Laura Trott helps Team GB to cycling world record at London 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 21:50 03 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 03 August 2012

Welwyn Wheeler Laura Trott

Welwyn Wheeler Laura Trott

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WELWYN Wheelers rider Laura Trott bids for Olympic women’s team pursuit gold tomorrow (Saturday) after smashing a world record in the Velodrome at the London 2012 Games this afternoon.

Laura Trott

* Age: 20

* Sport: Cycling

* Olympic events: Team pursuit and Omnium

* Date of events: Team pursuit August 3 from 4pm; omnium August 6 from 4pm and August 7 from 10am.

* Club: Team Ibis Cycles

* Fact: Began cycling at Gosling Sports Park with Welwyn Wheelers, for whom she is now an honorary member.

The Team GB trio of 20-year-old Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell set a world best as they easily secured their place in the first round of the women’s 3,000m team pursuit at the Olympic Games.

It was a fantastic London 2012 debut for Hertfordshire’s Trott, who began cycling at Welwyn Garden City’s Gosling Sports Park aged just eight.

The British trio, who are the reigning world champions, clocked a world record time of 3 minutes 15.699 seconds this afternoon (Friday) in heat 10 at the Olympic Park velodrome to cement their place in the next stage of the competition.

Laura later tweeted: “Thanks for the support you guys were amazing :-) First round tomoz and then hopefully final! #bringiton”

Women’s Team Pursuit guide

* Two opposing teams start on either side of the track. The winner is the team who either catches the other team, or records the fastest time over the full distance.

* The women’s event is 3km, with teams of three riders.

* The Team Pursuit starts with a qualifying round.

* Teams are seeded in the first round according to their qualifying times – the fastest team competes against the fourth fastest, second competes against third, fifth against eighth and sixth against seventh.

* The winners of the two heats between the top four teams advance to the finals; the remaining six teams are ranked according to their times from the first round, with the best two teams competing for bronze.

The women’s team pursuit first round takes place at 4.11pm tomorrow (Saturday), with the final scheduled for 5.42pm.

Following their impressive qualifying performance today, the GB girls are the gold medal favourites on Saturday.

Trott, a life member of Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club, is also scheduled to compete in the omnium on Monday and Tuesday.

She is also the current world champion at the event.


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