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Tokyo Olympics: Team GB settle for silver in women's team pursuit as Germany SMASH the world record

Laura Kenny and Great Britain's women's team pursuit squad had to settle for silver in the Tokyo Olympics as Germany won gold in a new world record time.

Kenny had won gold in every Olympic event she had entered prior to this race and began the Games with the potential to reach seven golds and perhaps become Britain's most decorated Olympian.

But though the two teams had been closely matched in qualifying and in the first round, Germany utterly dominated the final, stopping the clock in four minutes 4.249 seconds, winning by more than six seconds. 

Britain's women's team pursuit squad had to settle for silver on Tuesday as Germany took gold 

Both teams had broken the world record in the first round early on Tuesday, Britain setting a time of 4:06.748 before Germany responded with 4:06.166.

Britain's celebrations for that record had been cut short when Katie Archibald crashed into Neah Evans after the finish, and it was unclear if either rider was affected in the final as the team set a much slower time.

Evans had replaced Elinor Barker in the line-up after qualifying.

Kenny told the BBC: 'We knew (Germany) were going to go fast, but maybe not quite that fast.'

British rider Katie Archibald rode into the back of team-mate Neah Evans following their semi-final victory over USA – but both riders got quickly back up ahead of the final 

Germany utterly dominated the final, winning by more than six seconds at the Izu Velodrome

Asked about the prospect of adding two more medals to her tally, she added: 'Yeah, I'll just keep turning up and see what happens!'

Team-mate Evans added: 'It's really special. Obviously we were defending champions and there are huge expectations because we do have such a good reputation, but there are so many strong nations.

'We came out fighting but it wasn't to be this time.' 

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