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Track kings Britain fail to strike gold on day one


Chris Newton of Great Britain, left, is followed by Daniel Kreutzfeldt of Denmark, second left, in the men’s 40km Points Race final at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the BGZ Arena Velodrome in Pruszkow, Poland, on Wednesday.


Olympic track cycling kings Britain failed to claim gold from any of the four finals on the first day of the world championships, where France, Australia, New Zealand and Lithuania ruled the roost on Wednesday.

France proved majestic on their way to a successive fourth gold in the men’s three-man team sprint event, while Lithuania’s Simona Krupeckaite set a new world record to win the women’s 500m time trial. Australia grabbed a welcome gold through Cameron Meyer in the points race, while New Zealand had Alison Shanks to thank for claiming gold in the women’s pursuit.

A brighter note for Britain was Victoria Pendleton’s bronze in the women’s 500m time trial, a result which confirms her form ahead of defending the world sprint crown.

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