4 Aug 2012

Cyclists claim bronze in men's team pursuit

8:56 am on 4 August 2012

New Zealand has won in a bronze medal in the men's team pursuit at the track cycling at the London Olympics.

The New Zealanders had hoped to be riding for gold, but the Australians were too strong for them in their heat, sending Sam Bewley, Aaron Gate, Marc Ryan and Jesse Sergent to the bronze medal ride-off.

They met Russia in that race, and eventually beat them by 2.33 seconds to claim the bronze.

In the final, Great Britain set a world record of 3:51.659 to win gold, leaving Australia with the silver medal.

The women's pursuit team has qualified for the first round of their event in 5th place, missing out on the top four finish that would have put them in contention for the gold medal.

Lauren Ellis, Rushlee Buchanan and Alison Shanks will now meet eighth placed Belarus on Saturday.

In order to made the ride for the bronze medal, they need to post one of the two fastest times of the round, excluding the teams that will ride for gold and silver.

Natasha Hansen failed to make the final of the women's Keiren and finished 11th.

Hansen qualified for the second round through the repechage, but finished fifth out of six riders in her second round heat.

In the ride-off for places 7-12, she finished 11th.