Track Cycling World Championships: Joanna Rowsell to race for individual pursuit gold

Last Updated: 28/02/14 8:45pm

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Joanna Rowsell qualified second fastest behind Sarah Hammer

Joanna Rowsell qualified second fastest behind Sarah Hammer

Joanna Rowsell will get the chance to win her second gold medal of the Track Cycling World Championships in Colombia on Friday night after qualifying second fastest in the women's individual pursuit.

The 25-year-old, who was part of Britain's victorious team pursuit quartet on Thursday, navigated the 3km distance in a time of 3min 30.610sec and will now race for the world title against defending champion Sarah Hammer, who stopped the clock 0.9 seconds quicker.

Rowsell's fellow Briton and team pursuit team-mate Elinor Barker missed out on a place in the medal finals after qualifying ninth fastest in 3:41.609. Australia's Amy Cure was third fastest and will race Ukraine's Ganna Solovei for bronze.

In the women's individual sprint, defending champion Becky James will face friend and fellow Briton Jess Varnish in the quarter-finals.

Having qualified second fastest, James saw off the Netherlands' Shanne Braspennincx in the first round and then Australia's Stephanie Morton in the second to secure her place in the last eight.

All-British showdown

Varnish took a longer route to the quarters. After qualifying sixth fastest and then easing through the first round, she lost to ten-time world champion Anna Meares in the second round, but sealed progress by winning her repechage heat.

The third Briton in the event, Victoria Williamson, who qualified fifth fastest, also lost in the second round but was unable to win her repechage and has been eliminated.

In the men's omnium, Britain's Ed Clancy made the perfect start by winning the first of the six events, the flying lap.

The 28-year-old was the only man in the field to complete the 250m dash in under 13 seconds as he posted a time of 12.806 seconds.

However, he dropped down to sixth overall after finishing 13th in the second event, the points race, which was won by France's Thomas Boudat. Spain's Unai Elorriaga is the new leader.

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