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Dygert breaks pursuit record twice at cycling Worlds

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Chloe Dygert, left, pulls ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten on Saturday in the women’s individual pursuit final of the World Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

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The US’ Chloe Dygert on Saturday broke the 3,000m individual pursuit world record twice on her way to gold at the World Track Cycling Championships as she took her second gold of the week.

The 21-year-old was in a class of her own in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, as she demolished Dutch favorite Annemiek van Vleuten, the world road time trial champion, in a one-sided final.

She had broken Olympic teammate Sarah Hammer’s record in qualifying earlier and lowered it again in the final.

Kelly Catlin, who won gold alongside Dygert in the team pursuit, took the bronze medal.

Hosts the Netherlands also had to make do with silver in the women’s madison won in superb style by British duo Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson.

Nelson was only drafted in after Eleanor Barker’s crash in the omnium the previous day, but proved up to the task as her and Archibald won eight successive sprints to finish 15 points ahead of the Dutch duo of Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters.

Wild had been going for her third gold of the week.

For Nelson it was a first world title, having won silver with Barker in the madison last year in Hong Kong.

“It’s going to take a while for that to sink in,” she said. “It was really hard to see the scoreboard, so I just kept going as though people were one point behind us.”

In the men’s sprint final, Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer beat Britain’s Jack Carlin 2-0.

Carlin merely hoped to make the quarter-finals in his first World individual sprint race, and had to compose himself on the podium.

“I was very close to throwing up,” he said. “Throwing up during the Australian national anthem probably wouldn’t have gone down very well ahead of the Commonwealth Games [next month].”

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