Houvenaghel wins bronze medal at British Championships

Wendy Houvenaghel
Wendy Houvenaghel picked up another medal in Manchester

Northern Ireland cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel took bronze in Thursday's individual pursuit event at the British National Championships in Manchester.

With Joanna Rowsell taking gold ahead of Laura Trott, Houvenaghel held off Sarah Storey in the bronze medal race.

Houvenaghel clocked 3:32.263 which left her almost a second ahead of Storey, who had the consolation of breaking the C5 Paracycling world record.

Rowsell won the final in 3:30.474 - almost three seconds clear of Trott.

Britain's track cyclists are entering the final phase of their battle to reach the London 2012 Olympics at this week's event in Manchester.

Many riders are targeting a place in the GB team for February's 2012 test event at the new Olympic velodrome.

Next month's European Championships in the Netherlands and the 2012 World Championships in Melbourne are other key dates for the British team.

The London test event doubles as a major World Cup event and carries Olympic qualifying significance - as well as providing a first opportunity to race on the 2012 track.

This week's racing in Manchester will help to determine the team for the European Championships, with the most important races in Olympic categories being staged from Friday to Sunday.

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