McGregor sets target

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After twice breaking the British 3,000 metres record in 24 hours, the British pursuit champion Yvonne McGregor, nursing a broken shoulder, is not standing still, writes Robin Nicholl from Manchester.

Minutes after tightening her grip on the pursuiting scene yesterday with a British best of 3min 43.867sec, the world's fastest this year, and retaining her title at the National Cycling Centre track here, she was setting new targets.

"My aim is to go for 3:40 in the World Cup," she said. "I need a good time to send me off to the World Championships. The world record might take a bit longer to get. For now I must concentrate on rebuilding the strength in my shoulder."

It was injury that caused McGregor to switch to cycling. Chronic Achilles tendon trouble ended her 16 years as a runner, and her title win completed a remarkable year for the Bradford woman.

It began with the British pursuit title, followed by England's only cycling gold at the Commonwealth Games, then the British Best Allrounder time trial series, and in June the world one-hour record set here.

The defending champion, Wendy Everson, smashed her own championship 1,000m sprint record in the qualifying time trial. The RAF rider from Stourbridge covered the last 200m in 11.972secs to slice 0.16sec off her own 1994 record and beat her nearest rival, Hull's 1993 champion Sally Boyden, by more than half-a-second.

North Wirral Velo, chasing their third successive title in the 4,000m team pursuit, clocked 1min 4.7sec for the final kilometre, setting the fastest qualifying time of 4:26.58.