Cycling

Wiasak wins world pursuit

Rebecca Wiasak (AFP)
Rebecca Wiasak (AFP)

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Rebecca Wiasak was a shock winner of the women's individual pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on Friday.

The 30-year-old, competing at her first ever worlds, broke the Australian national record in qualifying and then defeated Jennifer Valente of the United States in the final by three and a half seconds.

Valente was ahead through 750m but, from there on, Wiasak simply rode away from the American.

Australian Amy Cure took bronze for the second year in a row as she beat a disappointing Joanna Rowsell of Britain, the reigning champion.

Rowsell was well off the pace in the bronze medal race and finished almost three and a half seconds back.

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