Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012
London 2012 Track
London 2012 is full of firsts and last for women’s track. British star Vicki Pendleton will be competing in her final race and Anna Meares (AUS) can set an outright record as the woman with the most Olympic medals on the track. She currently shares the record of three medals with Ingrid Haringa (NED), Leontien Zijlaad-van-Moorsel (NED) and Felicia Ballanger (FRA). Meares needs one medal in London to become the first woman to win an Olympic medal in three different Olympic Games in track cycling.
The major change from the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games is the introduction of medal partiy between men and women. The men's and women's individual pursuit as well as the men's madison and points race hav been removed to allow for three new events. Team Sprint, Team Pursuit and Keirin were added to the women's programme, while the Omnium has been added for both sexes.
Team Sprint opens the competition for the first time in Olympic history. This is expected to be a clash of the titans, Great Britain (Pendleton/Varnish), Australia (Meares/McCulloch), Germany (Vogel/Welte) and China's (Guo/Gong) Expect World and Olympic times to fall.
Keirin is also a first timer at the Olympics. Expect to see the Germans, Australians, British and Chinese to be strong. Kristina Vogal dominated the recent track meet in Germany.
Team Pursuit will be one of the most exciting women's event. The top teams will be expecting fast times. Returning to the track is Judith Arndt (GER). Arndt has not ridden the track at the Olympics since Sydney but her form is great and a silver medal in the time trial will have certainly given her and the German team confidence
She has an impressive record, Bronze in the 3km Individual Pursuit and 13th Points Race 1996 Atlanta, 4th Points Race and 6th in the 3km Individual Pursuit 2000 Sydney, Arndt will be joined by Charlotte Becker and Lisa Brennauer.
The British team have depth in the women, Jo Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King are likely to make up the team. They have dominated the event over the last few years and look set to break records on Friday.
The Australian team, Melissa Hoskins, Annette Edmondson and Amy Cure will be joined by Josie Tomic, in the event, but only three of the girls are on the track at any one time. should challenge the British for the Gold. They like the British have broken the world record before the British broke the record again in Melbourne.
Not to be discounted for the medals are USA, the New Zealanders and the Canadians.
The New Zealand team, Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks have a well drilled team and they are looking to get the first medal for New Zealand.
The Canadians, Gillian Carleton, Jasmin Glaesser and Tara Whitten are looking to upset the home team. They have set some quick times in training and feel they are real medal contenders.
The USA team have been lacking behind the other nations until recently. Sarah Hammer, Lauren Tamayo and Dosie Bausch are a class act and they will trouble the other teams.
Omnium brings a whole new dimension for the women. With six events, Flying Lap, Ind Pursuit, Points, Elimination, Scratch and Time Trial over two days the event suits the all rounder. Laura Trott (GBR) is a tiny figure that packs speed and tactics well beyond her years. She is one of the favourites along side Sarah Hammer (USA), Tara Whitten (CAN) and Annette Edmondson (AUS)
Sprint is the final event for the women, the British star Pendleton will be competing against her arch rival for the last time. Meares (AUS), is in great form and recently won the final warm up event in Germany. Although Pendleton was not there, the Australian will be looking to go one better than Beijing. The Chinese, French and German riders can not be discounted for a medal either, anything is possible.
02/08/2012 Team Sprint qualifying and finals
03/08/2012 Keirin first & second rounds and final
03/08/2012 Team Pursuit qualifying
04/08/2012 Team Pursuit 1st Round and Finals
05/08/2012 Sprint qualifying, 1/16th final/repechages, 1/8 finals/repechage and 9-12th places
06/08/2012 Omnium, Flying Lap 250m, Sprint quarterfinals, Omnium 20km points, Omnium Elimination, Sprint 5-8th places
07/08/2012 Omnium 3km IP, Sprint semi-finals, Omnium 10km scratch race, Omnium 500m TT, Sprint finals
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