Italy takes gold within the staff pursuit with one other world document


Italy won gold in the men's team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics, breaking its own world record.

In a nerve-wracking, bobbing gold medal race, Italy led a large part of the 4,000 meters before drifting 1,000 meters from the finish to almost a second behind Denmark. With 500 meters to go, Italy was still half a second behind before Filippo Ganna put the Italians back into the lead in the last two laps of the last 125 meters.

The Italians finished their performance with a time of 3: 42.032, just ahead of Denmark and three tenths of a second faster than the world record that Italy had set in the first lap the day before. Denmark's time of 3: 42.198 was also faster than the old world record.

A breakdown of the men's extremely close team pursuit final.

Italy's sixth team pursuit world record was broken this week on the super-fast Izu Velodrome after the German women set three new records, the British women one and after the Italian men's world record from the first round.

Shortly before the gold medal race, Australia and New Zealand faced each other for the bronze medal. The two teams stood head to head before touching the wheels in the back of the Kiwi train shook New Zealand's medal hopes.

Australia's bronze medal will serve as consolation after its team chase campaign derailed in qualifying when Alex Porter's handlebars broke mid-race.


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