American Jennie Reed qualifies for women's sprint semis

Will race against Britain's Victoria Pendleton Saturday

American Jennie Reed assured herself a chance at earning a second medal for the United States at the 2008 International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships by advancing to Saturday's semifinals of the women's sprint.

Reed was perfect through her preliminary heats on Friday to set up a head-to-head semifinal match against defending world champion, Great Britain's  Victoria Pendleton. If Reed wins her semifinal heat, she'll advance to the gold-medal final to face either Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite or China's Guo Shuang. If she loses, she'll compete for the bronze medal.

In the flying 200-meter qualifying round, Reed earned the ninth seed with a mark of 11.283 seconds.  In her ensuing 1/16 final round against Australia's Kaarle McCollough, Reed advanced with a convincing win to earn a trip to the 1/8 finals where she faced Russia's Oksana Grishina.  

After another solid race, Reed headed to the quarterfinals against the winner of Wednesday's 500-meter time trial, Cuba's Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez. In the best-of-three format that begins with the quarterfinal round, Reed took two straight rides from Rodriguez to advance to the semifinals.

© BikeRadar & USA Cycling 2008 

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