Team pursuiters savour bronze medal

Feilding cyclist Jesse Sergent says his second Olympic bronze medal for the team pursuit is sweeter than first.

Sergent, Marc Ryan, Sam Bewley and Aaron Gate won the bronze in London on Friday after a ride-off against Russia.

The Russians were narrowly in front at the halfway point of the race but New Zealand overhauled the Russians in the third kilometre and took the medal by 2.33 seconds with a time of 3min 55.952sec.

Sergent, Ryan and Bewley were in the team along with Hayden Roulston which took bronze in Beijing.

"In Beijing there was no expectation, but this time round there was pressure, there was expectation: from us, from the media, from everything," he said.

"To come away with it with that added pressure it feels even better."

Sergent was instrumental in getting the team across in third after Russia had been in front early, leading the team for two and a half laps at one point after the team lost Ryan.

"The plan was to do a double and the coach started walking along and we knew where the Russians were and I suppose I kind of just got my race head on and wanted to race them."

The team had earlier lost a semi-final against Australia, competing with them early before losing Ryan and with Gate struggling to keep up at the end.

"It wasn't a good feeling after completing that first ride but I knew I had what it took to step up again and I managed to deliver in the final which is the main thing," said Gate, who was winning his first Olympic medal.

"It's pretty cool. All the guys have been great, they rode awesome and I delivered what I could."

Great Britain continued their domination of the velodrome by defeating Australia in world record time of 3:51.659 in the final.

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