Australian-Lithuanian Rebecca Wiasak rewrote track cycling history last night after securing the Women’s Individual Pursuit title at the UCI Track World Championships in Yvelines (outer Paris).
The 30-year-old became the oldest tournament debutant to win a gold medal for Australia by holding off her American opponent Jennifer Valente with an impressive time of 3:30.305.
Rebecca Wiasak pictured preparing for what would be her Gold medal winning race Aguascalientes, Mexico (December, 2013). Photo courtesy of UCI.

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9-year-old Edita Mazurevičiūtė also competed against Wiasak in the heats
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