Track World Cup: Aussies set first Olympic Velodrome world record

Track Cycling: London World Cup

  • Venue: Olympic Velodrome, London
  • Date: 16-19 February
  • Friday's coverage: Live on BBC Two 1900-2000; live on BBC Red Button 1900-2205; live on BBC Sport website 1900-2205 (including Radio 5 live commentary); tweets from @BBCSport_Ollie

Australia's Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set the first world record at the new Olympic Velodrome on day two of the London Track World Cup meeting.

The duo, competing in the women's team sprint qualifying, clocked 32.828 seconds to break their own record, set in March 2010, by 0.095 seconds.

Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new British record of 32.966 and will take on the world champions for gold.

The final will be shown live on BBC Sport later on Friday.

"We're going to go faster tonight, I'm confident of that," said McCulloch. "I was a little bit nervous for the first one."

Meares, the reigning world champion in the team sprint, individual sprint and keirin, added: "This is the best possible outcome we could be having - an Australia-British final. This is the closest thing to what will happen at the Olympic Games, racing them in the final."

Fast times are expected at the new velodrome, which was designed by Australian Ron Webb with record-breaking performances in mind.

The World Cup meeting is the first competitive event at the 6,000-seat venue, and the track suffered its first damage when a four-rider crash during the men's omnium event forced the race to be suspended for a few minutes while repairs were carried out.

Coverage on Saturday and Sunday (all times GMT):

TV: Sat 18 Feb 1900-2100 BBC Two, Sun 19 Feb 1445-1800 BBC Two.

5 live sports extra: Sat 18 Feb 1945-2140, Sun 19 Feb 1455-1800.

Red Button & website: Sat 18 Feb 1900-2140, Sun 19 Feb 1445-1800.