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World Track Championships 2010

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Team Pursuit -  Australia Gold, New Zealand NEW WORLD RECORD

Race Writeup

Final

The Australian finally got the better if the British to win Gold. Josie Tomic, Ashlee Ankudinott and Sarah Kent, set the fastest time and nearly broke the World Record just set by the New Zealanders in their final. They slowed in the last two laps but it was enough to beat the British team who had dominated the event for the last three years since it was introduced. 

New Zealand set a new World Record time to win the Bronze medal ahead of the USA team.  Alison Shanks, Rushlee Buchanan and Lauren Ellis got off to a great start. Each time check they went quicker and the World Record fell. The New Zealanders took 333 1/100th off the old record. 

The American team were very proud of their 4th place having moved themselves up the world ranking in the event. 

Qualifying - Australia qualified quickest just 1.3 seconds off World Record pace

Australia qualified for the Gold medal ride in a time of 3:23.161 and will ride against the World Record holders Great Britain, who qualified in a time of 3:23.369. In the ride off for Bronze, the New Zealanders qualified third and will ride against the American trio, which included the newly crowned Individual Pursuit World Champion, Sarah Hammer. 

Given the change to the Olympic programme, to remove the individual pursuit, in favour of the team competition, a number of nations are now focussing on this event. This was evident by the fact that 15 teams qualified teams for the World Championships. The top seeds for the event and the World Record holders Great Britain rode last, ahead of the New Zealand and Australian teams. They had to chase the fast time set by the Americans to secure a place in the final. 

Poland started first and almost came un stuck when Katarzyna Pawlowska went too strong with 3 laps to go, causing a gap that meant her team mates had to chase back. They finished well off the pace.

The Italian team, which included the 2009 World Road Champion Tatiana Guderzo, started fast but could not maintain their composure to the line.

The Chinese have developed a strong set of track riders since the Beijing Olympics and they continue to develop in the broader disciplines, having focused on sprinting previously. The pursuit team still has some work to do.

The American team which included Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bauch and Lauren Tamayo started exceedingly fast. Hammer ran two laps to her team mates one and set a blistering pace. At the 2000m mark, they were just 3 seconds off the World Record time and held that to the line. 

The French, Ukrainians and the young Belgian team tried hard to match the pace of the Americans but waivered towards the end of their rides. 

Germany seemed to offer the greatest challenge, they were up by 1 second at the 1000m mark. They could not hold the pace however and finished off the pace at 3:27.236.

Lithuania only had two real pursuit riders, supplementing their team with a sprinter. This was obvious from their performance. The sprinter, Svetlana Pauliukaite, struggled to keep pace with her team mates. Unfortunately for her too, the team got disqualified for not holding the correct position on the bars. 

Canada and the Netherlands both performed well but could not match the speed set by the Americans. 

Australia set the pace right from the start, Led out by Josie Tomic, the three young riders showed class and precision on the track. They finished just 1.3 seconds off the World Record time and secured their spot for the Gold medal ride.

New Zealand, was led out by the 2009 Individual Pursuit champion Alison Shanks. Shanks set a fast pace to start and only lost time in the final two laps. 

Last to go, under high expectations, was the British trio of Joanne Rowsell, Wend Houvenaghel and Lizzy Armitstead. Rowsell, set a blistering pace for the first half of the race and it looked like the British team would hold the pace. During the last three laps however, they slowed finishing just off the pace of the Australians. 

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Post Race Comments

Final

Sarah Kent, Josie Tomic Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) could not hold back their elation and tears after winning the World title that had eluded them over the last two years. "This is what the last year has been about," said Kent. "We have been together from the start and now it has paid off. There isn't anything better, it is just unreal," she added. 

Josie Tomic (AUS) is the more experienced member of the team and at 20 she has achieved a second World Championship jersey, "I am so happy. We got a win in Beijing World Cup and I think that gave us the confidence boost that we needed and realisation that we could actually do it. We were pretty nervous going into the final. We wanted this so badly. We kept getting Bronze over the last two year, so to come out here and win today is awesome," said Tomic

Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) was over the moon with the team's performance. "I am speechless right now. We really wanted this bad. After our win in Beijing and coming here as World cup winners was great," said Ankudinoff.

