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Valente Wins First Medal for Team USA at 2020 Track Worlds

By: Tom Mahoney  February 26, 2020

Jennifer Valente takes the silver medal in the Women’s Scratch Race, while she and the team pursuit squad set a new American record in the 4,000-meter team pursuit.

BERLIN – The 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships kicked off on Wednesday at the Velodrom Berlin. The day started with the team pursuit qualifications for the women, and then Jennifer Valente (San Diego; Sho-Air TWENTY20) took on the first individual event of the championships, the Women’s Scratch Race.

Valente would earn her first medal of these world championships with a photo finish between she, the Portuguese rider, Maria Martins, and British rider Laura Kenny. Valente raced the event smartly, watching the action and conserving energy through the first half of the race. During the next ten laps Valente would take pulls at the front of the pack testing the waters. During the final two-kilometers she would place herself at the front of the race, ensuring she was able to react to any changes in the race as they came up. Dutch rider Kirsten Wild would win the event.

“This was a great way to start off these championships for Team USA. Setting a new national record this afternoon with the team, and then taking home a silver medal tonight is a great feeling.”, said Valente. “With Tokyo as our next major event, having Berlin start like this is really positive.”

Lily Williams Emma White Chloe Dygert Jennifer Valente Team Pursuit Qualifying Worlds
The women's team pursuit during their qualifying rounds at the 2020 Track Cycling World Championships.

Earlier in the day, Valente and teammates Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.; Sho-Air TWENTY20), Lily Williams (Asheville, N.C.; Rally UHC Pro Cycling), and Emma White (Duanseburg, N.Y.; Rally UHC Pro Cycling) would race together for the qualifying rounds of the Women’s Team Pursuit. Starting in the eighth of twelve heats, the squad would work together to achieve a new American record of 4:11.229. That tie was 1.053 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The team pursuit squad will go into the first round of their competition tomorrow afternoon, where they will race against New Zealand in the fourth heat.

Also racing tomorrow will be Madalyn Godby (Lousiville, Colo.) and Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Penn.; Team Novo Nordisk) will take on the Women’s Sprints, starting with the 200-meter qualifying. Adrian Hegyvary (Asheville, N.C.; Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) will compete in the Men’s Scratch Race.

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For more about the 2020 UCI Track World Championships, please visit the event website at https://www.trackcycling-berlin.com/. The event schedule can be found here. Start lists and live timing can be found here.

All evening sessions will be live streamed on NBC Sports as part of the Gold Package. Below is an approximate schedule of times and events in the broadcasts.

  • Thursday February 27, 2020 12:30pm ET – Women’s Team Pursuit Round 1 & Finals, Women’s Sprint Rounds, Men’s Scratch Race
  • Fri. Feb. 28 12:30p ET – Women’s Omnium Events 3 & 4, Men’s Individual Pursuit finals, Men’s Points Race
  • Sat. Feb. 29 10:30am ET – Women’s Madison, Men’s Omnium Events 3 & 4, Women’s Individual Pursuit finals.
  • Sunday March 1 6:00am ET – Women’s Points Race, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Madison.

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