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World Track Championships 2010

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Pursuit Qualifying - Sarah Hammer is back to top form

 

Race Writeup

The pursuit qualifying was fast and Sarah Hammer (USA) set the fastest time of 3:27.826, just 3.3 seconds outside the World Record time held by Sarah Ulmer. 

Hammer went out fast and maintained her consistent pace throughout the 3000m ride. 

Qualifying to ride for the Gold medal was the silver medalist from 2009, Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR). Houvenaghel started slowly but managed to pick up her speed in the closing stages to finish in a time of 3:30.377. Houvenaghel will need to pick up her pace if she wants to beat the former World Champion in the final tonight.

Riding off for Bronze will be Alison Shanks (NZL) and Vilija Sereikaite (LTU). Shanks was holding second place right to the last 1000m and just fell behind to finish in a time of 3:31.259. Sereikaite completed her ride in 3:31.905.

Just out of the medals was Ellen van Dijk (NED). Van Dijk gave it everything but only managed a 3:33.704. A good time for the HTC Columbia riderbut not enough for a medal.

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Post Race Comments

Sarah Hammer (USA) is back to full form and dominating the Individual Pursuit. "I am totally stoked with that time. Going into the ride, I just thought, do what you can and go as fast as I can go. I finished first so I can't be any happier. I like the track, it is very fast. I was here in 2008, but they have cleaned up the boards and they are much quicker," said Hammer. 

Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) was very happy with her qualifying ride. "I am relived to get through to the final. You never really know what the competition of the conditions are going to be like until you get here. I stuck to what I know best, that is to concentrate on myself and that has put me in second place so I am pleased about that," said Houvenaghel. 

Ellen van Dijk (NED) gave it her all but could only managed 5th fastest. "I could not have done any more," said van Dijk. "I really thought that I had done enough to qualify but the last riders just went that much quicker. I have the Team Pursuit tomorrow, which may be my last chance for a medal this year. I did not qualify enough points to ride the Points race this year and I am reserve for the Scratch," added van Dijk.

Pascal Schnider (SUI) has moved from the road to the track, "I am excited to be here and I hope to rider well but I know this is my first year. The track looks great and is very fast," said Schnider. 

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Results  

Position Name Country Time km/hr
1 HAMMER Sarah USA 03:27.826 51.966
2 HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR 03:30.377 51.336
3 SHANKS Alison NZL 03:31.259 51.122
4 SEREIKAITE Vilija LTU 03:31.905 50.966
5 VAN DIJK Ellen NED 03:33.704 50.537
6 KALITOVSKA Lesya UKR 03:36.159 49.963
7 NIELSEN Jaime NZL 03:37.212 49.721
8 KOEDOODER Vera NED 03:37.466 49.662
9 WHITTEN Tara CAN 03:38.315 49.469
10 JIANG Fan CHN 03:38.519 49.423
11 SCHNIDER Pascale SUI 03:39.111 49.29
12 NA Ah Reum KOR 03:39.518 49.198
13 KENT Sarah AUS 03:40.779 48.917
14 JOOS Verena GER 03:41.092 48.848
15 RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ Dalila CUB 03:41.277 48.807
16 BECKER Charlotte GER 03:42.068 48.633
17 CHANTZI Elissavet GRE 03:44.802 48.042
18 TREBAITE Ausrine LTU 03:45.286 47.939
19 PIKAUSKAITE Vaida LTU 03:45.782 47.833
20 GALVEZ LOPEZ Debora ESP 03:46.051 47.776
21 CHANPENG Nontasin THA 03:54.945 45.968
22 WONG Wan Yiu Jamie HKG 03:59.093 45.17

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