Two and a half years after picking up track cycling, Chloé Dygert Owen is now a five-time world champion and a world-record holder.
The 21-year-old American repeated as individual pursuit gold medalist at the world championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on Saturday. She beat Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten in the head-to-head final. Van Vleuten came back from this dramatic Rio Olympic crash to win the world time trial title on the road on Sept. 17.
Dygert Owen broke Olympic teammate Sarah Hammer‘s seven-year-old world record in qualifying earlier Saturday and lowered it again in the final.
Earlier at worlds, Dygert Owen won her third straight world title in the women’s team pursuit. The U.S. foursome of Dygert Owen, Kelly Catlin (who took bronze Saturday), Kimberly Geist and Jennifer Valente beat Great Britain in the final.
The Brits relegated the Americans to silver at the Rio Games, where Dygert Owen became the first U.S. female teenager to take an Olympic cycling medal.
While the team pursuit is in the Olympic program, the individual pursuit is not.
Dygert Owen swept the individual 2015 World junior titles on the road before taking her first pedals on a track bike.
She was also fourth in the time trial at road worlds on Sept. 19.
Dygert Owen became a competitive road cyclist in 2013 and missed most of 2014 after tearing an ACL playing basketball that January.
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