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Pursuit - Houvenaghel dominated in Melbourne 


Race Writeup

Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) made the long trip to Melbourne and it paid off. Houvenaghel was pushed right to the final 1000m of the 3000m event by Alison Shanks (NZL) the 2008 World champion. Houvenaghel, had to dig deep and having gone out hard finished strongly to win gold.

In the ride for Bronze Josie Tomic (AUS), started fast, but the Ukrainian, Leysa Kalitovska pulled back with a few laps remaining.

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Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) dominated the pursuit event, "I have had a good couple of years where I have established myself in the women's individual and team pursuiting events. The strength is there and it just keeps getting better. It is very encouraging and nice to see," said Houvenaghel.

Alison Shanks (NZL) was riding in the World Championship jersey for the first time and was asked if she felt a greater level of pressure as a result of this. "I don't thinks so. Pursuiting is about putting out there what you have on the day. What a great race from Wendy today. It was so much fun. We are a lot further ahead , it is a long season ahead with Worlds and then the Commonweath Games, which are important to us Kwis," said Shanks. 

Shanks was asked if it was possible to get to the World record set by compatriot Sarah Ulmer in Athens, "It must be possible, Sarah set the time. The conditions would have to be perfect to do it though. who know what might happen in the future," she added.

Leysa Kalitovska (UKR) has improved over the last two years. Her Olympic campaign was successful and the world cup events so far have been great. "I am so happy, I am getting better each year. I hope to improve over the next six months to get a Gold medal in Copenhagen," said Kalitovska.

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Position Name Country/Team Time Km/Hr
GOLD HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR 3:33.771 50.521
SILVER SHANKS Alison NZL 3:34.133 50.435
BRONZE KALITOVSKA Lesya UKR 3:38.047 49.530
4 TOMIC Josephine AUS 3:42.056 48.636
5 VAN DIJK Eleonora NED
7 SANDIG Madeleine GER
9 D'HOORE Jolien BEL
10 GEIST Kimberly USA
11 KELLY Helen RDN
12 KONDEL Victoria RUS
13 LEE Min Hye KOR
14 WONG Wan Yiu Jamie HKG


World Cup Standings

Position Name Country/Team Manchester Melbourne Total
1 HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR 12 12 24
2 TOMIC Josephine AUS 10 7 17
3 SHANKS Alison NZL 10 10 20
4 TREBAITE Ausrine LTU 4 5 9
5 KALITOVSKA Lesya UKR 8 8 16
6 KOEDOODER Vera NED 8 8 16
8 VAN DIJK Eleonora NED 6 6 12
9 KOZLIKOVA Lada CZE 6 6 12
10 JOOS Verena GER 5 5 10
11 SANDIG Madeleine GER 4 4 8
12 SCHNIDER Pascale SUI 3 3 6
13 CHANTZI Elissavet GRE 3 3 6
14 D'HOORE Jolien BEL 2 2 4
15 KONDEL Victoria RUS 2 2 4
16 GEIST Kimberly USA 1 1 2
17 JASINSKA Edyta POL 1 1 2



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