Sarah Hammer breaks 3000m pursuit record

3min22sec at Pan Am Cycling Championships in Mexico

American Sarah Hammer clocked what's expected to be verified as a world record in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit Tuesday at the Pan American Cycling Championships in Mexico, USA Cycling said.

Hammer finished in 3min, 22.269sec, more than 2sec faster than the mark set by New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) did not immediately confirm Hammer's time as the world record, although USA Cycling expects that to happen since it was set at a continental championships conducted under UCI rules.

Hammer's blistering time came in the qualifying round at Aguascalientes.

She went on to win the gold medal final.

© AFP 2010

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