ERFURT, GERMANY - JULY 09: German track cycling athlete Kristina Vogel rides a bike during a portrait session on July 9, 2012 in Erfurt, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Great Britain won gold in the men's team sprint while Germany captured the gold in the women's team event as the Chinese team was disqualified.
Great Britain continued its dominance of track cycling, winning gold in the men’s team sprint. The British team of Philip Hindes, Chris Hoy, and Jason Kenny set the world record in their gold medal victory over France with a time of 42.600 seconds, breaking the world record they had just set in the first round and giving credence to the talk that the London Velodrome track is fastest in the world. The Germany team beat Australia in the race for the bronze medal.
In the first ever Olympic running of the women's team sprint, the German team of Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte pulled off a surprise gold when the Chinese team was disqualified in the gold medal final. The Chinese team set a world record in the first round with a time of 32.422 seconds, breaking the world record they set in qualifying. The favored British team was disqualified in the first round after finishing right behind the Chinese in qualification. Both teams were disqualified for illegal change-overs, the Chinese still finished with the silver, but the Brits were left out of the medals. Australia topped Ukraine in the bronze medal race.
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