Chloé Dygert broke the Individual Pursuit world record twice in a day. American cyclist took two seconds off the record as she became world champion.

Chloé Dygert sensationally smashed a seven-year-old world record by two seconds as she became Individual Pursuit world champion for a second time at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland. Here is all you need to know.

Dygert, 21, first broke the record in the qualification heats of the 3,000-metre event – speeding around the track in three minutes, 20.072 seconds.

In the final gold medal race against Dutch road time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Dygert broke the record once again with a blistering time of three minutes, 20.60 seconds.

Her time was comfortably inside that of the previous record, three minutes, 22.269 seconds, set by compatriot Sarah Hammer at the Pan American Championships in Mexico, 2010.

Dygert has won five world championships gold medals already in her career – the Team Pursuit in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and the Individual Pursuit in 2017 and 2018.

Dygert missed most of the 2014 season after tearing her ACL playing basketball.

She first rose to prominence on the road in 2013, breaking through onto the world stage.

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