Taylor Knibb wins U.S. time trial championship and qualifies for Olympic Time Trial

Taylor Knibb wins USA Time Trial Championship (picture: USA Cycling/Snowy Mountain Photography)

Taylor Knibb is an all-rounder next-level: after previously qualifying for the Olympic Triathlon in Paris already, she may now also look forward to competing in the Olympic Time Trial. That’s because yesterday Knibb won the American Pro Time Trial Championships.

Knibb had to push really hard for it, as it took her 41:54 minutes over 33.7 kilometers in Charleston, good for an average of 48.2 kilometers per hour. That put her ten seconds ahead of Kirsten Faulkner, who won a stage of the Vuelta Feminina this year and is now the runner-up at the American Time Trial Championships.

Knibb thus qualified with her victory for a second event at the Olympic Games in Paris, although there could be another one more. The Olympic time trial takes place July 27, five days before the individual triathlon, in which she is one of the candidates for a medal. Five days later there will also be the Mixed Team Relay triathlon, a discipline in which Knibb already won silver with Team USA in Tokyo and is now also one of the contenders for a entry slot.