Britain's Rebecca Romero faces American Sara Hammer

Battle with reigning champ Hammer carbon copy from 2007

Britain's Rebecca Romero will battle reigning world champion Sarah Hammer for the women's individual pursuit title at the world track cycling championships Thursday.

It means the medal round for the women's 3km event is a carbon copy of last year's world championships in Mallorca, where Romero won the silver after Hammer posted a winning time of 3:30.213.

Romero, a former top rower, set a new British record of 3:29.953 to top the qualifying session.

Hammer, of the United States, had been leading the race early but fell to Romero in the closing stages and had to rally to finish second fastest in 3:31.041.

Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel finished third fastest in 3:31.753 and will meet Australia's 2005 world champion Katie Mactier in the bronze medal match-up.

In 2007 Mactier dominated Houvenaghel in the battle for third place to take her second consecutive bronze medal.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008

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