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Catlin Clocks Third Fastest Individual Pursuit Time in History

By: Kelly Fox  September 02, 2018

Aguascalientes, Mexico- On the fourth day of the Pan-American Track Cycling Championships, U.S. riders brought their medal count up to eleven for the competition when the women took the track in the Individual Pursuit and Madison.

Reigning UCI Track World Championships Individual Pursuit bronze medalist Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn.) decisively took the gold medal with a time of 3:23.1, clocking the third fastest time in History in the Individual Pursuit.

"It was fantastic to have two USA jerseys on the IP podium, and our success from the team pursuit onward will certainly be a result of the entire team's incredible momentum at Pan-Ams. After all, it's almost impossible to slow down when you have an entire team cheering you on," said Catlin of the competition.

“We had another fantastic day today. Kelly Catlin rode the third fastest time in history in an individual pursuit with a 3:23 to take home the gold. That is an amazing achievement,” said Gary Sutton, USA Cycling’s Head Coach for their Women’s Track Endurance Program.

In the race for bronze, reigning national champion Jennifer Wheeler (Seattle), triumphed with a time of 3:34.

“It’s an honor to represent my country and stand next to Kelly, one of the world’s best, on the podium,” said Wheeler of her inaugural Pan-American Championships.

In the women’s Madison, the dynamic duo of Kimberly Geist (Allentown Pa.) and Christina Birch (Los Angeles) claimed the bronze medal.

When asked about the race, Birch and Geist agreed, “It’s great to start the Olympic qualification process with a podium. We raced as smart and as strong as we could.”

Mandy Marquardt and Daniel Holloway also had strong performances today both coming In 5th in their respective races, the Flying 500m and the International Omnium.

The Pan American Championships are held annually for member nations of the Pan American Cycling Confederation. Riders competing in the Pan American Cycling Championships are selected by their respective national governing bodies and provide another avenue for athletes to qualify for World Championships. A lineup of 10 men and seven women are representing Team USA over the five-day event, which started Aug. 29 and will run through Sept. 2, 2018 at the Aguascalientes Mexico at the Bicentennial Velodrome.

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