Jennifer Valentewho in Tokyo became the first American to win Olympic gold in track cycling, added a world title in the same event, the omnium, on Friday.
“I achieved the Olympic dream before this one, but it was really on my mind for a long time,” she said, according to USA Cycling.
Valente, 27, won the world championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, a day after securing bronze in a separate elimination race, which is not on the Olympic programme.
The omnium, which made its debut at the Olympic Games in 2012, is an event consisting of four races that take place on the same day: the scratch race, the tempo race, the elimination race and the points race. For the first three races, the riders earn 40 points for a victory, 38 for the second and 36 for the third and on a decreasing scale.
In the final 80-lap points race, points are awarded for one sprint every 10 laps, including double points for the final sprint. Cyclists also earn and lose points by riding the course or being overtaken.
Valente trails the Dutchman by eight points Maike van der Duin enter the points race. She ended up winning by nine over van der Duin.
Valente, who won bronze at the world championships in this event in 2019, is the second American to win a world omnium title after Sarah Hammer in 2013 and 2014 (the last time an American won a world title in an individual track cycling event on the Olympic program).
Valente has already won four world titles in the team pursuit.
“The team gold medal is special in a completely different way,” Valente said, according to USA Cycling. “Every World Tag Team title I’ve won has been with a really special group of people. But it’s just a completely different experience.
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