Finals - Round 1
In an exciting morning of action, it
looked like local rider Kate Mactier would break the newly-set
World Record. Leontien Zijlaard van Moorsel's pursuit reign is
over and Emma Davies was swallowed up, spat out and then came back
for more from Sarah Ulmer........
In the first heat, Elena Tchalykh beat
van Moorsel by 2 seconds, although it is fair to say that the
Dutchwoman appeared to relax in the final lap. This was enough to
send Tchalykh into the ride off for bronze, courtesy of her
Fastest 2 winners go through to the final
tonight, the other 2 winners go through to the ride off for
In the second heat, Katie Mactier had the
crowd well and truly behind her as she chased Karin Thurig around
the 12 laps of the track. With 2 laps to go, it looked like
Mactier was on World Record pace, but she slowed and finished with
Another Australian rider stepped up in
the third heat, where Kate Bates took on Olga Slyusreva. It was
not to be a dream double, though of Australian finalists as the
Russian won in 3:35.736. This was only enough to put her into the
ride-off for bronze against her compatriot, Tchalykh.
The last qualifying round saw Sarah Ulmer
confidently (and who wouldn't be after yesterday's World Record
ride) face Britain, Emma Davies. Davies never looked like she was
in the race and when Ulmer caught her it looked to be all over.
However, with 1 1/2 laps to go, Davies fought back and even
looked like she was going to re-take Ulmer as Davies took the bell
(1/2/ lap for Ulmer). She didn't manage it, however and Ulmer
finished with a fast 3:31.083, whilst Davies was merely recorded
as "overlapped" - International Cycling Union (UCI)
speak for 'lapped'.
The finals Friday night (Session 5) look
like this :
Elena Tchalykh (RUS) vs Olga Slyusareva
Sarah Ulmer (NZ) vs Katie Mactier (AUS).
The sprint 1/16s were a fairly orderly
affair until the last heat, where Chinese rider Cuihua Jiang strayed
wildly from her line and took Jennie Reed off. This was at the end
of the final bend and the American slid to the bottom of the
track. It took a while to extricate her from her bike - her feet
were double-strapped into the pedals as is common with sprinters. Before
Reed stood up, Jiang had been disqualified from the heat. German
Susan Panzer was warned for deliberately riding on the blue band
inside the track-proper.
Other riders to win their heat were
S Grankovskaya (RUS)
A Meares (AUS)
S Krupeckaite (LTU)
N Tsylinkskaya (BLR)
Y Hijgenaar (NED)
L-A Muenzer (CAN)
T Abassova (RUS)
V Pendleton (GBR)
The losers went into the repechages...
1/16 Final Repechage
of the repechages (winners go into 1/8 finals Session 5) :
Katrin Meinke (GER) beat
Yongua Jiang (CHN)
Panzer again left her line and again finished the race on the blue
inner-track. As a result, she was relegated to third and Oxana
Grishina (RUS) was awarded the win.
Daniela Larreal (VEN) beat Elisa Frisoni
(ITA) and (newly crowned World Keirin Champion)