Valencia, Venezuela (May 22, 2007)—After capturing two gold medals on the opening day of competition at the 2007 Pan American Road and Track Championships Monday, the United States Cycling Team was kept off the podium on Tuesday in all three events that were contested to completion.
Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen), a last-minute replacement for world champion Sarah Hammer, came close to scoring a third medal for the U.S. with a fourth-place effort in the women’s individual pursuit. After qualifying for the bronze medal final earlier in the day, Day was paired against Dailia Rodriguez of Cuba in the head-to-head, three-kilometer race where she clocked a 3:58.370, a mark nearly four seconds slower than Rodriguez' 3:54.868.
In the women’s scratch race, Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.) was the top American performer, placing eighth, while Day placed 18th.
After winning the women’s keirin on Monday, Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) advanced to the semifinals of the women’s sprint.
2007 Pan American Road and Track Championships
Women’s Scratch Race
1. Elizabeth Agudelo (COL)
2. Jessica Jurado (MEX)
3. Janildes Fernandez (BRA)
8. Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.)
18. Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Maria Calle (COL) 3:51.747
2. Daniely Garcia (VEN) 3:52.854
3. Dalila Rodriguez (CUB) 3:54.868
4. Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 3:58.370
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