Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke successfully defended Britain's four-kilometre team pursuit title on a night when Victoria Pendleton won keirin gold and the women's team pursuit squad qualified fastest for day three's knockout rounds.

Ed Clancy (left) with GB team pursuiters Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas at London 2012

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh & Geraint Thomas - Men's Team Pursuit Cycling Track Gold

Team GB men's cycling pursuit team smash the competition and the world record (source BBC Sport - Olympics cycling: Team GB defend men's pursuit title)

Team GB Men's team pursuit team of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh blazed to victory.

London 2012 Olympic: Royal Mail stamps of the gold medalists - Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh in the men's team pursuit

Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh of the GB team pursuit team

In pictures: Team GB's golden stamps

Images of the gold medal stamps of the Olympic Games, issued by Royal Mail within 24 hours of a Team GB victory.

Canada win Bronze in women's Team Pursuit

Team GB in the men's Team Pursuit final. Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain compete in the Men's Team Pursuit Track Cycling final.

Large image of the Team GB Gold Medal Winner First Day Cover - Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas

Large image of the Team GB Gold Medal Winner First Day Cover - Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas prepares for a Team GB training ride 3-8-2016 Rio de Janeiro Getty Images

Geraint Thomas prepares for a Team GB training ride Rio de Janeiro…

Dave Brailsford Photo - Team GB Track Cycling Athletes Announced For London 2012 Olympic Games Geraint Thomas, Liam Phillips, Shanaze Reade, Sir Chris Hoy

Dave Brailsford Photos Photos: Team GB Track Cycling Athletes Announced For London 2012 Olympic Games

Dave Brailsford Photo - Team GB Track Cycling Athletes Announced For London 2012 Olympic Games Geraint Thomas, Liam Phillips, Shanaze Reade, Sir Chris Hoy

Track cyclists Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh broke their own world record as they successfully defended the men's team pursuit title in the Velodrome.

(L-R) Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh celebrate with their gold medals during the Victory Ceremony for the men's Team Pursuit Track Cycling final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

And another gold medal for Team GB as well as a world record smashed as Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh fly home in the men's team pursuit final. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/GettyImages

London 2012 Olympics: Friday 3 August - live picture blog

The best pictures from day seven at the London 2012 Olympics - including action from the first day of the atheletics, more from the velodrome and great images from all the other sports

Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain compete in the men's Team Pursuit Track Cycling final.

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MEN'S TEAM PURSUIT GOLD MEDAL    GERAINT THOMAS  STEVEN BURKE  PETE KENNAUGH  ED CLANCY

MEN'S TEAM PURSUIT GOLD MEDAL GERAINT THOMAS STEVEN BURKE PETE KENNAUGH ED CLANCY

Britain's Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh compete in the track cycling men's team pursuit first round heats at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Britain's Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh compete in the track cycling men's team pursuit first round heats at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games August REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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