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By Mark Meadows
LONDON Aug 2 Germany ended up with gold in the
Olympic women's track cycling team sprint on Thursday after
original winners China were relegated to second for a takeover
infringement having earlier broken two world records.
Hosts and medal hopefuls Britain had been disqualified in
the first round for another illegal changeover.
Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang sped round the London Olympic
velodrome like lightning in the qualifying and first round,
notching world best times of 32.447 and 32.422 seconds.
They were slower in the final but it was still good enough
to beat Germany until officials stepped in some minutes after
the end of the race to say Guo had made a mistake on the
China were therefore bumped down to silver amid angry
remonstrations between their team and International Cycling
Australia took bronze by beating Ukraine and by the time of
the medals ceremony, the Chinese duo had calmed down and
accepted the warm applause of the slightly bemused crowd before
Germany's golds were handed out.
Britain were not afforded the luxury of being dropped a
position as Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish were
disqualified altogether in the first round for individual
Olympic champion Pendleton's error in taking the lead over too
"We're talking about one hundredth of a second of a mistake
there," Pendleton told reporters.
"Jess moved up a fraction too early and I just saw the door
and went for it, because that's my cue to try to squeeze
underneath her as quickly as possible.
"It's one of those things that happens."
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