The Aussies took the gold in the women's 4000 team pursuit.
The Brits were trying to keep up but their efforts cost them a rider at the 2500 mark.
A world record ride of 4:13.6! Three seconds faster than the Brits previous record.
Australia overtook the Germans on the last lap, enroute to a 3:54 finish. The Germans lost their third rider at the 3500 mark and never slowed down. The Aussies caught him up with a half lap to go. Bronze for Australia.
In the gold/silver match, New Zealand had the edge until the 2500 mark when the Brits pulled even and got up by half a second. But, New Zealand had a fast finish. The one Kiwi almost came off on the last switch, but they kept it from falling apart and the result is as you see below. New Zealand takes the Gold!
Well done to 'Beck' Wiasak, thirty year old
World Championship debutante, fastest
qualifier in women's I.P. with 3:27.018
breaking the oldest Australian Elite record
on the books: Katie Mactier's 3:27.650
from the 2004 Athens Olympics (which was
very briefly a World Record).
Wiasak AUS vs. Valente USA for gold
Cure AUS vs Rowsell GBR for bronze
My best picture of the day was Wasak, the Aussie taking Gold.
Valente of the USA took the Silver.
All the riders in the finals were tired, about three seconds off from their qualifying times.
Amy Cure won the Bronze
The tale of the men's Individual Pursuit was actually written in the qualifying and, if anything, in Bobridge's hour record attempt. He was the fastest at 2km by nearly 4 seconds and even his 3rd km was one of the fastest but his closing km was only the 7th fastest even though he was a clear fastest qualifier.
In the final he went out even faster, 1.05.921 (1.06.259) to Keung's 1.09.322 and his 2nd km was marginally quicker than Keung (1.02.042 to 1.02.278) but the writing was already on the wall at 3km (3rd km 1.05.008 to Keung's 1.03.416) and it was even by 3750m.
Brave it may've been but one would've hope something may register somewhere inside his skull that "death or glory" efforts rarely end with the latter.