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Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008

 

 

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Sprint

Finals

The 27-year-old was in a class of her own, winning the first two races of the best of three, with relative ease. She led out in the first race before outsprinting Meares and then gave Meares the chance to lead in the next but the result was even more emphatic. Pendleton took the Olympic title with a lead of several lengths over the gutsy Australian who overcame injury after a serious race crash in February.

China's Guo Shuang beat Netherlands' Willy Kanis to take bronze. Kanis really did not show the form that she had shown at the World Championship in March.

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Post Race Comments

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) was delighted to be part of the Gold medal successful that the rest of the British cycling team have experienced at the Beijing Games. ”It doesn't feel real yet," she told BBC Sport. "It hasn't sunk in yet. After the success of the team is it too much to ask if I don't get a medal? I'm so glad I'm part of it now” said Pendleton.  

The three-times world sprint champion then paid tribute to the team psychiatrist who lifted her spirits after she failed to win a medal at Athens 2004. "Steve Peters started working with me in Athens and I feel completely different now," she added. "I'm lucky to have so many good have people around me."

Anna Meares (Australia) had fought so hard to even get to the Olympic after a crash in the LA world Cup event left her with a broken neck. Meares now has a silver medal to add to the Gold and Bronze from Athens. She found it hard to hold back the emotions during her interview with the media. “I can't begin to tell you how much this means: said Meares. “It has been a tough run , when you get told you are two millimeters away from a life changing moment it changes you. I always believed that I could get back and this is incredible just to be here. To have a medal after that last few months is just incredible” said Meares.

Meares reflected on the support she has received to get back to racing. “There have been so many people around me that were so positive. They have been with me the whole way. This is the proudest moment for me.  I am the youngest of 5 children, the rest of them are at home watching, but my parents and husband are here with me to watch their youngest get a Silver medal at the Olympics, that’s amazing”

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Finals - Results

Position Name Country Time Time Time
Gold Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 11.363 11.118
Silver Anna Meares Australia
Bronze Shuang Guo China 11.42 11.617
4 Willy Kanis Netherlands
5 Clara Sanchez France 12.264 58.708
6 Natallia Tsylinskaya Belarus
7 Jennie Reed United States
8 Simona Krupeckaite Lithuania REL
9 Swetlana Grankowskaja Russia 12.192 59.055
10 Lisandra Guerra Cuba
11 Yvonne Hijgenaar Netherlands
12 Sakie Tsukuda Japan

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Semi Finals

The young Chinese rider at 22 looked composed against Anna Meares (Australia) in the first sprint. Meares allowed Guo the front and could not catch her when she turned on the speed. Guo took the first round. In the second round Meares pushed Guo to the top of the boards and again allowed Guo to the front albeit briefly. Meares moved round with two laps to go. Guo attacked with a lap and a half to go but Meares had enough to come round to force the decider.  

In the final sprint Meares moved to the front at the start but after one lap Guo lost her front wheel when Meares slowed suddenly. Guo crashed to the boards and the race was restarted. Meares moved to the front and picked up the speed with two laps to go. At 280m Guo moved too close to Meares in the sprinters lane and nearly hooked Meares under the arm. This caused Meares to wobble a little and lost pace to Guo. Guo won the sprint for the line but was later relegated for her actions.

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) never looked troubled in both of her races against Willy Kanis (Netherlands) Pendleton showed real dominance to secure her place in the ride for Gold.

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Semi Finals - Results

Position Name Country Time Time Time
1 Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 11.537 11.885
Willy Kanis Netherlands
2 Anna Meares Australia 11.578 11.617
Shuang Guo China 11.629 REL

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1/4 Round

In the first of the head to head sprint races British World Champion Victoria Pendleton was up against Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite. Despite all effort from Krupeckaite, Pendleton was too strong. In their second round the story was repeated. Pendleton, powered round the outside of Krupeckaite on the back straight and never looked troubled.  

Local champion, Shuang Guo was next up against the Belarussian Natallia Tsylinskaya. In both rounds Guo dominated although Tsylinskaya didn’t make it easy for her, forcing Guo right up on the banking at the bell and taking it right to the line on both occasions.  

Australian, Anna Meares was up next against her French rival Clara Sanchez. Meares cut it close on both occasions. In the first sprint Meares managed to come round Sanchez on the back straight and beat her on the line. In the second sprint, Meares pretended to attack with a lap and a half to go. She eased up and Sanchez took the opportunity to attack for home. Meares was too strong though and caught Sanchez on the line.

In the final match up, Dutchwoman, Willy Kanis was up against the American champion Jennie Reed. Reed seemed to lack the form that she had during the World Championships in March and Kanis made it look easy as she came round with 50m to go in both sprints.

