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World Track Championships 2009

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Sprint Qualifying and Rounds

 

Race Writeup

1/8 Finals  

Again the top riders qualified for the next round of the sprints. Missing out thought was Clara Sanchez (FRA). She was up against Shuang Guo (CHN) and just missed out on the line. Also having to fight their way to the next round was Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) and Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED). Despite being one of the faster riders in the 1/16 finals, Kristina Vogel (GER) could not match the speed of Willy Kanis (NED). 

Repechage  

With six riders fighting over two spots in the final, the Repechage was always going to be tough. In the first of the rides, Hijgenaar, Sanchez and Vogel were matched. Hijgenaar played it tactical and held the sprinters line for the whole race. On the line Sanchez tried to come round but missed out again on the line. In the second ride, McCulloch used the same tactic as Hijgenaar and held the inside line, forcing Elisa Frisoni (ITA) and Miriam Welte (GER) round the outside. Welte nearly passed McCulloch on the finish straight but McCulloch held on to get into the next round.

1/16 Finals  

The top twelve riders progressed to the 1/8 Finals, as expected Victoria Pendleton (GBR), Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) made the final. Lyubov Shulika (UKR), Shuang Guo (CHN), Olga Panarina (BLR), Willy Kanis (NED), Kristina Vogel and team mate Miriam Welte (GER) all qualified. Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) also made the 1/8th. In the battle of the French women, Clara Sanchez outwitted her team mate to make the final. The final two to make the cut were Elisa Frisoni (ITA) and Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED)

Sprint Qualifying

Victoria Pendleton (GBR) qualified fastest in a time of 10.971 seconds, just outside the World record time of 10.831 seconds. Twenty four riders started the sprint competition, notable absentees were Anna Meares (Australia) and Svetlana Grankovskaya (Russia). 

Olga Panarina (BLR) set the early pace in a time of 11.176 seconds. It wasn't until the top riders over the last 12 months started that she lost her position. Shuang Guo (CHN) was the first to go faster. Guo completed the 250m in a time of 11.154 second. 

World Cup winner Lyubov Shulika (UKR) was the fastest over the first 125m but could not sustain her speed to the finish and ended up completing the 250m in a time of 11.148 seconds. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) who broke the World Record in the 500m TT, was fastest over the first 125m and finished in 11.134 seconds. 

It was down to Pendleton, the World and Olympic champion from 2008 to go last and she set a blistering time of 10.971 seconds, only .14 seconds off the World record time set in 1993 by Olga Slusareva (RUS).

Comments 

Willy Kanis (NED) was pleased to have got through to the quarterfinals. "I am happy to have got through, I am not feeling so well," said Kanis. Talking about the fast times in the qualifying rounds, Kanis added, "Yes some surprising some not, we will see how I go. It is good to have both of us in the next round though. I hope one of us can get through to tomorrow."

Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED) had to fight her way to the next round via the Repechage round. "I thought, this is a really hard race. Sanchez and Vogel were both faster than me in the qualification round. So I thought get to the front and try something and wait and see. It worked, so that is good," said Hijgenaar.

Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) was very relieved to have made the quarterfinals. "My goal was to make the quarterfinals and I have. Not I can go out there and give my best shot against Vicky Pendleton. I expected to go a bit faster personally but definitely the top four women went fast and set the bench mark for everyone else," said McCulloch. After achieving a World title in the Team Sprint, McCulloch was asked about re-motivating herself for the Sprints. "It wasn't too hard, Stu, [the mechanic] put World Champion on my bars so that every time I look down on my bars I am a World Champion. I don't think it has quite sunk in yet. It wasn't hard to get motivated for today. I love racing and it always challenges me," added McCulloch.

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Results  

1/8 Final

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Victoria PENDLETON GBR 11.904 60.483
Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED
1 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU 11.853 60.744
Elisa FRISONI ITA
1 Lyubov SHULIKA UKR 12.007 59.965
Miriam WELTE GER
1 Shuang GUO CHN 11.561 62.278
Clara SANCHEZ FRA
1 Olga PANARINA BLR 11.486 62.685
Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS
1 Willy KANIS NED 12.231 58.866
Kristina VOGEL GER

Repechage

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 12.191 59.059
Kristina VOGEL GER
Clara SANCHEZ FRA
1 Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS 12.038 59.81
Elisa FRISONI ITA
Miriam WELTE GER

 

1/16 Final

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Victoria PENDLETON GBR 12.552 57.361
Renata DABROWSKA POL
1 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU 11.866 60.677
Diana Maria GARCIA ORREGO COL
1 Lyubov SHULIKA UKR 12.227 58.598
Gintare GAIVENYTE LTU
1 Shuang GUO CHN 12.006 59.97
Wai See LEE HKG
1 Olga PANARINA BLR 11.767 61.188
Jessica VARNISH GBR
1 Willy KANIS NED 12.265 58.703
Monique SULLIVAN CAN
1 Kristina VOGEL GER 12.009 59.995
Lulu ZHENG CHN
1 Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS 12.488 57.655
Olga STRELTSOVA RUS
1 Clara SANCHEZ FRA 11.957 60.215
Sandie CLAIR FRA
Lisandra GUERRA RODRIGUEZ CUB
1 Miriam WELTE GER 12.363 58.238
Jinjie GONG CHN
1 Elisa FRISONI ITA 12.11 59.454
Ting Ying HUANG TPE
1 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 12.041 59.195

 

Qualifying

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Victoria PENDLETON GBR 10.971 65.627
2 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU 11.134 64.666
3 Lyubov SHULIKA UKR 11.148 64.585
4 Shuang GUO CHN 11.154 64.55
5 Olga PANARINA BLR 11.176 64.423
6 Willy KANIS NED 11.226 64.136
7 Kristina VOGEL GER 11.382 63.257
8 Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS 11.431 62.986
9 Clara SANCHEZ FRA 11.477 62.734
10 Lisandra GUERRA RODRIGUEZ CUB 11.498 62.619
11 Jinjie GONG CHN 11.514 62.532
12 Ting Ying HUANG TPE 11.536 62.413
13 Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED 11.573 62.213
14 Elisa FRISONI ITA 11.586 62.143
15 Miriam WELTE GER 11.594 62.101
16 Sandie CLAIR FRA 11.613 61.999
17 Olga STRELTSOVA RUS 11.631 61.903
18 Lulu ZHENG CHN 11.634 61.887
19 Monique SULLIVAN CAN 11.702 61.527
20 Jessica VARNISH GBR 11.775 61.146
21 Wai See LEE HKG 11.901 60.499
22 Gintare GAIVENYTE LTU 11.908 60.463
23 Diana Maria GARCIA ORREGO COL 12.112 59.445
24 Renata DABROWSKA POL 12.506 57.572

 

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