New Zealand’s Alison Shanks produced a fine performance to deny Wendy Houvenaghel the gold medal.
But the British rider did get her first World Championship medal in the individual pursuit.
Britain’s youngster Joanna Rowsell was also beaten in the bronze medal race, by the Lithuanian Sereikaite.
1 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)
2 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain)
3 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)
4 Joanna Rowsell (Great Britain)
Wendy Houvenaghel in the final
Houvenaghel, Shanks and Sereikaite on the podium
Britain’s Wendy Houvenaghel guaranteed her first World Championship individual pursuit medal after she topped the qualifying in the 3,000-metre event.
The Olympic silver medallist was part of the winning team pursuit trio in Manchester a year ago, but missed out on the bronze when she was beaten by Australia’s Katie Mactier in the solo event.
But she made certain of a medal, and is on course for gold, when she was the only rider to break the 3-30 barrier.
The gold medal final will be a repeat of her heat. Houvenaghel and Kiwi Alison Shanks had faced each other in the final heat of the afternoon qualifying session.
Earlier, Joanna Rowsell had seen her best time beaten by Vilija Sereikaite of Lithuania, and then both Houvenaghel and Shanks. It means Rowsell will race for bronze.
1 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 3-29.491
2 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 3-31.063
3 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 3-33.935
4 Joanna Rowsell (Great Britain) 3-35.028
5 Josephine Tomic (Australia) 3-37.780
6 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) 3-38.873
7 Tara Whitten (Canada) 3-38.962
8 Svitlana Galyuk (Ukraine) 3-40.413
9 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 3-41.176
10 Verena Joos (Germany) 3-42.611
11 Charlotte Becker (Germany) 3-42.821
12 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 3-42.930
13 Jolien D’Hoore (Belgium) 3-43.859
14 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic) 3-43.880
15 Ausrine Trebaite (Lithuania) 3-45.1
16 Dallia Rodriguez Hernandez (Cuba) 3-45.956
17 Olga Slyusareva (Russia) 3-47.161
18 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 3-47.636
19 Edyta Jasinska (Poland) 3-53.744
20 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 3-56.365
21 Nontasin Chanpeng (Thailand) 4-01.997
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