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September 29, 2022

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U.S. Team Pursuit Squad with San Diego Cyclist Qualifies Third

San Diego cyclist Jennifer Valente. Courtesy Team USA

 San Diegan Jennifer Valente helped the United States record the third-fastest time in qualifying for the women’s team pursuit Monday as track cycling events began at the Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. team was timed in 4 minutes, 10.118 seconds for the 4 kilometers at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka, Japan, 110 miles south of Tokyo. The time is determined by the third cyclist of the four-member team to cross the finish line.

The U. S. will race Great Britain at 11:44 p.m. Monday Pacific Daylight Time, with the winner advancing to race for the gold medal at 1:26 a.m. Tuesday. Coverage will be streamed live at stream.nbcolympics.com/cycling- track-womens-team-pursuit-mens-team-sprint-finals-more.

Great Britain posted the second-fastest qualifying time, 4:09.22. It returns three members of the team that won the gold medal in the event in 2016, including four-time gold medalist Laura Kenny, the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history.

The U.S. team of Valente, Chloe Dygert, Emma White and Lily Williams won the team pursuit at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the fourth time Valente was part of a world championship team.