World record times were set in the first two finals of the world track cycling championships Wednesday by the British men in the team pursuit and Germany in the women's team sprint.
Olympic champion Britain claimed the first gold medal at Melbourne's Hisense Arena, edging defending champ Australia in what many expect to be a preview of the Olympic gold-medal race in London.
Edward Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andrew Tennant and Geraint Thomas led from the start to finish in a new world mark of 3 minutes, 53.295 seconds, eclipsing the 3:53.314 the team set to win gold at the Beijing Olympics.
Australia's Jack Bobridge, Glenn O'Shea, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn finished in 3:53.401.
New Zealand (3:57.592) won the bronze medal after beating Russia (3:59.273).
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford said it was an ideal result ahead of the London Games.
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