Sydney World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 1, Morning Session
Sprint and Pursuit Qualifying
Sprint Rounds - qualifying to 1/4 finals
Day 1 started early with the sprint qualifying. Riders competed for the top 16 places to have an opportunity to ride for a medal.
The top seeds
qualified for the 1/8 finals as expected and delivered an interesting
series of races.
not to make it through to the quarterfinals were Lisandra Rodriguez-Guerra
(CUB) and Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED). By coincidence, both riders have won
medals in the scratch race in the past.
In the Heat 1
of the 1/4 finals Jennie Reed (Momentum Racing-USA) rode off against
Willy Kanis (NED). Reed won the first match up but could not hold the speed
of Kanis in the final two.
Natallia Tsylinskaya (BLR) and old rival Victoria Pendleton (SIS) were neck
and neck on the final bend but Pendleton could not quite make it round. In
the second race, Tsylinskaya was relegated for leaving the sprinters lane on
the back corner forcing a third ride off. In the first shock of the day,
Pendleton could not match the early season form of Tsylinskaya who powered
across the line to move into the semi-finals.
was a clash of champions Clara Sanchez (FRA) former World Champion and
Australian golden girl Anna Meares (TOS). Sanchez was no match for Meares
who sprinted clear in the first two races to secure her place in the
heat of the 1/4 finals included Chinese champion Shuang Guo and
Lithuanian champion Simona Krupeckaite. Krupeckaite won the first race but
Guo positioned herself well to secure the final two races.
rider in the pursuit was a relatively unknown Lithuanian rider, Vilija
Sereikaite riding for Italian team, SAFI Pasta Zara Manhatten. She
qualified fastest in a time of 3 minutes 36.6 seconds just ahead of Katie
Mactier (AUS) who qualified in 3 minutes 36.8 seconds. The pair will ride
for Gold and Silver.
bronze medal after qualifying in third and fourth place are Karin Thürig
(SUI) and the British rider Wendy Houvenaghel (SIS).
Out of the medals in fifth was Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling). Hammer’s time was 3 minutes 38.7 seconds. 2 seconds can mean a lot at this level. The World Cup is the reigning World Champion's first major event back after a serious back injury.
Meares (Toshiba Racing)
eased her way into the final of the sprint on day 1 of racing. “It’s nice to get the first race out the way, even if it was an
early start. It’s not normal to have to start so early in the morning [reflecting
on the 9.00am start].
I am feeling really happy and confident and focusing on the process of
racing rather than the result. It seems to relax me a lot more and I don’t
get so stressed out about it but everything is working.”
Meares was asked
how difficult it is to have to come to form so early in a very long and
important season, she added
“It is a very long season, I request at training last week to have an
easier week after the Melbourne Revolution event to freshen up a bit and it
seems to have worked. I feel really good but it is going to be a case of
managing my physical stature throughout the entire season. I am at an
advantage being a home World Cup. I have not had to get over a long flight
or adjusted diet so I am taking every advantage when I can. If I get some
early points in this round I won’t feel so pressured in Beijing. “
Reed (Momentum Racing)
arrived in Australia 7 days ago and is happy to be back in Sydney racing. “This
year it pays to be consistent since Olympic qualification is base on World
Cup points. I tend to be quite consistent over the season so starting in
Sydney is great. The goal for these fist two World Cups is to improve my
200m time I was quite happy with 11.04 seconds. The cut of time was 11.05 to
make top 16 so I was right in the thick of it so I am happy with that.”
Racing with a
new team this year Reed was asked if it was making a difference to her
am based in LA now, training in one of the best facilities in the world and
I have great group of training partners. I am being coached twice a week by
Andy Sparks, Sarah Hammers fiancé who has been really great for me. We have
gone back to some elementary stuff and it seems to be working.”
Medal results will be posted here, for qualifying and rounds, click here
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