Hammer Wins 15th World Track Medal

  
  


The silver medal was Hammer's first in the points race
The silver medal was Hammer's first in the points race (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
(April 16, 2017) – Winning world championship medals is nothing new for Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo./Performance United – FELT), but the event she did it in on Sunday was.

The 33-year-old Hammer rode to the silver medal in the women’s points race on the final day of the 2017 UCI Track World Championships in Hong Kong. It was her first career medal in the event after switching focus to the mass start events for this year. Entering this year’s world championships, Hammer had seven medals in the individual pursuit, five in the omnium and two in the team pursuit.

Hammer battled with Great Britain’s Elinor Barker throughout Sunday’s race. Both riders took two laps on the field, with Barker taking points in five intermediate sprints to win the gold medal with 59 points, eight more than Hammer. Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands won the bronze medal.

"Hammer demonstrated why she is the champion she is," said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics.  "What an amazingly gritty performance."

Hammer’s performance wraps up a very successful world championships for Team USA. The squad won a total of four medals: gold in the women’s team pursuit, gold by Chloe Dygert (Bremerton, Wash./Sho-Air TWENTY20) in the women’s individual pursuit, the silver by Hammer in the women’s points race, and bronze from Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling) in the women’s individual pursuit.

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

Women’s Points Race
1. Elinor Barker (GBR) – 59 points
2. Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo./Performance United - FELT) – 51 points
3. Kirsten Wild (NED) – 35 points


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