Great Britain have won gold in the men's team sprint cycling final after a thrilling victory over New Zealand.

Callum Skinner crossed the finish line to seal a finishing time of 42.440 seconds after terrific laps from teammates Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.

Their triumph continues Great Britain's dominance of the team sprint, having won the event in 2008 and 2012. Kenny secures his fourth Olympic gold, lifting him level with Bradley Wiggins and he can increase that tally further in the keirin and individual sprint events.

Hindes takes his tally to two Olympic titles, having been part of the London 2012 sprint team, while 23-year-old Skinner claimed his first gold.

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Callum Skinner, Philip Hides and Jason Kenny strike gold. Getty

While Team GB have become accustomed to success in cycling at Olympic Games, the trio of Sinner, Hides and Kenny were not widely expected to continue that dominance. Great Britain finished sixth in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships earlier this year and have not won a podium spot in a World Championships since 2012.

A terrific performance at the Veledrome however ended that hoodoo and added another medal to Great Britain's growing tally.

France claimed the silver medal after beating Australia with a time of 43.143

Team GB enjoyed an exhilarating start to the evening, sending a warning message to the chasing pack by setting a new Olympic record in their qualifying race against Australia.

The trio booked their spot on the podium with an emphatic run against Venezuela.

Their success crowned another superb night for British cycling that also saw Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald set a new world record in the women's team pursuit.

Their victory increases Great Britain's medal tally in Rio to 15, with four of them golds.