect I will cop some flak,' said Meares. 'It's been a great opportunity to get a ride on the track before the Olympics. I want to walk away with an image I can replay in my mind so I am not overwhelmed by it on the day.'

London 2012 Olympics: Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish reach team sprint final

Pendleton and Varnish aiming for gold in team sprint final after breaking British record

Great Britain's women upstaged the men in team sprint qualifying today and will ride for gold on the second evening of the Track World Cup in London.

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish advanced to Friday's final as second-fastest qualifiers and made a new British record, with world champions Australia setting the first world record at London's Olympic Velodrome.

In the men's event, Olympic champions Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny combined with Ross Edgar to clock 43.876 seconds and place fourth, enough to advance to the race for bronze, where they will face Australia.

Progress: Britain's Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton

Progress: Britain's Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton

France – stripped of their world
title for Gregory Bauge's anti-doping violation – clocked 43.606secs to
qualify fastest, with Bauge combining with Mickael D'Almeida and Kevin
Sireau.

Germany's Rene Enders, Robert
Forstemann and Maximilian Levy, awarded the world gold after France's
relegation, were second fastest in 43.650.

Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, Shane
Perkins and Scott Sunderland clocked 43.869 to qualify third fastest and
set up a meeting with Britain.

In the women's event, Australia's
Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares – the clear favourites for Olympic gold
– combined to better their own mark from the 2010 Track Cycling World
Championships, clocking 32.828 in the two-lap event.

Bronze final: Sir Chris Hoy and co. finished fourth and will face Australia

Bronze final: Sir Chris Hoy and co. finished fourth and will face Australia

Success: Varnish and Pendleton broke a British record

Success: Varnish and Pendleton broke a British record

Varnish and Pendleton showed their
continual improvement by becoming the second team to dip below 33
seconds, clocking a British record of 32.966 to progress to the gold medal ride-off. The battle for third will be contested by China and
France.

Meanwhile, Dani King was set to replace Wendy Houvenaghel in the British squad for this evening's women's team pursuit final.

Women's endurance coach Paul Manning
suggested a change was likely after Britain qualified second fastest
behind Canada and King, world champion last March, was withdrawn from
her scheduled ride in the non-Olympic scratch race.

Instead she was poised to join Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell in the three-woman, three-kilometre event against Canada.

More to follow.