Lithuanian shatters Meares' 500m world record

Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) (Image credit: AFP)

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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