World Track Championships 2008
British pair of Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade delivered a World
best time of 33.186 seconds to secure their place in the ride for
gold/silver against the Chinese pair of Jinjie Gong and Lulu Zheng.
and Reade clocked a speed of 54.239 km/hr for the two laps with Reade
setting a blistering time for the first lap of 19.08 seconds with
Pendleton seeming to struggle to stay on her wheel.
Chinese pair rode off against the German team of Dana Gloss and Miriam
Welte. Zheng and Gong clocked a time of 19.1 seconds for the first lap and
completed the distance in a time of 33.943 seconds.
ride for Bronze will be close, the French pair of Sandie Clair and
Virginie Cueff qualified in a time of 34.165 seconds and they ride off
against the Germans who qualified in 34.135 seconds.
In the other rides the Russian pair rode in a sub 35 second time, while the Italians and the team from Thailand finished 6th and 7th respectively.
British pair of Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade delivered another
amazing ride to win the Team Sprint gold medal against the Chinese pair of
Jinjie Gong and Lulu Zheng. The Chinese were ahead a little at the end of
the first lap but the power and speed of Pendleton, made sure the British
pair won consecutive World Championship winners jersey.
and Reade clocked a speed of 53.474 km/hr for the two laps with Reade was
not as fast in the first lap, the gate was a little slow at releasing
Reade which meant that Pendleton had to work extremely had to beat the
Bronze medal was won by the German team of Dana Gloss and Miriam Welte.
This was a great result for the young team. They had struggled through the
World Cup events with injury due to a cracked frame and illness. They won
the Bronze in a time of 34.036 seconds.
Victoria Pendleton (GBR) was very relaxed after qualifying for the Gold medal ride. Pendleton chatted about their technique. “It is better if I hand off the back a little to give me a better transition” said Pendleton. “I have been trying not to get too close to her wheel as I get a better run and time on the line. I got a little close on that run so looking in an ideal world, particularly when you are riding with some one more powerful with leg speed it would be even quicker if I could time the change like a Russian sprint. I didn’t get it quite right that time but I am very happy to have qualified fastest and in a new record time, Shanaze [Reade] didn’t go as fast as she can and I went faster than I have ever gone so we are very happy” added Pendleton.
Pendleton and Shanaze Reade (GBR)
were deserved winners of the Gold medal for a second year in a row. They
could not be matched for speed and look set to dominate this event for
many years. Reade said “I am ecstatic, we delivered
a world best time again in the qualifying and in the final we went with a
different gear so that we had something to play with. There was a
technical fault at the gate, so I was still sat there momentarily when it
should have released. So to win despite this was amazing.” "It is a
massive achievement from me to come here and win, and also to get a
personal best in my own lap as well. I feel like I am part of the team and
me and Vicky have set a world record again. It is just unbelievable."
also very happy with their performance. “I
was so excited over the last two days in anticipation of this event
starting. My parents are here to watch and it is great to be able to share
this with them. I'm really, really pleased," said Pendleton,
ecstatic after successfully defending the first of her three jerseys. "I
had a couple of injuries, as all athletes have in their careers, and it
held me aback a little bit and I wasn't sure if I was on target [for the
Beijing Olympic Games], but now I feel quite happy. I wasn't sure because
I couldn't really feel my legs, but I know that's a good sign now! It's
the hardest event; it's the one that I'm probably most nervous about
because it's the one that's most important," said Pendleton. "Obviously
I would love to retain my title and go into Beijing as somebody everybody
else is watching rather than the other way around. "There would be a
huge psychological advantage on my opponents if I was to win but with the
nature of the sprint - as you saw Theo Bos go out just then,"
she added. "Anything
can happen so you just have to focus on each race as it comes and with a
little bit of luck, I think, make your way through the rounds."
main cycling discipline is BMX and she leaves Manchester for the next
round of competitions in Europe before the World Championship.
Gloss and Miriam Welte (GER)
was very happy with their Bronze medal; Gloss chatted after their win
against the French. “We
are so happy, after the crash in Sydney last year, it is so great to get
back and be on the podium.”
Gong and Lulu Zheng (CHN) were
very happy with their medal. “It
was close but in the end the British pair were much too strong today”
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