China win gold in women's team sprint at UCI Track Nations Cup

China's Bao Shanju, Yuan Liying and Guo Yufang won the women's team sprint gold medal at the 2023 International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Nations Cup in Cairo on Wednesday, clocking 47.676 seconds.

German trio Pauline Sophie Grabosch, Emma Hinze and Lea Sophie Friedrich came second in 47.912 seconds.

Comprising Taky Marie-Divine Kouame, Julie Michaux and Mathilde Gross, Team France came third in 47.999 seconds over the British squad of Sophie Capewell, Emma Finucane and Lowri Thomas.

"For team sprint for the women, China is a leading nation. They confirmed [today] that they are still a leading nation," UCI chief David Lappartient said after the match.

Team China won gold in the women's team sprint event in the last two editions of the Olympic Games. 

The Cairo event is the second leg among three. The next leg of the Track Nations Cup is expected to take place in Milton, Canada next month, and the first was held in Jarkata, Indonesia in February, in which Team China took silver. The series is a part of the qualifying campaign for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Team China in action during the women's team sprint competition at the first leg of UCI Track Nations Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 24, 2023. /CFP)

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