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UCI Track World Championships 2012

Date range:
April 4- 8, 2012

April 08, Women's Individual Pursuit: 3km

New Zealand's Shanks wins women's individual pursuit

By:
Bike NZ
Published:
April 08, 2012, 10:35 BST,
Updated:
April 08, 2012, 14:43 BST

Defeats Houvenaghel in the final, Ankudinoff wins bronze

Alison Shanks (NZL) waves to the crowd after her fast ride

Alison Shanks (NZL) waves to the crowd after her fast ride

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Alison Shanks celebrated her second rainbow jersey with an emphatic victory in the individual pursuit to seal New Zealand's most successful ever showing at the Track World Championships.

Shanks dominated her final of the 3000m individual pursuit over old adversary Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) to repeat the world championship title won in the same event in 2009.

Shanks, who set a new personal best of 3:27.268 to top the qualifying positions, was in front from the second lap. She stretched the gap to 1.5 seconds at the 2000m mark and was in complete control from that point, winning in 3:30.199 on the slower track, with the Northern Irish rider more than two seconds behind.

"When they came out with so many fast times in qualifying I thought man I have to make a PB just to make the final. I was absolutely stoked with my rides today," Shanks said.

"I've been world champ before but it is so hard to get. Once you have had that feeling once, you want it again even more.

"My rides in the TP (team pursuit) showed I had good form. All the data pointed to that but it was a matter of putting it out there. I haven't been focussing on the individual pursuit so it was a little bit of an unknown but my legs felt great today.

"It was totally like a home crowd. There were so many Kiwis that came over and gave me so much support.”

Results

Gold Medal Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 0:03:30.199  
2 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 0:03:32.340  
Bronze Medal Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia) 0:03:33.593  
2 Amy Cure (Australia) 0:03:33.642  
Qualifying results
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 0:03:27.268  
2 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 0:03:27.842  
3 Amy Cure (Australia) 0:03:28.474  
4 Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia) 0:03:28.869  
5 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:03:30.407  
6 Joanna Rowsell (Great Britain) 0:03:31.187  
7 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 0:03:33.612  
8 Elizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine) 0:03:34.471  
9 Caroline Ryan (Ireland) 0:03:34.515  
10 Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand) 0:03:35.286  
11 Jennie Reed (United States Of America) 0:03:35.359  
12 Lauren Ellis (New Zealand) 0:03:37.925  
13 Vera Koedooder (Netherlands) 0:03:38.099  
14 Venera Absalyamova (Russian Federation) 0:03:39.456  
15 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland) 0:03:39.519  
16 Eugenia Bujak (Poland) 0:03:39.610  
17 Madeleine Sandig (Germany) 0:03:40.156  
18 Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba) 0:03:40.371  
19 Maki Tabata (Japan) 0:03:44.501  
20 Minami Uwano (Japan) 0:03:44.644  
21 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania) 0:03:44.646  
22 Wan Yiu Wong (Hong Kong, China) 0:03:47.976