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Cycling - 28. March 2008.

Britain’s night is pure gold

Rebecca Romero showed she also had the Midas touch when she beat last year’s champion Sarah Hammer in the final of the women’s 3,000m individual pursuit. Romero has now won World championships in two different disciplines after she took the title in the world quad sculls rowing championships in 2005. Romero went off fast and continued in that vein during the final and had the American in her sights in the back straight with three laps to go. The London girl won comfortably by over six seconds and punched the air with delight. She had enough strength left to do an extra kilometre of celebrating in front of the home crowd. Katie Mactier had won the bronze medal earlier in the evening after she had beaten Britain’s Wendy Houvenaghel in their medal ride-off.


Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade made it three in a row for Britain as they scorched round the Manchester track to win the two lap team sprint event in 33.661 against China in the final. The British duo were marginally down after one lap but Pendleton put the hammer down to pull back the deficit and beat Jinie Gong and Lulu Zheng. Germany beat France to win the bronze medal.

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