Colne’s Steven Burke believes Great Britain will need to produce a world record to win the gold medal in the men’s team pursuit at the Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old officially earned his selection to the GB five-man endurance squad on Wednesday.

Britian face competition from Australia for the gold medal, but Burke is not worried about the competition.

“To be honest, I don’t really think about the other teams because it’s such a close discipline. It’s just about going as fast as you can over 4,000 metres,” he said.

“If you think too much about the opposition, it’s a disadvantage really. We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves. “I think we need to break the world record to win. As long as we do that, we’ve got a good chance.”

Burke won a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.