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Aussies set 1st record at London Olympic Velodrome

A general view of the venue for the upcoming London World Cup track cycling meeting that will be held at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome, at the Olympic park in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. A general view of the venue for the upcoming London World Cup track cycling meeting that will be held at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome, at the Olympic park in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
By Stuart Condie
AP Sports Writer / February 17, 2012
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LONDON—Australia's Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares have set cycling's first world record at London's Olympic Velodrome.

The world champion pair confirmed their status as strong contenders for the gold medals later this year by beating Lithuania's Gintare Gaivenyte and Simona Krupeckaite in a women's team sprint qualifier at the Track World Cup in 32.828 seconds.

Made of Siberian pine and built by Australian designer Ron Webb, the super-fast track at the new $125-million velodrome had been expected to provide the perfect conditions for record-breaking sprint performances at the four-day World Cup.

The meet is the first competitive event at the 6,000-seat venue and doubles as an Olympic test event.

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