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USA races for medal in women's team pursuit cycling

Up against world-record-holder Great Britain

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(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(LAKANA) – Team USA took silver Saturday afternoon in the women's team pursuit cycling final at the Rio Olympics.

The U.S. foursome of Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente fell to world-record-holder Great Britain, which won gold by beating its own record.

This is the second silver the U.S. has earned in this event since London 2012, when the team debuted in the event.

The U.S. team, which is led by Hammer, a two-time 2012 Olympic silver medalist, finished second in qualifying and beat Australia in their first-round heat Friday morning to advance to the final.

The team made history last year by taking gold at the 2015 Worlds to become the first American team to win track cycling gold at a world championships.