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Australia have now finished fourth in the men's team sprint at four-straight Olympics, while Great Britain again have reigned supreme.
Fourth - the worst Olympics result - has become a bad habit for Australia in the men's team sprint.
It was their fate for the fourth-straight Games on day one of the Rio track cycling program.
Immediately before Great Britain beat world champions New Zealand in a gold medal boilover, Australia faced France in the bronze ride-off.
Nathan Hart started well on the first lap and Matthew Glaetzer kept their lead on lap two.
Michael D'Almeida then overhauled Patrick Constable on the last lap and France won with 43.143 seconds to Australia's 43.298.
It was a strong performance from the young Australian combination, who were competing together for only the second time.
Australia had qualified third-fastest and then upset The Netherlands, the world championship silver medallists, to reach the bronze medal ride.
But missing out on an Olympic medal always hurts.
"I guess the biggest feeling is disappointment, but I'm also extremely proud with how we rode," Constable said.
"Three rounds of the team sprint is very hard, but I think we put it together well.
"I got to the second round and my legs were feeling it, but I knew I had to back up again after that, we all know that's how the Olympics go."
The British and New Zealand had an epic battle, with Great Britain breaking the Olympic record in qualifying and the New Zealanders lowering it again in round one.
The British then rode 42.440 to break the Olympic mark once more and beat New Zealand's 42.542.
Great Britain had not won any world championship medals in the event since winning the gold medal at the London Olympics.
NZ came to Rio as reigning world champions and had finished first or second at every worlds since 2013.
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