Taylor Phinney sets world record

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Thursday, June 19, 2008
By Yokota Fritz


Seventeen-year-old Taylor Phinney of Boulder, CO set a new junior world record during the USA Cycling Olympic Team Selection Camp in Los Angeles earlier this week. Phinney, the son of American cycling legends Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, set the record in the men's 3000-meter individual pursuit. The reigning junior world champion clocked a new record time of 3 minutes, 16.589 seconds to lower the previous record of 3:17.775 set by Australia's Michael Ford in 2004. He met the automatic time standard to earn a nomination to the Olympic Team in the elite distance of 4000 meters at the third round of the UCI Track World Cup series. The record attempt was part of Phinney's training program leading into next month's UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships in South Africa.

Jennie Reed of Kirkland, WA, who also has an automatic nomination to the US Olympic track team, attended the camp to prepare for the games, participating the 200 meter and 500 time trials. Reed set a new U.S. national record by completing the 500 meter distance in 29.662 seconds, just 0.007 seconds off the world record pace of 29.655 set by Erika Salumae of the Soviet Union in 1987.

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