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Great Britain sets Olympic record, wins track cycling gold

Cycling - Track - Olympics: Day 6

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Callum Skinner, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes of Great Britain celebrate after winning gold and getting an Olympic record in the Men’s Team Sprint Track Cycling Finals on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Having won the last two Olympic team sprint track cycling competitions, Great Britain arrived in Rio as favorites to accomplish that feat for a third straight Games.

Great Britain met those expectations and then some, taking gold in an Olympic record time of 42.440 seconds. Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner made up the team for Great Britain, with Hindes and Kenny being members of their gold medal team at the last Summer Olympics. While Hindes now has two Olympic team sprint gold medals to his credit, this is the third Olympic gold for Kenny.

New Zealand took silver with a time of 42.542 seconds, and France beat Australia to take bronze with a time of 43.143 seconds. France has reached the medal stand in all five of the Summer Olympics in which the track cycling team sprint competition has been held, with their lone gold medal being won in 1996 in Atlanta.

New Zealand, which is the reigning world champion, earned its nation’s first Olympic medal in the track cycling team sprint.