Rebecca Romera flying to gold at the World Champs earlier this year

Rebecca Romera flying to gold at the World Champs earlier this year

Wendy Houvenaghel clocked the fastest time of qualifying for the women’s Olympic individual pursuit on Friday to further boost Britain’s medal chances. Rebecca Romera in turn clocked the second fastest time of the day.

Houvenaghel, a bronze medal winner at world level, clocked 3min 28.4sec for the 3km race against the clock to claim her place in the first round alongside reigning world champion and teammate Rebecca Romero.

The British duo’s performances have raised the bar for the likes of American Sarah Hammer and Australian Katie Mactier. Hammer, who gave up the first of her two world titles to Romero at the world championships in March, could only finish fifth fastest in a time of 3:35.471.

Mactier, a silver medallist in the event at Athens, finished seventh fastest from the field in a time of 3:38.178.

Ukrainian Lesya Kalitovska meanwhile boosted her medal chances by finishing third fastest in 3:31.942, with New Zealand’s Alison Shanks fourth. Vilija Sereikaite of Lithuania was sixth while Lada Kozlikova of the Czech Republic did enough in her ride to qualify last of the field, depriving Switzerland’s Olympic road bronze medallist Karin Thürig.

The first round of the women’s pursuit will be held Saturday. The four fastest times from that round give entry to the medals rounds.

  1. They didn’t just qualify fastest; they qualified BADDEST.

  2. Craig says:

    @Messenger of Doom – I have to agree – the racing has been superb. Today was just exhilarating!

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