Joanne Rowsell (GBR) was gracious in defeat, "It was tough, we have never gone into the World Championships down on qualification. We have always had a big buffer and we did not have that after our ride so it was a different situation for us today. It is obviously one we will have to get used to. I am really pleased that the event has developed so much. It is great for women's racing, the first two years people looked on from the outside and because it was a new event it did not attract as many teams. Now that it is an Olympic event, you can see that the competition is improving. We have our work cut out for 2012 but I am sure we can be the World Record holders again," said Rowsell

Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks (NZL) did not make the gold medal ride but they did break the World Record on their way to a Bronze medal. Buchanan reacted to their Bronze and World Record, "We were so disappointed not to be in the Gold medal ride, but to turn round and deliver such a great performance is testament to the team and the support we have. We did a great ride. We did what we have to do to get a medal and we got the World Record too. I am absolutely thrilled."

Alison Shanks (NZL)  was pleased with the Bronze medal and the World record but there was a tinge of disappointment, "Missing out on the Gold medal ride this morning was a disappointment for the team. But to come back out and take the Bronze medal with a World Record time was incredible. It was so satisfying. The coaching staff put a perfect ride for us. Every riders was maxed out when they crossed the line. We could have have given any more tonight," said Shanks. 

Qualifying Comments

Gary Sutton (AUS- Endurance Coach) was proud of the pursuit team, after they secured a position to ride for Gold. "They rode well and I could not be more proud of them. It will be a tough final but they are ready. I told them to stay focused and ride their own race," said Sutton

Ben Sharp (USA) is the coach to the USA Team Pursuiters. He was very happy with their performance in the qualification round and chance to ride for Bronze, "We have been working towards this all year and I could not be happier with the team. Having Sarah [Hammer], Dotsie [Bausch] and Lauren [Tamayo] together has been a great combination. They all bring different qualities to the team and it shows on the track. We have made vast improvements this year and I believe we will just get stronger," said Sharp

Lauren Tamayo (USA) started on the track as junior and went to road to forge her career. She is back on the track and loving every minute, "We had a goal and we stuck to it," said Tamayo after qualifying for the Bronze ride. "We did what we had to do and could not have given it any more," she added.

Tatiana Guderzo (ITA) was quite relaxed after the Team Pursuit, "We prepared well but the we have a long way to go to be a medal contender. Maybe next year," smiled Guderzo

 

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Results

Final

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
GOLD ANKUDINOFF Ashlee AUS 03:21.748 53.332
KENT Sarah AUS
TOMIC Josephine AUS
SILVER ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth GBR 03:22.287 53.389
HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR
ROWSELL Joanna GBR
BRONZE BUCHANAN Rushlee NZL 03:21.552 53.584
WR ELLIS Lauren NZL
SHANKS Alison NZL
4 BAUSCH Dotsie USA 03:25.571 52.793
HAMMER Sarah USA
TAMAYO Lauren USA

 

Qualifying

Position Time Km/Hr
1 ANKUDINOFF Ashlee AUS 03:23.161 53.159
KENT Sarah AUS
TOMIC Josephine AUS
2 ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth GBR 03:23.369 53.105
HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR
ROWSELL Joanna GBR
3 BUCHANAN Rushlee NZL 03:24.405 52.836
ELLIS Lauren NZL
SHANKS Alison NZL
4 BAUSCH Dotsie USA 03:24.661 52.77
HAMMER Sarah USA
TAMAYO Lauren USA
5 KOEDOODER Vera NED 03:25.156 52.642
PIETERS Amy NED
VAN DIJK Ellen NED
6 BROWN Laura CAN 03:26.132 52.393
ROORDA Stephanie CAN
WHITTEN Tara CAN
7 BECKER Charlotte GER 03:27.236 52.114
BRENNAUER Lisa GER
JOOS Verena GER
8 BOCHKAROVA Yelizaveta UKR 03:27.662 52.007
GALYUK Svitlana UKR
KALITOVSKA Lesya UKR
9 DAAMS Jessie BEL 03:27.690 52.000
D'HOORE Jolien BEL
DRUYTS Kelly BEL
10 JIANG Fan CHN 03:28.184 51.874
JIANG Wenwen CHN
LIANG Jing CHN
11 ANTOSHINA Tatiana RUS 03:28.644 51.762
CHULKOVA Anastasia RUS
KONDEL Victoria RUS
12 JASINSKA Edyta POL 03:32.035 50.934
PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL
WOJTYRA Malgorzata POL
13 CREUX Sophie FRA 03:32.199 50.895
DUTRIAUX Fiona FRA
JEULAND Pascale FRA
14 BACCAILLE Monia ITA 03:34.329 50.389
TAGLIAFERRO Marta ITA
GUDERZO Tatiana ITA
DQL PAULIUKAITE Svetlana LTU 03:37.102 49.746
SEREIKAITE Vilija LTU
TREBAITE Ausrine LTU

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