World Track Championships
Day 1 - 500m TT & Individual Pursuit
Bordeaux, France - 15 - 17 April 2006
is a strange sport, in that everything depends on the time you make in the
heats to make the final. Sarah Hammer is a deserving winner of the Gold
medal but you have to feel sorry for Katie Mactier, as outgoing World
Champion she beat the time of the Gold medalist in her ride for Bronze
against Karin Thürig (SUI). Olga Slyusareva took the silver in a strong
ride showing her form for these championships.
Hammer on her win “I
am so pleased, this is the first world title for me, and for the US since
1996, I am so happy”
Katie Mactier although pleased with her Bronze medal she was obviously disappointed too. “It’s a big dent I have to remember it for 12 months because I am no longer the World Champion. Having said tha,t it only makes me hungrier to come back next year. I was happy with my time in that it would have given me the Gold medal had I ridden the same time in the qualifying round. Tonight was a confidence ride for me; I went back to my hotel room and refocused ready for tonight”
stadium was cool in the morning for the heats and the qualifying heats of
the Women’s Pursuit resulted in a disappointing result for the Australian
Mactier, as the young American Sarah Hammer qualified first, while Mactier
(AUS) missed the gold medal ride off by .12 of a second to Olga Slyusareva (RUS).
the fastest four riders going through, the first of the heats Emma Jones (GBR)
was up against the New Zealander Shanks in a re-run of the Commonwealth
Games Bronze Medal ride. Jones looked comfortable and not troubled by her
Olaberria Dorronsoro (SPN) posted one of the fastest times at the half way
point in her heat but unfortunately could not hold it to the finish.
Kleinmann (GER) also posted a quick time at the half way point but could not
hold it either.
Slyusareva who looked very lean and fit, posted a second best time at the
half way point and the best time a 2250m to finish in second place.
Hammer (USA) rode her best ever time to qualify in first place however it
was disappointing for Kate Bates (AUS) who only managed to qualified in 11th
place out of contention for the medals.
Houvenaghel (GBR) came to the championships after a disappointing
Commonwealth Games (disqualified) rode well and qualified in 5th
to ride was the current World Champion Katie Mactier (AUS), she posted the
fasted time at the half way point but unfortunately she could not hold the
pace dropping to third and in place to ride off for a bronze medal against
Karin Thürig (SUI)
Pursuit Qualifying Comments
Hammer chatting after
her qualification now has a chance to win the first track gold for the US
women since Rebecca Twigg in 1995. Hammer added that “I
feel no pressure to end the drought”, however, "not this year, maybe in the future, like I said, I'm only 22. When we
set out the goals at the beginning of the year, me and my boyfriend, my goal
was just to get in the medal rides. Fourth place, I would have been
satisfied. Although, doing my times at the World Cups, I had a little taste
of it, but I never thought I'd have to think about it. But now, I guess I
have to think about it!"
expects to ride much faster in the final; provided the temperature rises.
"Yesterday in training, it felt like a different track. Seven degrees is
what makes the difference. I definitely didn't feel fast. The track is not
fast now, and when I saw my time I didn't think it would be anything
Bates did not perform as well as
she would have expected today, she finished in eleventh place. Bates, always
smiling despite the result "I
can give you a million excuses, but I was just bad, really bad – not a
little bit bad. It's disappointing, but I just didn't have anything today
and I don't know why. I'll go back to my room and bang my head against a
wall for a while, but I've got a couple more races [at the championships]
and a lot more years, that's the nature of the sport. You have to take the
lows with the highs and you learn a lot more about getting what you want and
where you're at and from these moments. I've got the flu from hell, it's
cold in here and we're coming off the Commonwealth Games. I sort of have to
laugh, that's how bad I was. I don't think it was any one of those things. I
just had a shocker!"
reflected on her performance in relation to the points and scratch races
coming up. "If
I'd only been a couple of seconds off I'd be more worried," she said.
"I always say that when I'm mediocre I get worried. I'm not super
consistent: I have really good days or I have really bad days. So I'm not
confident I have bad form! After the Commonwealth Games I certainly had
pretty high expectations of myself [in the pursuit]. I don't think they were
unrealistic, it just didn't happen. So it's back to the drawing board, we'll
come back a year later and see if I can get it all together."
Thürig was very happy with her
me it was my goal, just the small final. I didn't do so much, just three
weeks of specific training because for me this year is also a year which my
main goal is the Ironman. I just wanted to participate here, it's a great
experience for Beijing, if you can race against the girls it's very
important; after, you know where you stand."
was a little surprised to discover who she would be riding against for the
Bronze medal, she had assumed that it would be Olga Slysureava and was
comparing her splits against the Russian's when told that her opponent would
be Katie Mactier her response was "Oh really? Oh, oh, really? I didn't know that, OK – against the world
champion, I will just do my race. I have to do my race, and really try to
fight the last k, because that's the hardest."
Tsylinskaya won the gold medal in a superb ride. Riding last she had a tough
challenge to beat the time of Anna Meares (AUS) who had rode hard to jump
into the lead.
Guerra Rodriguez finished in a credible Bronze medal place.
Tyslinskaya (BLR) was
exstactic about her win “ I
am very please and happy with this medal”
if it is hard riding last she added “ yes
it was, I knew I had to ride well, Anna (Meares) is always strong but I
started well and managed to hold it all the way”
Meares (AUS) always
gracious about her performance “I can’t be disappointed I have my main events to focus on so it can
only get better”
(CUB) at 19 has been riding since she was 11 and always dreamed of competing
at the World Championships. “I
am very please with my ride, to come third to the Olympic and World Champion
is very exciting”
Hijgenaar (NED) hoped
to ride well at these championships and she was very disappointed with her
10th place. “I
have been riding so well in training, I did a 19.3 for the first lap two
days ago, I don’t know what happened tonight, I did a 19.879. All year I
have been up and down at the World Cup events but tonight I was definitely
down. I can’t explain it, my legs are feeling good, I am at a loss.”
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