COLNE'S Steven Burke won his second Olympic gold medal as he helped the men's team pursuit track cycling team retain the title they won in London four years ago.

The foursome of Burke, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins lowered the world record they had set in the first round in Rio just two hours earlier against New Zealand.

They took to the track to face Australia with revenge on their minds having lost in the World Championship final in London earlier this year.

But having looked the best team in the qualifying rounds they found themselves behind Australia for most of the 16-lap race before taking the lead late on in a thrilling final, winning in a time of 3:50.265.

"It's extra special because I really wanted to defend the title," said Burke, who was part of the winning team in London.

"We've had so many highs and lows but it's all come together at the right time.

"We've got the best team pursuit team of all time, Ed's a three time winner, Doull first games first gold and Brad with the complete career, it's been awesome to be his teammate."

Victory secured a fifth Olympic gold for Wiggins, drawing him level with Sir Steve Redgrave and one behind Sir Chris Hoy.

And he was full of praise for his teammates after making history.

"Ed and Burkey are two of the most underrated athletes I've ever raced with," he said. "They're so talented at what they do but they don't get the credit for it because they're not the big road stars."