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Local cyclist Whitten takes gold at world championship in Denmark

Tara Whitten saved her best performance for last yesterday, earning her a gold medal at the track cycling world championships in Ballerup, Denmark.

Tara Whitten saved her best performance for last yesterday, earning her a gold medal at the track cycling world championships in Ballerup, Denmark.

Whitten, an Edmonton native, secured her second gold medal by winning the women’s point race final on the last day of the event.

The 30-year-old also won the omnium event on Saturday, and said she was surprised to get a second gold.

“I didn’t think I had anything left after winning the women’s omnium yesterday, so I’m thrilled,” she said.

Whitten earned 36 points to beat second-place Lauren Ellis of New Zealand by three points. Tatsiana Sharakova from Belarus took the bronze.

A former cross-country skier, Whitten only began cycling in 2008.

She found immediate success in her new sport winning the points race and individual pursuit at the Canadian National Track Championships that year.

She also took the bronze medal in the scratch race and 500 metre time trial events.

The men’s and women’s omnium will debut at the 2012 Olympics in London, England.

Whitten was ninth in the women’s pursuit on Wednesday.