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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Britain's Romero wins women's cycling pursuit

Associated Press

BEIJING -- World champion Rebecca Romero has won the gold medal in women's cycling's individual pursuit, beating Wendy Houvenag hel in an all-British final.

Romero, who won a rowing silver medal at the Athens Games and is the first British woman to win Olympic medals in two sports, finished the 3,000 meters on Sunday in 3:28.321, about two seconds better than her countrywoman.

Lesya Kalitovska of Ukraine beat New Zealand's Alison Shanks in the bronze medal race, finishing in 3:31.413.

Britain now has eight track cycling medals in Beijing and is favored in four of the five remaining velodrome events.