Events

Track worlds: U.S. women smash team pursuit qualifier

A young American team of Sarah Hammer, Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, and Kelly Catlin breaks U.S. team pursuit record at worlds.

The Americans┬ádelivered a head-turning performance in women’s team pursuit qualifiers Thursday at UCI Track World Championships in London. The four-women squad of Sarah Hammer, Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, and Kelly Catlin qualified first in the team event and also broke the event’s national record by more than five┬áseconds.

Canada slotted into second place in qualifiers, 4.484 seconds distant of the U.S.’s 4:16.180 mark, while New Zealand was third, a fraction of a second slower in the four-kilometer test.

Hammer, a seven-time track world champion and Olympic medalist, is captain of the young team. Dygert, a two-time junior world champion on the road in Richmond, Virginia, is 19 years old, while Catlin and Valente are 20 and 21, respectively.

Australia’s four-women team of Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure, and Ashlee Ankudinoff holds the world record in women’s team pursuit, having ridden 4:13.683 in last year’s track worlds in France.