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Sarah Hammer becomes 40th athlete to qualify for 2016 U.S. Olympic team

Sarah Hammer

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Sarah Hammer of USA in action during her round of the 500m Time Trial Women’s Omnium during Day Five of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on March 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Sarah Hammer qualified for her third Olympic team and in Rio will hope to garner the first U.S. Olympic women’s track cycling title.

Hammer, who earned silver in the omnium and team pursuit at London 2012, became the first cyclist to make the U.S. team for Rio by earning omnium bronze at the World Championships at the 2012 Olympic velodrome on Sunday.

The 32-year-old also was part of the team pursuit quartet that captured Worlds gold on Friday, the first Olympic or World team track cycling title earned by Americans.

Hammer became the 40th athlete across all sports to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, which will grow to more than 500 members ahead of the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony.

The rest of the U.S. Olympic track cycling team will be named by March 18.

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