• Team USA in the Women's team pursuit final during Day Three of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Sarah Hammer led the U.S. to their first ever gold medal in the women's team pursuit as they convincingly beat Canada at the UCI Track World Championships.
5 Mar 2016 - 8:57 AM  UPDATED 5 Mar 2016 - 10:45 AM

The relentless American quartet, also including Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente, never trailed in an impressive display at the London velodrome.

"It's very emotional, this is my eighth world title but I've been waiting my whole career to get a first team title," Hammer said.

"Doing it in a team there's nothing like that. It's the fact that there is no one individual more important than another. It's one unit all working together."

Scratch race champion Laura Trott helped Olympic champions Britain clinch the bronze medal with victory over New Zealand.

Aussie women pursuit defence upended
Team USA have smashed Australia in the women's Team Pursuit to end their UCI Track World Championship title defence.

Earlier, world record holder Anastasiia Voinova of Russia retained her 500m time trial title with a blistering ride.

Voinova, the last of the 16 riders to take to the boards for the two-lap event, clocked 32.959 to add the TT gold to the women's team sprint title she claimed on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze, world champion in 2013, was second quickest with Elis Ligtlee from the Netherlands finishing with the bronze medal.

The men's individual pursuit and points race was also decided, with Italy's Filippo Ganna and Jon Dibben of Team Great Britain the winners.

The 19-year-old Ganna won after pulling ahead of Germany's Domenic Weinstein only in the closing stages.

He trailed German rival until the concluding two laps but, as he had done in posting the fastest qualifying time, timed his effort perfectly, accelerating to victory.

In the all-British bronze medal ride, Andy Tennant beat Owain Doull by 0.174 seconds to add to the silver medals the pair won in the team pursuit 24 hours earlier.

In the points race, Dibben lifted the home town crowd out of their seats with a last gasp acceleration to win the points race on a countback.

Mark Cavendish, taking time out from his road schedule to try and qualify for the Rio Games where he hopes to earn a first Olympic medal, completed the first three events of the omnium in seventh place.

Tour de France sprint king moved up the leaderboard when he finished second in the elimination race, although he faces a crucial day on Saturday.

Cavendish has been given a podium target in the omnium to snatch a place on the Olympic track team.

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria Rendon leads the standings from Italian Elia Viviani ahead of Saturday's one km time trial, flying lap and points race.

Australia's 2012 world champion Glenn O'Shea sits in ninth in the event.

He finished fifth in the opening event, the scratch race, before a seventeenth place in the individual pursuit and a seventh in the elimination race.

Matthew Glaetzer topped the sprint qualifying with the fastest flying 200m time. He stopped the clock in 9.766seconds, just pipping hometown hero Jason Kenny and Dutch rider Jeffrey Hoogland who posted identical 9.767 second rides.

The Adelaide cyclist then accounted for former world champion Theo Bos (NED) in the round of 16, before dispatching China’s Xu Chao in the next round to progress to the quarterfinals.

There he will face an epic battle with four-time and defending sprint world champion Gregory Bauge (FRA).