Shanks wins first world title in women's pursuit

New Zealand's Alison Shanks

New Zealand's Alison Shanks (Image credit: Gerry McManus)

New Zealand's Alison Shanks, making her first appearance in a world championship final, won the gold medal in the women's individual pursuit on the opening night at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Pruszkow, Poland. The 26-year-old Shanks covered the 3000m distance in 3:29.807 to defeat Beijing Olympic silver medalist Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain), the fastest in qualifying, by more than two seconds.

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