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Hungry Houvenaghel in pursuit of golden World double

Wendy Houvenaghel begins her quest for two World Championship gold medals this afternoon at the Ballerup Velodrome in the Copenhagen suburbs.

The Upperlands rider will compete in the 3km individual pursuit today with the team event tomorrow.

Houvenaghel is the current Olympic and World silver medalist in the individual event but this may be her last opportunity to win that elusive gold.

As it’s no longer an Olympic discipline Great Britain see no point in entering and there will be no representative in the men’s pursuit this week, an event they have dominated over the last decade.

However Houvenaghel has been granted permission to compete although as the London Games move closer the emphasis will shift to the team pursuit in which she is going for a hat-trick of world titles tomorrow.

“I’ve obviously had a lot of success in the individual pursuit over the last few years so its important to me personally to actually compete in it. An individual gold medal has been a big focus for me for four years now, I am in good form and now I have another opportunity. However as it’s no longer an Olympic event my priority lies with the team pursuit. I appreciate the situation,” she said.

Houvenaghel was beaten in last years final by New Zealander Alison Shanks whose recovery time from the qualifying to the final was better and that’s an element in her training that Wendy has been working on.

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