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1/4 Round - Results

Position Name Country Time Time
1 Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 11.839 11.672
2 Simona Krupeckaite Lithuania
1 Shuang Guo China 11.501 11.627
2 Natallia Tsylinskaya Belarus
1 Anna Meares Australia 11.716 12.108
2 Clara Sanchez France
1 Willy Kanis Netherlands 11.944 11.767
2 Jennie Reed United States

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1/8 Round

The winner of each heat automatically qualified for a spot in the 1/4 finals, while the losers had to fight it out in the 1/8 Repechage.  

Victoria Pendleton was up against the Japanese rider Sakie Tsukuda. Tsukuda led from the front but could not match the speed of Pendleton.  At the bell Pendleton created a 20m gap across and moved into the quarterfinals. 

Anna Meares (Australia) was up against the Dutch rider Yvonne Hijgenaar. Hijgenaar led from the front, while Meares attacked from the top of the banking at 250m and Hijgenaar could not match her speed.

Clara Sanchez (France) was up against the stalwart of women’s sprinting Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus). Tsylinskaya led from the front but at the bell Sanchez had to work really hard to stay on the wheel of Tsylinskaya. Sanchez scrapped into the next round on the line, having been forced round the long way by Tsylinskaya’s speed.

Jennie Reed (USA) was up against Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania). Reed never looked troubled by the Lithuanian and easily moved into the ¼ finals.

In the match up between Dutch rider Willy Kanis and Lisandra Guerra (Cuba), Guerra won but was relegated for not holding her line in the sprint.

The local champion Shuang Guo raised the stadium during her race against the Russian Swetlana Grankowskaja. Guo never looked troubled and powered her way into the next round.

1/8th Repechage  

In the first of the repechage Natallia Tsylinskaya showed her dominance in the sprint event to beat the Cuban Guerra and the Japanese rider Tsukuda to go through to the ¼ finals.

In the second round Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) held off the challenges of Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) and Russian Swetlana Grankowskaja. 

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1/8 Round - Results 

Position Name Country Time Time
1 Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 11.736 61.349
2 Sakie Tsukuda Japan
1 Shuang Guo China 11.41 63.102
2 Swetlana Grankowskaja Russia
1 Anna Meares Australia 11.663 61.733
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar Netherlands
1 Willy Kanis Netherlands 12.155 59.234
2 Lisandra Guerra Cuba REL
1 Jennie Reed United States 11.955 60.225
2 Simona Krupeckaite Lithuania
1 Clara Sanchez France 11.607 62.031
2 Natallia Tsylinskaya Belarus

1/8th Repechage  Results

Heat Position Name Country Time Time
1 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya Belarus 11.871 60.652
2 Lisandra Guerra Cuba
3 Sakie Tsukuda Japan
2 1 Simona Krupeckaite Lithuania 12.123 59.391
2 Swetlana Grankowskaja Russia
3 Yvonne Hijgenaar Netherlands

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Qualifying

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) qualified fastest and in the process created a new Olympic 200m record; that had been held since the Atlanta games. Pendleton covered the 200m in 10.963 seconds, well ahead of the record held by the Australian Michelle King (nee Ferris) at 11.212 seconds.  Pendleton was only just less than 1/100 of a second behind the World record set by Olga Slyusareva 10.831 seconds in 1993.   

The fastest 12 sprinters in the world assembled for the sprint competition with some of them having to meet enormous challenges to make it to the games. In particular, Anna Meares (Australia) and Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) had to recover from serious accidents and struggle back to fitness to make the games.  

Pendleton was last to go and knew she had to go under 11 seconds to secure the fastest qualification ride. Shuang Guo (China) was second fastest with Meares posting the third fastest time. The surprise of the qualifying round was how far off the top times that Lisandra Guerra, the young Cuba rider was. Guerra had been pushing both Meares and Pendleton all season in the World Cup and World Championship events. Guerra completed the 200m in a time of 11.642 seconds.

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Results - Qualifying 

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 10.963 65.675 Olympic Record
2 Shuang Guo China 11.106 64.829
3 Anna Meares Australia 11.14 64.631
4 Willy Kanis Netherlands 11.167 64.475
5 Simona Krupeckaite Lithuania 11.222 64.159
6 Clara Sanchez France 11.365 63.352
7 Natallia Tsylinskaya Belarus 11.372 63.313
8 Jennie Reed United States 11.4 63.157
9 Lisandra Guerra Cuba 11.462 62.816
10 Yvonne Hijgenaar Netherlands 11.533 62.429
11 Swetlana Grankowska Russia 11.544 62.37
12 Sakie Tsukuda Japan 12.134 59.337

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