Britain, Germany win team sprint cycling golds

Britain's Chris Hoy celebrates after helping his country win the men's team sprint in world record time. (Leon Neal -- AFP/Getty Images)

The British men won gold in team sprint, defeating France, while the British women were disqualified and lost their chance at a medal in the women’s race.

Germany took the gold medal in the first women’s team sprint held at the Olympics after China was relegated – disqualified – despite setting world and Olympic records during qualifying.

The German pair of Miriam Welt and Kristina Vogel finished in 32.798 seconds. China’s record time was 32.422.

China had advanced to the gold medal race because the British team of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish were disqualified for making an early change, drawing the ire from a crowd of about 6,000 at the Velodrome.

The Brits would have raced China for the gold; instead, Germany took their spot.

Australia beat Ukraine for the bronze.

In the men’s race, Philip Hendes, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy set an Olympic record of 42.747 in qualifying and lowered it in the gold medal race to 42.600.

Gregory Bauge, Kevin Sireau and Michael D’Almeida rode for France.

Germany defeated Australia for the bronze medal.

The United States did not have a team in either event.

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