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Great Britain claimed gold in the men's team sprint at the Olympics for the third straight Games, edging New Zealand at the velodrome on Thursday.

The trio of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner set a time of 42.440 seconds – an Olympic record – to win by 0.102.

Kenny and Skinner fought back for Great Britain after Ethan Mitchell had New Zealand leading by 0.035secs.

Mitchell was joined by Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins in winning silver, while France took bronze ahead of Australia.

Records fell at the velodrome, including Great Britain's women setting a new world mark in the team pursuit.


Only one gold was up for grabs and it was an expectedly thrilling finish. GB had to come from behind in the men's team sprint, just edging New Zealand.


Olympic and world marks fell throughout at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, highlighted by Great Britain's women in the team pursuit. It may have been qualifying, but Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand set a new world record with a time of four minutes and 13.260 seconds, beating Australia's 2015 mark. Olympic records fell three times in the men's team sprint, completed by GB on their way to gold.


"It's great to win four. Maybe I can win a few more during these Games. The Olympics are the biggest race and it's great if you can win. The past four years haven't been easy. We believed in ourselves. We struggled in a few other races but we finally got it right when it mattered. I'm just enjoying this one right now, and we'll give it our best shot in every other race. It's a good first day on the velodrome," - Kenny said after becoming a four-time gold medallist.

"Pretty happy, man! You can't really fault what we did today. Three were personal bests, one of them was an Olympic record. There is not much to put your nose up [at], except for the final result. As a trio, we put our best foot forward, and smashed it, and came back with the best possible time we could produce. I'm gutted it's not gold, but it's what we had in the tank today," - Dawkins said there was not much more New Zealand could do.

"It tickled a bit out there, I'm not going to lie," - Australian Melissa Hoskins said, having competed in the team pursuit just days after a training crash.

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