U.S. Women Win Silver In First Team Pursuit Event : The Torch The U.S. cyclists in the Summer Games' team pursuit event had never before raced on the Olympic stage — after all, theirs is the first American team to make an appearance in the games. But that didn't stop them from taking the silver medal, finishing behind Britain in the final.
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U.S. Women Win Silver In First Team Pursuit Event

Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Sarah Hammer of the United States ride in a heat against Australia on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Velodrome in London, England. The Americans took silver in the final. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Sarah Hammer of the United States ride in a heat against Australia on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Velodrome in London, England. The Americans took silver in the final.

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The U.S. team won the silver medal in the inaugural women's team pursuit event of the Summer Olympics, finishing behind Great Britain in the final.

The British team set a new world record of 3:14.051 as they claimed the gold medal. The Americans finished 5 seconds behind them. Canada won the bronze-medal matchup, beating Australia in London's velodrome.

The American team of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, and Lauren Tamayo averaged a speed of 54.073 Km/h, or 33.5 mph, on the track.

The velodrome audience included Paul McCartney, who reportedly sang along when the arena's p.a. system played "Hey Jude."