Wendy Houvenaghel named in Great Britain Olympic cycling team

Wendy Houvenaghel

Northern Ireland cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel has been named in the Great Britain squad for the London Olympics.

The 37-year-old is part of the Track Endurance section of the cycling team and she will be specialise in the team pursuit event, in which GB will have realistic hopes of taking a gold medal.

Houvenaghel won an individual pursuit silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

She faces a major battle to win a place in the three-woman British team which will take to the track this time round.

The Upperlands woman did not make the line-up for last month's World Championship final in Melbourne.

The British trio of Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott clinched gold in a world record time in Australia with Houvenaghel on the sidelines for the final win over the hosts.

Houvenaghel recently took victory in an Olympic individual time trial qualifying event held around Belfast, winning in a time of 48 minutes and 35 seconds.