Sydney World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 3, Afternoon
Team Pursuit and Keirin Finals
huge effort from the Australian team of Mactier, Goss and Tomic they could
not beat the very slick team of the Russians Romanyuta, Slyusareva and
Chulkova. Olga Slyusareva stayed on the front for the last 3 laps to keep
the pace high and it paid off. They won in a new World Record time of 3
minutes 29.072 seconds. The Australians deserved the silver medal
delivering a 3 minute 30.675 second time.
The Ukrainian riders stretched out a solid lead in the first half of the ride ahead of New Zealand. With a 3 second gap at the bell the Ukrainians managed to finish in 3 minutes 30.429 seconds securing the bronze medal. The New Zealand team rode a very respectable 3 minutes 35.269 particularly given the team had only ridden this event for the first time at this event and the first round was their first time together.
Slyusareva, Eugeniya Romanyuta and Anastasiay Chulkova (RUS) were
very happy to have won the gold medal. “We
are very happy” said Chulkova, “Yes” said Slyusareva.
“We only rode together today for the first time so we are very happy.”
asked if they felt they were going to win the gold when they started
today. Slyusareva said a resounding “No”.
Today was the first running of the event and as a result the Russians now
hold the inaugural World Record in the event. WCN
asked if they thought they would beat it next week, Romanyuta said very
convincingly “Yes”. The trio plan
to compete in all of the World Cup events in the run up to Manchester in
Mactier, Belinda Goss and Josephine Tomic (AUS)
could not match the pace of the Russians but can be very proud of their
ride. Mactier reflected on their Silver medal “It
would have been nice to
home with the gold but this was our first every
pursuit ride we are all delighted.” Josephine Tomic has had a
mixed competition in terms of performance so was very happy with her
was really special to ride with people I look up to. I have not had a good
so this is a good result.” Belinda Goss is the only non
pursuiter, [both Tomic and Mactier
specialise in that event] she rode exceptionally well and shared her
teams happiness. “I am definitely happy, Katie and
Josie are both great pursuiters so I
feel great to have ridden with them, and it is great for us to have a team
Galuk, Lesya Kalitovska and Lyubov Shulika
was very happy with their bronze medal. WCN asked if they thought they
would achieve a medal at the start of the competition and Galuk said “We
are very happy, we did not think that we had a chance against the rest of
the field but we are very pleased.”
Krupeckaite (LTH) secured her place in the final with a powerful display
of riding. She came from the back on the last lap and could not be matched
by Natallia Tsylinskaya (BLR) and Clara Sanchez (FRA).
Reed was the first to secure her place in the gold medal final after a
very strong ride in the second round of the Keirin. Elisa Frisoni (ITA)
and Victoria Pendleton (SIS) battled it out for the final two places in
gold medal ride was a true show piece as Victoria Pendleton powered her
way from the back of the field to demonstrate why she is World Champion.
Jennie Reed must have thought she had the win only seeing Tsylinskaya in
her wheel until Pendleton swooped by on the line.
In the ride for 7-12 place it was the Dutch rider Willy Kanis who again showed her power to attack from the back of the field. Kaarle McCulloch tried to stay with her but got boxed in by the Columbian Orrego-Garcia as she jumped.
Pendleton (SIS) rode
in the World Championship jersey with style and determination as she
powered round the out “It was a bit touch and go” said Pendleton as she reflected
on her effort to go round the outside in the final. “I was completely boxed in and I tried not to panic and just give it
some gas and it worked out right.” WCN asked how special it was
to wear the World Championship jersey. Pendleton added “It’s
nice to win in it but not too nice to lose.” WCN asked if Pendleton
planned to ride the 500m again in this competition, “Yes I want to, I
would ride everything I can I just love to race.”
Reed (MOM) could
not quite believe she had not won the race having closed down the attack
from Natallia Tsylinskaya (BLR). “I
didn’t meant to get caught on the hip like that, I though I could get
around her but I got caught. I had a long sprint out so to hold on for
second I am very happy. I thought on the back straight I just had to watch
Natallia. I could hear everyone coming and I just could not hold Victoria
off. It is such a world class field I have to be happy. I did a personal
best in the 200m so my form is really coming.”
Tsylinskaya (BLR) was really happy with her Bronze medal.
“I thought I had silver until Victoria came round. This is really good
for me though I am in a big final. I am really happy” said
Tsylinskaya. Tsylinskaya has
a 10 year old daughter and was reflecting on how long she can keep riding.
“She plays tennis and trains
hard and in two or three years she might be away traveling so I am not
sure how much longer I want to travel away. Since she was six we only get
a few months a year together and it is very hard. I will see after
Sanchez was relegated in the final for deliberately riding on the blue
band during the race and therefore finished the competition in 6th
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