Wiggins wins fifth Olympic gold as Great Britain smash team pursuit world record

Bradley Wiggins won his fifth Olympic gold medal as Great Britain edged Australia in a thrilling team pursuit final in Rio.

Behind for much of the contest, Great Britain edged it on the final lap to continue a superb showing at this summer’s games in Brazil. This followed a strong showing in the semi-finals earlier in the day, with Team GB overcoming New Zealand in record-breaking time.

The result means Wiggins is the first ever Briton to win eight Olympic medals, and surely establishes him firmly as the country’s great ever athlete at the games. It’s also the third time Great Britain have set a new mark in the last two days, coming in at 3:50.265.

Beforehand, Denmark won bronze with a win over New Zealand in a somewhat surprise victory in the battle for third place.