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New cycling world record for Australia

01 August 2002

Australia set a new world record in the men’s 4000m team pursuit in an incredible race that also saw England break the British record.

Luke Roberts

World record holder Luke Roberts

Mark Renshaw, celebrating the win, said: “To go under four minutes is a pretty respectable thing in Cycling and there’s only two or three countries that have ever done it."

"For Australia to pitch four guys together, get them to train for three weeks over in Switzerland, then to come here after three weeks preparation and ride under four minutes is just unbelievable. A dream come true.”

Commenting on the race his team mate Luke Roberts said: “Coming into the last kilometre I could hear the commentator talking about a record and the crowd was pretty excited."

"I could see England up ahead of us and I thought we were on a pretty quick time if we had put that much into it, so maybe it is a world record? I could hear 'record' but I didn’t know if he was talking about a Commonwealth Games record or the world record. I thought to myself “I’m gonna give it everything and see if it is a world record.”

"It was incredible to do it.”

The English team of Paul Manning, Chris Newton, Bradley Wiggins and Bryan Steel set a new British record and took the silver with a fast time of 4:02.665, clocking up a speed of 59.338 km/h.

On setting a new British record Bryan Steel said: “It is disappointing to lose but we couldn’t have gone any faster. We have the philosophy that if we can’t go any faster and we still get beaten then what can you do. They (the Australians) broke the world record tonight."

"There are only two other teams in the world that have gone sub-four minutes, it was a fantastic ride. I wish it was us but it wasn’t.”

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