Just a month before he represents the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games, 18-year-old Oakley track cyclist Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) earned a junior world championship in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit on Saturday as part of his final preparation for the Games. Meanwhile, joining Phinney on the medal stand was American Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa.), who earned a bronze medal in the scratch race.

Phinney, in South Africa as part of the U.S. National Team for the 2008 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships, clocked a winning time of 3 minutes, 23.759 seconds in the gold medal final to beat Australian Dennis Rohan and secure his first world title in the event.

The current junior world record holder in the event, Phinney earned the number-one seed earlier in the day with a mark of 3:20.264 in the qualifying round to set up a head-to-head ride against Rohan for the rainbow jersey. In the finals, Phinney finished nearly four seconds ahead of Rohan to earn his second career junior world championship. He’s also the defending champion in the time trial event on the road – a title he’ll defend on Friday.



July 15, 2008