A BRONZE medal and world record were the consolation after Tasmanian cyclists Lauren Perry and Macey Stewart missed out on their first shot at a world title yesterday.
On a dramatic day at the junior world track titles in Glasgow, Stewart clipped a wheel in the qualifying ride against Great Britain as the Australian team pursuit quartet looked primed to secure a shot at the gold medal.
The Devonport rider hit the track at the 2000m mark, with Perry and West Australian pair Kelsey Robson and Elissa Wundersitz continuing and doing just enough to clock the fourth fastest time of 4mins 46.183secs and book a spot in the bronze medal ride.
Perry, of Launceston, later revealed she had also suffered a mechanical fault which further added to the team's workload.
In a sensational rebound, the team coached by Launceston's Matthew Gilmore put aside its qualifying hiccup to break the world record against European champion Italy with a scorching time of 4:38.246.
However their supremacy was short-lived with the Great Britain side bettering the new mark just minutes later with 4:36.147. Russia took the silver medal (4:39.122).
"It was really messy, but the things that happened were out of our control, Lauren pulling a foot and Macey coming down was just bad luck," Robson said.
"But we just had to pull our heads together and get ready for finals racing and we certainly did that.
"Not being able to race Great Britain in the final was a bummer, it was the final everyone wanted to see, but that wasn't to be. So we rode for the time and we rode to break the world record.
"When they broke it again, we were like `hats off to them' they had the best ride of the day and thoroughly deserved it.
"At least we can say we held it, even if only for a few minutes."
Perry's mum Sarah was in the crowd at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome while her dad Jamie was among supporters following the action online in Tasmania.
"I think a lot of enthusiasm was lost after the setback. It knocked them around a fair bit," he said.
"They still rode well in the final and were happy to get a bronze and can have another go next year."
Perry and reigning world champion Robson will turn their attentions to the individual pursuit which will be decided early today, while Stewart's next assignment will be the omnium.