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By Ben Delaney
World individual pursuit champion Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling) set a national record in a qualifying ride on day two of the Los Angeles World Cup.
Hammer turned a 3:32.058 on Saturday to beat the old mark of 3:32.865, which she set in October at the 2006 track national championships.
The record-breaking ride followed Hammer’s victory in the points race the night before.
“I really didn’t expect to break the record after doing the points race last night,” Hammer said while getting her legs rubbed down after the effort. “It wasn’t a good ride, legs-wise. I was hurting. But the goal here was really to win the points race and mark a claim there to show I’m going to be very competitive in that at the world championships.”
At last year’s World Cup in Los Angeles, Hammer won the individual pursuit with a time of 3:37.799. She is the obvious favorite for the medal in the final round against Germany’s Verena Joos Saturday night.
Until Hammer came along, Rebecca Twigg’s mark of 3:36.080 had stood since 1995.
Sarah Ulmer of New Zealand holds the women’s world individual pursuit record of 3:24.537.