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Former Welwyn Wheeler is the most successful female British Olympian

Laura Trott looked delighted. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Cyclist Laura Trott has become the first British woman to win three Olympic gold medals - and she could add another before the end of Rio 2016.

The former Welwyn Wheeler, who was born in Harlow, set yet another world record with the winning women's team pursuit squad last night.

Just after the race, she tweeted: "What on earth just happened! 3x Olympic Champion!! I couldn't be prouder."

The British quartet - of Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald - made it three rides and three world records in claiming a stunning victory in four minutes 10.236 seconds.

Spectators had expected a close race between Team GB and the USA but the Britons proved far too strong in the end.

Trott is still to ride in the women's omnium on Monday.

“To come out and do that again – Paul Manning [coach] said to us four years ago that 4.10.00 would win the Olympics and we were doing 4.21.00 at that time – that’s a second a lap.

“We broke the world record in training, doing a 4.13.00 in our holding camp in Newport. We knew a record was on the cards in the qualifier. It felt surreal in the qualifier, but in the second round it just felt easy. I didn’t believe we were going to do it.

“I’ve never been in a team that feels so seamless. You can tell that everyone was giving 100 per cent to get to the finish line first and I could not be prouder right now.”

– Laura Trott, three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Trott celebrates with her team. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

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