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On this day in 2012: British trio win gold at Track World Championships

Britons Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott won gold in the 3km team pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne on this day in 2012.

The trio clocked a world record 3min 15.720sec in the final.

Australians Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic finished second in 3 minutes 16.943 seconds, Canada third ahead of New Zealand in an event that would make its Olympic debut in London later in the year.

King, 21, and Trott, 19, now had two world titles in two attempts, while Rowsell, who missed selection in 2011 through illness and injury, became a three-time world champion after recovering the precious rainbow. jersey she most recently won in 2009 at Pruszkow.

Great Britain women’s team pursuit gold medalists (left to right) Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Rowsell, 23, of Cheam, said: “I can’t believe I’m world champion again – it’s been three years. I wanted so badly to get that rainbow jersey back.

“We’re surprised how fast we’ve been going here – we may have to adjust our targets now.

“We knew we would have to break the world record to win today – we weren’t sure how far.

“We didn’t expect to see this time until August. We need to rethink a bit there.

At the Olympic final in London, the trio broke the world record for the sixth consecutive time to win gold.