Australia Celebrate Team Pursuit World Record To Open Commonwealth Games

The fastest quartet after setting a new men's team pursuit record

For the first time since 2004, the Australian men's team pursuit squad has broken the world record. In the Commonwealth Games gold medal ride at the Anna Meares Velodrome, the quartet of Leigh Howard , Kelland O'Brien , Alex Porter and Sam Welsford rode a 3:49:804 to beat the world record set by Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games. The ride in the final against England is the first under the 3:50 minutes and was substantially quicker than the qualifying time of 3:52.041 minutes that featured Jordan Kerby. The team also featured none of the successful 2014 team pursuit squad who set a Commonwealth Games record in Glasgow. At 28, Howard is the senior member of the team pursuit squad. The Victorian made the decision to return to the track last year and now has a maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal to add to his multiple rainbow jerseys on ...

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