Chloe Dygert extended her perfect world track cycling championships record with another world record, winning the individual pursuit in Berlin on Saturday.
Dygert, an Olympic team pursuit silver medalist, has entered seven career track worlds events and won all of them — all individual and team pursuits. The individual pursuit is not on the Olympic program.
In Saturday’s final, Dygert crushed German veteran Lisa Brennauer by 6.282 seconds, lowering her own world record for the second time on the day. She clocked 3 minutes, 16.937 seconds over 3000m.
“Last year I kind of had a goal to set [3:15] or a [3:16],” said Dygert, who missed last year’s worlds after a May 2018 concussion from a road race crash. “Today, I really wanted to get a 14, so I’m a little bummed, but I mean, to be able to win, is always good.”
Her career goal is to break 3:10 in the event.
“I’ve only been on the track for a short time now,” said Dygert, who won the world title in the road time trial on Sept. 24 to qualify for the Olympics on the road. “There’s some good gains to be made.”
Earlier in qualifying, Dygert broke her world record by clocking 3:17.283. She took nearly three seconds off her previous mark from 2018. Dygert has lowered countrywoman Sarah Hammer‘s 2010 record four times by a combined five seconds
Track worlds conclude Sunday.
NBC Olympics senior researcher Rachel Thompson contributed to this report from Berlin.
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