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Rebecca Wiasak Collects Silver in Manchester World Cup

Less than twenty-four hours after the pair faced off in the team pursuit competition, Canberra’s Wiasak faced Great Britain’s Joanna Rowsell in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit final on the 3rd of November.

It was a close affair over the first 2000m between the two fastest qualifiers, with Rowsell holding a narrow two-tenths of a second lead heading into the final kilometre.

Over the final few laps, the Olympic champion showed her class, powering home to cross the line in 3mins 34.341sec, over one second ahead of Wiasak (3:35.629).

“It’s a strange feeling to lose a race but still win silver,” said Wiasak. “I am naturally a little disappointed but was in emergency three weeks ago with concussion after a crash, so to be on the podium today was pretty special.

“It has been a big couple of days with a heat and final in both the team and individual pursuit so I am very pleased to come away with two medals.

“I still feel so raw on the track and have lots of improving to do technically which is actually very promising. It has been a fantastic experience and given me the drive and hunger to be a better athlete.”

From Cycling Australia Website