MELBOURNE, April 4 (BSS/AFP) - Hosts Australia will defend their men's team pursuit title at the world track cycling championships against Olympic champions Britain later Wednesday.
Britain's quartet of Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andrew Tennant and Geraint Thomas booked their final spot by qualifying fastest in 3min 54.485sec.
It was the third-fastest time ever for the 16-lap/4 km event, and the fastest ever qualifying time. Britain currently hold the world record in 3:53.314.
Australia have won the last two world titles and despite putting newcomer Glenn O'Shea in with the experienced Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn, the quartet qualified second fastest in 3:54.654.
New Zealand, who were third-fastest in 3:59.156, will meet Russia (3:59.290) in the bronze medal match-up.