Jason Kenny helped deliver a silver medal and a British record in the men's team sprint on the opening day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin - five months out from the Tokyo Olympics.

Farnworth’s Kenny, Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens had no answer in the final as the Dutch trio of Roy Van Den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland broke the world record they had set in the first round with a time of 41.225 seconds, but will still consider the day a significant step forward.

Britain's time of 42.294 bettered the British record of 42.339 set by Kenny, Kian Emadi and Phil Hindes at altitude in Aguascalientes back in 2013.

"To break it outside the Games is a big step," Kenny said. "We tend to save our best for the Games so to do it here is a really good achievement."

Kenny’s wife Laura, racing just a month after breaking her shoulder in Canada, missed out on a medal in the scratch race by the width of a tyre, pushed into a very close fourth place as Holland's Kirsten Wild took victory.

"I'm a little bit disappointed, fourth is obviously the worst place you can finish," she said having also sat out the team pursuit due to her injuries but plans to ride again in Friday's omnium.

"But I feel like I had good legs and that's almost why it is frustrating. When I am on the bike, (the shoulder) is absolutely fine."