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U.S. women finish second to Britain in team pursuit

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 24, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM EDT
2011 UCI track world championships

Sarah Hammer leads the team in qualifications. Photo: Casey B. Gibson

APELDOORN, Netherlands (AFP) – Britain won the women’s team pursuit gold medal after dominating the United States in the final at the world track cycling championships on Thursday.

The British trio of Laura Trott, Wendy Houvenaghel and Danielle King had qualified fastest in the morning session to give themselves a chance of handing the medal-shy Brits their first gold of the competition.

In a scintillating final they stepped up to the mark against the world record holders to claim a deserved gold in a time of 3:23.419.

The USA trio of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed finished second in 3:25.308 to take the silver with New Zealand beating Australia in the bronze medal match.

“I think sometimes it’s a little difficult to keep it in perspective after you lose, but we’re second best in the world and we made it into the gold medal final and that’s a huge accomplishment in itself,” said Hammer, a four-time individual pursuit world title holder, following the final. “We moved up from fourth last year, but it’s also leaps and bounds above what fourth equaled last year. It’s a great start to the week for me.”

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