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Chicago cyclist 7th in Paralympics

Chicago cyclist 7th in Paralympics
Fiona Southorn (left) of New Zealand competes against Greta Neimanas of the United States in the Women's Individual C5 Pursuit qualification round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Getty Photo)

Chicago cyclist Greta Neimanas finished seventh Thursday in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit, her first race at the 2012 Paralympics.

"Didn't have the race I wanted or that I can do," she tweeted.  "Sometimes it happens.  On to the next day & next race."

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Neimanas, reigning world silver medalist in the event, clocked 4 minutes, 3.20 seconds.  It took 3:49 to make the semifinals.

Sarah Storey of Great Britain, the favorite and eventual gold medalist, set a Para-cycling world record of 3:32.17 in the qualifying.  That was a slightly more than a second better than her old world record.

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Neimanas' next race is the 500-meter time trial Saturday.  She also will do two road cycling events next week.

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