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29th Olympic Games - JO
Beijing, China, August 9-23, 2008
Event 7 - August 15: Women's Individual Pursuit Qualifying Round
More British domination in women's pursuit
By Laura Weislo
Great Britain continued its domination of the first day of track racing by putting both of its women at the top of the individual pursuit qualifying board. Wendy Houvenaghel clocked a 3'28.443 as the fastest time just ahead of the world champion Rebecca Romero, with the 20-year-old Ukrainian Lesya Kalitovska in third more than three seconds in arrears.
New Zealand's Alison Shanks was fourth fastest, pacing a bit better than Sarah Hammer (USA), who faded in the final kilometre. The former world champion will have a second chance at making the medals in Saturday's first round heats as will Lithuanian Vilija Sereikaite, Katie Mactier (Australia) and Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic). Road time trial bronze medallist Karin Thürig slipped just outside the next round in ninth.
"It was ugly for me personally," Hammer said of her qualifying heat. "That's not how I hope to feel. My body wasn't handling it today. Four laps in I was like, 'oh, this is not going to be fun.' It was just a bad day. I was a little nervous, so I'm lucky it's over three rounds."
The top eight riders will go head-to-head in Saturday's first round, where the fastest two will advance to the gold medal final on Sunday and the third and fourth best will contend for the bronze.
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1 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 3.28.443 (51.812km/h) 2 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain) 3.28.641 3 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) 3.31.942 4 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 3.34.312 5 Sarah Hammer (United States) 3.35.471 6 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 3.36.063 7 Katie Mactier (Australia) 3.38.178 8 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic) 3.39.561 9 Karin Thurig (Switzerland) 3.40.862 10 Maria Luisa Calle (Colombia) 3.41.175 11 Verena Jooss (Germany) 3.44.480 12 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania) 3.45.691 13 Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador) 3.56.849