• December 7, 2021

Australia wins bronze in team pursuit track cycling, Italy wins gold and breaks the world record to defeat Denmark

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Italy has now won the team chase a record eight times at the Olympics, but this was their first victory at the event since the 1960 Rome Games in Rome.

There was more much-needed good news for the Australian track team on Wednesday, with Kaarle McCulloch reaching the keirin quarterfinals.

After finishing fourth in her opening series, McCulloch was second in a play-off behind Hong Kong star Lee Wai Sze.

That means McCulloch will enter the quarterfinals Thursday night before the medal round.

Until McCulloch’s progression and then the team seeking bronze, it had been a dark afternoon for the Australians.

Main sprint hope Matthew Glaetzer withdrew from the event, and the team said he was unwell after combining with Matthew Richardson and Nathan Hart for a frustrating fourth place Tuesday in the team sprint.

Australian Kaarle McCulloch advanced to the keirin quarterfinals.Credit:fake images

Richardson replaced Glaetzer, joining Hart in the game’s sprint, and they were 22nd and 23rd fastest of the 24 qualifiers.

The Australians lost their first round sprints and were eliminated in the playoff.

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After the Rio disaster, the quest for team bronze is a welcome result, but is otherwise proving to be another Olympic test for the Australian track cycling team.

The fourth for the men’s team sprint and the fifth for the pursuers of the women’s team on Tuesday repeated their results in Rio.

Glaetzer has yet to win a medal in three Olympics, with four fourth places.

Anna Meares’ victory in the 2012 sprint has been the only Olympic gold medal for the track cycling team since she dominated the 2004 Athens Games, winning five.

Glaetzer was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in late 2019 and missed the February 2020 world championships due to a torn calf.

He is the best Australian male sprinter, winning the 2018 world title in match sprint and the 2012 team sprint crown.

AAP, AP

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