American Hammer beats Romero to keep crown

Updated: March 30, 2007, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain -- Sarah Hammer of the United States kept her title in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit Friday, beating Rebecca Romero of Britain at cycling's world track championships.

Hammer finished in 3 minutes, 30.213 seconds -- 3.196 seconds ahead of Romero. Katie MacTier of Australia was third in 3:36.306.

Chris Hoy of Britain won a Keirin race marred by a high-speed accident involving China's Oi Tang and Canada's Travis Smith. Both riders were taken to Miramar Hospital in Palma, where Tang was treated for scrapes and bruises and Travis for a suspected pelvic fracture.

Theo Bos of Netherlands finished second and Ross Edgar of Britain was third.

In other events, Edward Clancy, Thomas Geraint, Paul Manning and Bradley Wiggins won the team pursuit for Britain, finishing in 3:57.468. They were 5.812 seconds ahead of Ukraine's Lyubomyr Polatayko, Maksym Polischyuk, Vitaly Popkov and Vitaly Schedov.

Denmark's Casper Jorgensen, Jens-Erik Madsen, Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussen claimed the bronze in 4:04.093.

Wong Kam-po of Hong Kong won the 15-kilometer scratch. Wim Stroetinga of the Netherlands was second and Rafal Ratajczyk of Poland was third.

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