NEWS
08/11/2016 13:54 EDT | Updated 08/12/2017 01:12 EDT

Simmerling sets Canadian record as team pursuit foursome qualifies fourth in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Canada finished fourth in women's track cycling team pursuit qualifying Thursday to advance at the Rio Olympics.

Calgary's Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C., and the Vancouver duo of Jasmin Glaesser and Laura Brown completed the 4,000-metre event where teams race in tandem with a time of four minutes 19.599 seconds.

Britain set a new world record of 4:13.260 to top the field, besting Australia's time at the 2015 world championships by 0.423 seconds.

The United States was second in 4:14.286 at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, while the Aussies clocked in at 4:19.059.

Canada now faces Britain on Saturday morning with a shot at the gold-medal final on the line, while the U.S. will line up against Australia.

The final races go Saturday afternoon.

Simmerling made history on Thursday by becoming the first Canadian athlete to compete in three different sports at three different Olympics. The 27-year-old debuted in alpine skiing at the Vancouver Games in 2010 before competing in ski cross in 2014 in Sochi.

Canada came to Brazil with high hopes in the event after winning bronze in London four years ago and making the podium at each of the last four worlds.