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2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Day 1 - Afternoon

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Men’s Team Pursuit

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Qualifying

The only drama in the qualfying session for the Men's Team Pursuit came when the Russians lost a man to a crash in the opening kilometre - fastest at that point, the three remaining riders still managed to set what turned out to be a very creditable fifth fastest time on 4:04.840 - just a couple of tenths off the Spanish time of4:04.587. The Danish quarter of Lasse Norman Hansen, Caspr Folsach, Mathias Moller and Rasmus Christian Quuade set the early pace with a 4:00.841 which was good enough to get them in the Bronze Medal ride, but a shot at Gold always looked as though it would need a sub-four minute time.

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The Australians opted for three parts experience and one part youth - adding Alexander Morgan to the formidable trio of Glenn O'Shea, Michael Hepburn and Alexander Edmondson - and it proved to be a pretty potent mix. They cruised in to the Final with a 3:59.325 with just Great Britain left to ride. And the Brits went for the same formula - adding Sam Harrison to the world beating combo of Steven Burke, Andy Tennant and Ed Clancy. They were ahead with a kilometre to go but slowed to join the Aussies in the Gold medal ride with a 3:59.784. Did they fade or ease off? We'll find out this evening.

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1 AUS Australia (Glenn O'SHEA, Alexander EDMONSON, Michael HEPBURN, Alexander MORGAN) 3:59.325
2 GBR Great Britain (Steven BURKE, Edward CLANCY, Samuel HARRISON, Andrew TENNANT) 3:59.784

3 DEN Denmark (Lasse Norman HANSEN, Casper FOLSACH, Mathias MOLLER, Rasmus Christian QUAADE) 4:00.841
4 ESP Spain 
(Unai ELORRIAGA ZUBIAUR, Eloy TERUEL ROVIRA, Asier MAEZTU BILLELABEITIA, Sebastian MORA VEDRI) 4:04.587

Women’s Individual Pursuit

Qualifying

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There were no real shocks in this afternoon's other event, either - with Sarah Hammer of the USA clocking a 3:30.206 to cruise in to the final a full three seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Australian Amy Cure. Cure shaved a second off earlier leader Annette Edmonson's 3:34.273 to drop her in to the Bronze medal ride, where she should secure a medal against Laura Brown of Canada who rode well against Cure in her heat but finished well beaten, 3 seconds off her rival's pace. Last year's Bronze medalist Caroline Ryan of Ireland just missed out on a medal ride in 5th place.

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Women’s Individual Pursuit

Qualifying
1 Sarah HAMMER USA 3:30.206
2 Amy CURE AUS 3:33.366
3 Annette EDMONDSON AUS 3:34.273
4 Laura BROWN CAN 3:37.736

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