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Lithuanian shatters Meares' 500m world record

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Cycling News
Published:
March 26, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
June 04, 2009, 13:59 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, March 26, 2009
Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

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Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite stunned the crowd at the UCI World Track Championships in Pruszkow,...

Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite stunned the crowd at the UCI World Track Championships in Pruszkow, Poland, by winning the women's 500m time trial with a new world record, 33.296 seconds. Krupeckaite, winner of the event at the Cali and Beijing World Cups, posted a blazing 54.06 km/h pace to shatter Australian Anna Meares' world record by 0.292 seconds.

Meares took second with a 33.796, while Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton was third, with 34.102. Defending World Champion Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) was a distant seventh.

The previous mark, 33.588 seconds, was set by Meares at the 2007 World Championships in Mallorca, Spain. Krupeckaite's new record of 33.296 seconds is nearly four-tenths of a second faster than her winning time set in Cali last December.

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