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Rio Olympics: Jason Kenny's fourth gold thanks to superb Team GB hat-trick in the team sprint

By Robert Jones

Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes and Callum Skinner won Great Britain's third successive Olympic gold in the men's team sprint yesterday.

Britain's three-man, three-lap team sprint squad have a habit of peaking every four years and did so again as Kenny claimed his fourth Olympic gold.

Britain have not won a world title in the discipline since 2005, but have now won gold at the 2008, 2012 and now 2016 Olympics.

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The British trio clocked 42.440 seconds, an Olympic record, to claim gold, just five months after finishing sixth in the world at the Track World Championships in London.

New Zealand's Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Ed Dawkins, the world champions, had to settle for silver in 42.542secs, just 0.102 behind.

Bronze went to France in 43.143.

The performance of the team sprint squad was something of a surprise.

They came from nowhere to triumph four years ago in London, as Sir Chris Hoy claimed the fifth of his six Olympic golds, and repeated the trick in Rio after finishing a lowly sixth at March's Track World Championships in the English capital.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull qualified fastest in the four-man, four-kilometres team pursuit.

Great Britain clocked a world record in qualifying fastest in the women's team pursuit on day one of action in the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

After Hindes, Kenny and Skinner set an Olympic record in qualifying for the three-man, three-lap team sprint - the day's only medal event - Joanna Rowsell Shand, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald set a world record in the four-rider, four-kilometres team pursuit.

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