27 Mar 2009

Shanks wins world title

7:12 am on 27 March 2009

The Dunedin cyclist Alison Shanks has won the gold medal in the individual pursuit at the World Track Championships in Poland.

Shanks qualified second for the final, more than a second and a half slower than Britain's Wendy Houvenaghel, the silver medalist at last year's Olympics in Beijing.

Shanks was more than a second down after 1000 metres of the 3000 metre final, but powered home to record a personal best time of 3 minutes 29 seconds.... 2 and a half second ahead of Houvenaghel.

It is New Zealand's first world cycling title since Sarah Ulmer and Greg Henderson won in 2004.