Roglic wins TT Itzulia Basque Country, Australians set new world record: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 6, 2018

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Australian team pursuit squad smash world record en route to Commonwealth Games gold

by VeloClub

The long-running rivalry between British and Australian team pursuiters continued on Thursday when the Australian riders set a new world record and took gold in the Commonwealth Games.

Leigh Howard, Jordan Kerby, Sam Welsford and Alex Porter established a new Games record in qualifying, covering the 4,000 metres distance in 3 minutes 53.041 seconds. This was over two seconds quicker than England’s Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter, Oliver Wood and Charlie Tanfield.

The Australian quartet went even faster in the final, recording a scorching three minutes 49.804 seconds. This was the first time the three minute 50 second threshold was broken, and improved on the Rio Olympic world record of three minutes 50.265 seconds set by Britain two years ago.

“It is a special moment,” said Howard. “It was a big decision for me to give up the road and come back to the track, but I had a fair bit of self-belief and saw it was such a special group of guys and I wanted to be part of it. This guy next to me (Welsford) is an absolute machine, just to follow his wheel is a tough ask. There’s definitely been some big changes since he’s come on board and we’ve gone faster. It’s as simple as that.” Howard said that he considered breaking three minutes 50 seconds as ‘just evolution,’ and said the team will aim to keep going faster.

“I’m over the moon with excitement,” said Welsford. “We’re in our home country. That is what dreams are made of. This is what we strive for every day. This is a dream come true. We’ve had our eye on the medal for such a long time, and to go under 3.50, for that to happen, is unreal.”