Great Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel posted the second fastest individual pursuit qualifying time at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, this afternoon.
Houvenaghel's time of 3-30.377 means that she will now face fastest qualifier Sarah Hammer (USA) in the ride for the coveted rainbow jersey this evening.
Hammer posted an impressive qualifying time of 3-27.826, a new personal best - the only rider to go under the magic 3-30 mark.
Hammer won the individual pursuit world title in 2006 and 2007.
At last year's championships Houvenaghel qualified fastest but lost out on the gold medal to New Zealand's Alison Shanks - who qualified third fastest in Copenhagen today.
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Women's individual pursuit: 10 fastest qualifying times
1. Sarah Hammer (USA) 3-27.826
2. Wendy Houvenaghel (GB) 3-30.377
3. Alison Shanks (NZl) 3-31.259
4. Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) 3-31.905
5. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) 3-33.704
6. Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) 3-36.159
7. Jaime Nielsen (NZl) 3-37.212
8. Vera Koedooder (Ned) 3-37.466
9. Tara Whitten (Can) 3-38.315
10. Fan Jiang (Chn) 3-38.519
Wendy Houvenaghel cools down as she warms up
A massive effort starts off Wendy Houvenaghel's qualifying ride
Team GB's Paul Manning keeps an eye on the time for Wendy Houvenaghel
Sarah Hammer during her blisteringly fast qualifying ride
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