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Dani King goes for gold
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- Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell set another new world record as they beat USA to win gold in the women's team pursuit.
Well, that will do it for me today. A wonderful afternoon, and congratulations to Dani King.
The medal ceremony is taking place now. King, Trott and Rowsell step onto the podium and salute the crowd. King is the first to receive her gold medal, followed by Trott and then Rowsell. King, who is unable to contain a beaming smile, sings the national anthem proudly, before they receive an enormous ovation from the fans in the velodrome.
It’s mad, I actually can’t believe it. It’s been my dream since I was eight and we’ve just gone and done it.Laura Trott
We’re like sisters, and I couldn’t have done it without them. They were absolutely incredible and I can’t believe we’ve done it, it’s absolutely amazing.Dani King
I could tell we were winning by the noise of the crowd. They were shouting so loud and that really spurred us on in that last kilometre.Joanna Rowsell
That was an amazing performance from the British girls. They finished in a time of 3mins 14.051secs. They nearly caught the Americans by the end of the race. There are tremendous scenes in the velodrome, as King, Trott and Rowsell celebrate Olympic gold.
DANI KING WINS OLYMPIC GOLD! ANOTHER WORLD RECORD!
2,000m in and it's now more than two seconds!
1,500m and the gap is now nearly two seconds. The gold is theirs barring disaster.
1,000m in and Britain are crushing the Americans. They are nearly three-quarters of a second ahead.
Here we go. King, Trott and Rowsell out onto the track. They get a huge standing ovation as they head to the start line. GB v USA for the gold.
Canada pip the Aussies for the bronze in a thrilling race. It's about to get very loud now...
New Zealand win that one. Now it's the bronze medal ride between Australia and Canada.
We've got the fifth and sixth-placed race between Netherlands and New Zealand right now. The Bronze medal contest will follow, then it's the turn of the British girls.
The action is due to get underway in the velodrome shortly. The start will be slightly later than officially scheduled.
To give you some idea of how quick King, Trott and Rowsell ride at, here's this picture from their win over Canada (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire):
ANOTHER WORLD RECORD!! @JoannaRowsell @DaniKing1 @LauraTrott31 fantastic!!! 3:14!!— @chrishoy 04 August 2012
The bronze medal ride, which is due to start at 5.42pm, will be contested by Australia and Canada.
The time is 3mins 14.682secs - nearly a second better than the time they posted yesterday. It's the fifth ride in a row that this trio have posted a new world record. Great Britain will now face USA for the gold medal in just over an hour.
WORLD RECORD! King, Trott and Rowsell are in the final.
Canada are putting up a decent fight, but it won't be enough. At 2,000m, the GB girls are 1.752 seconds ahead. They could smash the world record.
Britain go into an early lead, and at the first 1,000m split they are 0.572 seconds ahead of Canada. They're on world record pace too.
And they're off...
A huge cheer from the velodrome as the British girls appear. They're just 3,000m away from the final. Canada are their opponents, but it's unlikely they can live with King, Trott and Rowsell here. Perhaps the bigger question is can the Brits beat their world record time?
And USA win to advance to the final, in a time of 3mins 16.853secs. That's still over a second slower than what Great Britain posted yesterday.
Here we go with heat three: USA v Australia. The winner goes through to the gold medal race.
Netherlands beat Germany in heat one. New Zealand beat Belarus in heat two. Those teams, along with the two losers in the USA v Australia and Great Britain v Canada races, will be ranked according to their times. The best two will then ride off against each other for the bronze medal.
There has been plenty of support pouring in for the 21-year-old. Here’s our story on the backing Dani is receiving .
To get you started, here is a bit of background on Dani and the story of how she got into cycling . Not that I want to encourage any kids out there to skip their school lessons.
Good afternoon sports fans, and welcome to our live blog covering Hamble track cyclist Dani King’s pursuit (get it?!) of Olympic gold.
It’s been quite a day for Team GB so far, with two more gold medals in the rowing, Jessica Ennis almost certain to add another later on when the heptathlon comes to a conclusion, and Mo Farah going for the 10,000m title tonight.
But, for now, the attention turns to the Olympic Park velodrome, where the British trio of Dani, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell are hot favourites to win the women’s team pursuit. And for good reason. The double world champions set a new world record time in qualifying, as they finished nearly four seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.
After yesterday’s timed laps, we now enter the head-to-head stages. Canada, who were fourth in qualifying, will be GB’s opponents in the semi-finals, while United States face Australia for a place in the gold medal ride.
The session starts at 4.11pm, with two classification races due before the top four teams battle it out. The finals then begin at 5.42pm. So sit back and enjoy the ride…
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