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Duanesburg's White helps Team USA advance to first round

Duanesburg's White helps Team USA advance to first round

Americans competing at UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin
Duanesburg's White helps Team USA advance to first round
Emma White, right, of Team USA Cycling during a clinic in Delmar last summer.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Team USA got off on the right foot in qualifying at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday.

The Americans, including Duanesburg High and Union College graduate Emma White, posted the fastest time among the 12 nations competing in the women's team pursuit category at the Velodrome.

The 22-year-old White teamed up with Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert and Lily Williams for a time of 4:11.229, .642 seconds ahead of the next fastest, Great Britain.

In a phone interview last week, White listed Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada as top teams the Americans would be facing, and Team USA will get the fourth-fastest in qualifying, New Zealand, in the last of four first-round heats at noon ET on Thursday.

The other pairings are Italy-Germany in Heat 1, Australia-Ireland in Heat 2 and Great Britain-Canada in Heat 3.

The medal round will take place at 2 p.m.

Of the 12 nations competing, France, Belgium, Poland and Belarus missed the cut into the first round.

Australia won the women's team pursuit gold medal at worlds in Poland last year, stopping a three-year winning streak for Team USA, with Great Britain taking the silver and New Zealand taking the bronze. White was on that 2019 team, which was seventh in qualifying and lost to Germany in the first round.

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