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American cyclist takes two seconds off record as she becomes world champion.
Chloé Dygert sensationally smashed a seven-year-old world record by two seconds as she became Individual Pursuit world champion for a second time at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland. Here is all you need to know.
– Dygert, 21, first broke the record in the qualification heats of the 3,000 metre event – speeding around the track in three minutes, 20.072 seconds.
– In the final gold medal race against Dutch road time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Dygert broke the record once again with a blistering time of three minutes, 20.60 seconds.
– Her time was comfortably inside that of the previous record, three minutes, 22.269 seconds, set by compatriot Sarah Hammer at the Pan American Championships in Mexico, 2010.
– Dygert has won five world championships gold medals already in her career – the Team Pursuit in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the Individual Pursuit in 2017 and 2018.
– Dygert missed most of the 2014 season after tearing her ACL playing basketball.
– She first rose to prominence on the road in 2013, breaking through onto the world stage.