Great Britain failed to get their tournament off to the best of starts after the men's sprint team and pursuit team failed to win medals.

The female squad managed to win Britain' first medal of the Championships, with Becky James and Jess Varnish beating Russia to win bronze in the women's team sprint.

The failing of the men's team is a cause for concern, as the British team won Olympic gold in both events in London 2012.

The pursuit team finished eighth as Australia claimed the gold. The squad, which includes gold medallist Ed Clancy, achieved it's worst finish in the event for 15 years, the second time a medal hasn't been won in that event since 2000.

Speaking to the BBC, Clancy said: ""Despite the fact we didn't have a couple of our more established riders in the line-up, we were still hoping to get a ride in the final."

The sprint team managed to finish fifth in their event. Despite having Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the team, the Brits couldn't win the event for the first time since 2005.

With the championships being held in an important Olympic cycle, this event is a brilliant opportunity for the team to see how they are developing and more importantly, how the opposition is.

Great Britain coach Dan Evans said: "If it was Olympic year they would have a right to panic, but as it is, it will be cause for reflection.

They'll be disappointed, but they know what improvements to make as the Commonwealth Games and Rio come into view."

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