China, Britain win golds

Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi claimed China's first ever Olympic track cycling gold medal when they won the women's team sprint title on Friday, beating Russia in the final.

China's Zhong Tianshi (left) and Gong Jinjie celebrate after the victory.   -  Reuters

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrates winning the race and setting a new record.   -  Reuters

Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi claimed China's first ever Olympic track cycling gold medal when they won the women's team sprint title on Friday, beating Russia in the final. The Chinese broke the world record in qualifying for the final and were too strong for Russians Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shmeleva as they sped to gold.

Germany's Mirian Welte and Kristina Voegel beat Australian duo Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton for bronze, denying Meares a sixth Olympic medal. It was a joyous moment for China which four years ago at the London Olympics was disqualified having thought they had won the event. They celebrated by holding aloft a large Chinese flag as the Rio crowd roared its approval.

Gong and Zhong were also denied a world championship gold in March when they were demoted to silver because of a technicality in the final against Russia, a decision that left their French coach Benoit Vetu so furious he broke his hand after smashing it against a table.

“We knew that we were ready. We broke the world record (unofficially) twice before coming here,” Vetu said told Reuters after joining in the celebrations.

Wiggins breaks medal record

Bradley Wiggins led Britain to track cycling men's team pursuit gold in a thrilling Olympic final against Australia on Friday.

Britain was trailing for most of the 4,000m race but stormed back to win in three minutes 50.265 seconds.

Victory meant Wiggins, 36, became Britain's most decorated Olympian with eight medals — one more than fellow cyclist Chris Hoy who was commentating in the stands.

Denmark took the bronze.