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Gold for cyclist Geraint Thomas as part of team pursuit

Geraint Thomas (far right) won Olympic gold for Great Britain in Beijing in 2008 Photo: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has claimed a gold medal in the team pursuit at the Olympic Games. The 26-year-old from Cardiff was part of the line-up which beat Australia in the final race, setting a new world record time in the process.

It's the second time Thomas has stood on top of the Olympic podium. He did so as part of the team pursuit squad which also won gold in Beijing in 2008.

Team GB's four-man line-up, which featured Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke alongside Thomas - clocked 3:51:659 to beat Australia by an enormous margin in the final, and improve on the world record time they had set earlier in an earlier round of the competition.

The British quartet were easily too strong for their Australian rivals Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire

Victory vindicated Thomas' decision to miss this year's Tour de France, to concentrate fully on the Olympics. He finished 31st overall after an impressive display during last year's race, but decided to prioritise London and trying to replicate his 2008 success.

In Beijing, he was alongside Bradley Wiggins, Clancy and Paul Manning in a British quartet which topped the podium in what was then a world record time. Great Britain are also world champions in the team pursuit, Thomas part of a line-up which won in Melbourne.

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