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New Zealand's Shanks wins women's individual pursuit

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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 (NZL) celebrates in style

Alison Shanks (NZL) celebrates in style
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Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) rode into the bronze in the individual pursuit

Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) rode into the bronze in the individual pursuit
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Alison Shanks (NZL) was just too strong to take the gold

Alison Shanks (NZL) was just too strong to take the gold
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Amy Cure (AUS) racing in todays qualifying heats

Amy Cure (AUS) racing in todays qualifying heats
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Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) racing in Melbourne

Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) racing in Melbourne
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Joanna Rowsell (GBR) showed good form

Joanna Rowsell (GBR) showed good form
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Kiwi favourite Alison Shanks (NZL) rode to a record time on Australian soil

Kiwi favourite Alison Shanks (NZL) rode to a record time on Australian soil
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Caroline Ryan (IRL) on the start line

Caroline Ryan (IRL) on the start line
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Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) put in a fast time in the heats

Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) put in a fast time in the heats
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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) TeamResult
1Alison Shanks (New Zealand)0:03:30.199
2Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)0:03:32.340

Bronze Medal Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)0:03:33.593
2Amy Cure (Australia)0:03:33.642

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

 

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