World Track Championships 2008
Sprint Qualifying and Rounds
Pendelton (GBR) produced a new British record and personal best of 10.904
seconds to qualify fastest over 200m.
Gong (CHN) held the fastest time of 11.152 seconds until the last four
riders started. Simona Krupeckaite was the first to go faster, completing
the 200m in a time of 11.093 seconds. Krupeckaite did not hold the lead
for long; Shuang Guo (CHN) produced the fastest 100m and finished in
11.002 seconds. Guo’s time looked like it would make her favourite going
into the next round but Pendleton rode the best performance of her life
riding at 66.030km/hr over the 200m distance.
main favourites for the sprint event managed to secure their places in the
1/8 final after solid performances, in particular from the 2007 World
Champion Pendleton. Pendleton had an easy run against Anastasiya Chulkova
(RUS), the Russian not able to match the speed of Pendleton.
Guo (CHN) was up against the Columbian Diana Garcia Orrego. Guo went to
the front immediately and never really looked troubled.
Krupeckaite (LTU) powered her way round the young French rider Virginie
Cueff to win her ride off.
Gong one of three Chinese riders to make the 1/16 finals could not match
the speed of Oksana Grishina (RUS). The Chinese rider tried to move round
the outside but could not quite get there on the line.
Guerra Rodriguez (CUB) attacked Miriam Welte at the bell and the German
could not hold the speed of the Cuban.
Kanis the leader after the World Cup series, never looked troubled against
Elisa Frisoni (ITA). Kanis moved to the front from the start and never
Clair (FRA) raised the levels of excitement in the crowd when she attacked
Natallia Tsylinskaya (BLR) at the 500m to go
point. She blew though, she could not hold the speed and Tsylinskaya moved
round her easily to win
Muche (GER) just beat Sveltana Grankowskaja (RUS) on the line, the
decision had to go to the Photo finish.
Reed (USA) was able to power round the young Australian to win her heat.
McCulloch tried hard but could not hold off the American’s speed.
Hijgenaar (NED) never looked troubled against Dana Gloss, as she secured
her place in the last 12. Pumping her arm as she crossed the line,
Hijgenaar was obviously relieved to have made it through as she needed a
top 12 finish to secure her spot for the Olympics.
Zheng (CHN) worked extremely hard to hold the inside line all the way to
the end of the ride against Lyubov Shulika (UKR) to win.
Sanchez (FRA) moved quickly onto the inside of the track to move ahead of
Anna Blyth (GBR) and to win her heat. Blyth a former Field Hockey player
is still very young and is a sprinter to watch in the future.
were a number of top riders forced to fight out their spots in the
repecharges, they were Clara Sanchez (FRA), Oksana Grishina (RUS), Yvonne
Hijgenaar (NED), Lulu Zheng (CHN) and Christin Muche (GER).
the first of the 1/8th finals Clara Sanchez performed the first
track stand of the competition to force Pendleton in front. Her tactic did
not work however as Pendleton moved round on the final bend to win.
the all Chinese ride Guo never looked troubled against Zheng. Krupeckaite
attacked Hijgenaar at the bell and just held on to secure her place in the
top 8. Reed had an easy run against Grishina, while Guerra Rodriguez had
to work really hard to beat Muche.
the final match up Tsylinskaya lent on Willy Kanis and in the process blew
her front tire, Tsylinskaya lost control and crashed to the ground. It was
some time before they were able to move her. The latest news was that she
has a damaged shoulder and concussion.
the first of the repecharge rounds Sanchez and Grishina had to get the
whistle from the commissaire to get them to move on after their back
straight track stand. Sanchez remained on Grishina’s wheel until 100m to
go and moved round to take the win.
last repecharge was a three up between Zheng, Muche and Hijgenaar.
Hijgenaar had the inside line and worked tremendously hard to hold it to
at home in Australia in Adelaide local time when Meares when she was
interviewed by Gennie Sheer [Australian Media]. Here is her reaction to
the news that Australia has qualified a place in the women's sprint for
Beijing. She was on tender hooks to see where Zheng and Krupeckaite would
finish. A 5th or better for Zheng and a second of better for
Krupeckaite would have meant that Meares was out of the Olympics.
Meares - Australia
"I've been up all night
- couldn't sleep anyway so I thought I may as
well sit up and watch and wait. 'Grannie' (Svetlana Grankowskaja)
rode a 10.2 and I thought
she's on form and I'm in trouble but then she got put out in the first
round and I was thanking my lucky stars.
Poor Natalia [Tsylinskaya]
fell awkwardly it made me feel sorry for her because I can imagine the
road ahead if she's got a major injury but she is the toughest girl on the
tour and if anyone can pull through
and come back she can. I can't stop shaking. After LuLu was beaten in the
second round I thought great that's one race down - and then in repechage
(Christin) Muche was my favourite but
then when they started riding two abreast pretty quick from the get go I
thought Yvonne [Hijgenaar] 'what are you doing?' I just wanted to close my
eyes and not watch but watch
at the same time. That last lap when Yvonne pulled out a little bit extra
to hold off LuLu - I felt so
It's been a really hard
week, lack of sleep, stress to the point where my hair's falling out and
I'm constantly in Manchester mentally thinking this is what they're doing
at this minute, this is how we're preparing for this race....But now I can
concentrate on preparing for the Olympics -
Pendleton won in two straight against Yvonne Hijgenaar to win her way into
Reed (USA) was also able to go through in two straight rides against
Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez who received a warning for dangerous riding in
the final bend of the second race.
the ride between Shuang Guo and Clara Sanchez the pair battled right to
the line. Guo took the first win but was relegated for entering the
sprinter's lane when the opponent was already there in the second race.
This gave Sanchez a chance to come back but Guo was too strong.
race between Simona Krupeckaite and Willy Kanis had its challenges too.
Krupeckaite was relegated for not having held her line during the last 200
meters of the race in heat 1. She bounced back though and won the next two
to secure her place in the top 4 and a chance of a medal.
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