Not only did American Chloe Dygert win the world track cycling championship title on Saturday, she also broke the women’s 3000-meter individual pursuit world record. Twice.
The 21-year-old finished the race in three minutes, 20.072 seconds in the qualifying round in Apeldoorn, which is more than two seconds faster than the previous mark of three minutes, 22. 269 seconds set by Sarah Hammer in 2010.
But she’s not done yet. In the final, Dygert was even quicker at three minutes, 20.06.
Dygert had to pay tribute to her friend, Hammer, who already retired in September after winning the world pursuit championship five times.
“Not having Sarah here was strange — she’s been to every world championship with me,” Dygert told reporters. “But I had a call with her before my final ride and that gave me a little bit of extra energy.”
Strange as it sounds, Dygert may even be a little disappointed with her final time.
“We had a little faster goal and I was really hoping to get that, but coming away with a little faster than my ride this morning is still great,” she said.
She’s already looking forward to another cycling race since Dygert is excited to break her own record this time.
Since coming into the scene in 2013, Dygert has been laying waste to the competition.
She finished first in the road race and first in the time trial at the 2015 UCI Junior Road World Championships, she also finished first UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the team pursuit, and first in both the team and individual pursuit in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
Also last year, she finished first in the Panamerican Cycling Championships Time Trial, first in both team and individual events in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup-Los Angeles.