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Houvenaghel through to final

April 8, 2012 08:40 am

Wendy Houvenaghel advanced to the final of the non-Olympic three-kilometre women's individual pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne as the second fastest qualifier.

Twice a runner-up in the World Championships, as well as claiming Commonwealth Games silver and second in the Olympics to team-mate Rebecca Romero in Beijing, Houvenaghel clocked three minutes 27.842 seconds to finish behind only New Zealand's Alison Shanks (3mins 27.268secs).

Houvenaghel missed out on a ride in the team pursuit as Britain won gold on day two and will meet Shanks - a familiar foe at world and Commonwealth level - in Sunday night's final.

Joanna Rowsell, who was part of the world record-breaking team sprint trio, finished in 3:31.187 to place sixth and miss out on a medal ride.

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