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Womenís Team Pursuit world record goes to American

Aguascalientes, Mexico May 12, 2010

Womenís Team Pursuit world record goes to American as well

Just a day after Sarah Hammer set a new World best time in the Individual Pursuit, she helped her teammates, Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./ATF Empire Coaching Systems) and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co. Twenty 12) set an official new world record in the three-kilometer team pursuit on their way to winning the gold medal in womenís event at the Pan American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico on May 12. 

Their time of 3:19.569 is nearly two seconds faster than the previous record of 3:22.552 set by New Zealand's Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships on March 3rd of this year. With that time, the newly formed American women's team pursuit became the first to break the renowned 3:20 mark. 

"There are fantastic team pursuit programs all around the world and itís an honor to be considered one of the best," said USA Cycling Coach Benjamin Sharp. "Our qualifying ride was a little shaky but we knew we could go faster. Of course it was a disappointment to be so close to the world record in the qualifying round but, it was also confirmation to be so close with a less-than-perfect performance. I am immensely proud of this team. The riders, the coaches and the staff should all be very proud of what they have done over the past eight months." 

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