Dygert Wins Gold, Catlin Takes Bronze in Individual Pursuit

  
  


Chloe Dygert poses with Sarah Hammer after winning the individual pursuit on April 15
Chloe Dygert poses with Sarah Hammer after winning the individual pursuit on April 15 (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
(April 15, 2017) – Chloe Dygert (Bremerton, Wash./Sho-Air TWENTY20) raced to her second rainbow jersey of the week Saturday at the 2017 UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong. Dygert won the women’s individual pursuit and nearly eclipsed Sarah Hammer’s (Colorado Springs, Colo./Performance United – FELT) world record in the process. She was joined on the podium by teammate Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling) who took the bronze medal.

“It’s really special, there are no words,” Dygert said in a television interview shortly after her win.

It indeed has been a special week for Team USA. Dygert and Catlin were two days removed from their thrilling victory in the women’s team pursuit with teammates Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.). Showing fresh legs in Saturday’s qualifying round, Dygert’s time of 3:22.920 was less than a second from Hammer’s world record (3:22.269) set in 2010. Catlin posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time (3:31.073) to advance to the bronze-medal showdown.

 
Chloe Dygert's qualifying time was less than a second from Sarah Hammer's world record
Chloe Dygert's qualifying time was less than a second from Sarah Hammer's world record (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
In the gold-medal final, Dygert’s time of 3:24.641 was more than enough to best Australia’s Ashlee Ankudinoff who clocked in at 3:31.784. Catlin had a closer race for the bronze, edging Rebecca Wiasak of Australia by less than a second. Catlin turned in a time of 3:30.365 to Wiasak’s 3:31.173.

History was also made on the track earlier in the day as Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law) and Kim Zubris (Alburtis, Pa./Long Tail Creative) competed for the first-ever women’s Madison at a Track World Championships. The duo placed eighth behind gold medalist Belgium, silver medalist Great Britain and bronze medalist Australia.

The Track World Championships conclude on Sunday with Hammer racing in the women’s points race. Visit tissottiming.com for live timing and schedules. The event will also be streamed live on httpnbcsports.com  and the NBCSN app. Coverage begins at 10:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

2017 UCI Track World Championships
Hong Kong
April 12-16, 2017
FULL RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY 

Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Chloe Dygert (Bremerton, Wash./Sho-Air TWENTY20)
2. Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS)
3. Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling)

Women’s Madison
1. Belgium (Lotte Kopecky & Jolien D’Hoore
2. Great Britain (Elinor Barker & Emily Nelson)
3. Australia (Amy Cure & Alexandra Manly)
8. USA (Kim Geist & Kim Zubris)

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