World Track Championships 2007
Palma, Majorca, Spain
Team Sprint Qualifying
the first event for women of the championships and the first time in a World
Championships, the Team Sprint was a hotly contested affair. The qualifying
session resulted in a gold medal final battle between fastest qualifiers
Great Britain who, with a time of 33.630, were the only team to break 34
seconds and the Netherlands who qualified in 34.071sec.
pairing of, Victoria Pendleton and new comer to the track, Shanaze Reade,
who has just come up from the junior ranks in BMX, stormed round the track
in a time of 14.325 for the first of two laps, to set up Pendleton to finish
in the lead spot.
The Australian pair of Anna Meares, 23, and Kristine Bayley, 23, qualified for the bronze medal final against France. The duo, who posted the third fastest time in qualifying of 34.155sec, ride off for bronze medal with a slight edge over their rivals, Sandie Clair and Virginie Cueff, who qualified in 34.314.
was happy with the Team Sprint qualification place and chatted after the
training has been going really well at the moment, the last few days I have
been happy with my time. The World Cup events have gone well, especially in
Manchester so I feel I am here in the best condition of my life.Ē
Asked if she was enjoying the new Team Sprint event she added, ďIt was good fun; it is nice to do a different event. It is great to have a team event for women; we never had this opportunity before. It was great to have someone as strong and the standard of Shanaze [Reade] in front of me. It was exciting going into this, I didnít feel any stress at all, and itís a great opportunity for Women to show what they can do. Shanaze has phenomenal power and speed that comes from her BMX background. She has only been doing the track for a couple of months, she is amazing and she is only 18. She can only get better. I am just worried that she will go faster and I wonít be able to get on.Ē
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