Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012
Track Day 2 - British Team Pursuit break World record, Pendleton gets gold
London 2012, Velodrome
British sprint star Vicki Pendleton gave the home crowd exactly what they had been asking of her. She became the fourth woman to win multiple gold medals in cycling track when she won the Gold medal in the Keirin. Shuang Guo (CHN) got the wheel of the derny for the first 3 laps. Then, as it pulled away, Anna Meares (AUS) attacked round the outside, but her time in the front did not last. Normally the speed of Meares would allow her to hold the line, but Pendleton cruzed around the outside taking, Guo with her and in doing so, she won silver and became the fifth woman to win two medals in cycling track at a single Olympic Games and the first since Anna Meares at Athens 2004. Wai Sze Lee (HKG) won Hong Kong China's first medal in cycling track after jumping on Guo's wheel. That move boxed in Meares and the Australian had no where to go. It seemed like the fight had gone from Meares. In the end the 2008 Silver medalist had to settle for 5th.
Victoria Pendleton (GBR) after winning the gold medal in the women's keirin, "I cannot believe it right now. I was like, 'Focus, Vic, focus'. I cannot believe it. Thank you so much to everyone who helped me get here."
On what the keirin victory means, "This is by far the most important victory of my life. I think a lot of people wrote me off after the 2011 worlds (in Apeldoorn, Netherlands). I had a really rubbish year, injuries, personal-life issues that nearly made me give up. A lot of people thought that I had passed my best and I just wanted to prove them wrong. This does feel pretty good."
Discussing her tactics, "My coach said to me, 'don't look to their race, just make your own. When it's your moment, just go'. My legs were still good from last night (when she competed in the team sprint). I really wanted to show what I've got. It turned out OK, I guess."
On her form with the sprint competition still to come, "I am really looking forward to the sprint (scheduled for the morning session on Sunday 5 August). I am hoping that my time trial will be a little bit more special than it's been over the last couple of years. I've been working on it a lot. I am hoping in the sprint I have a good chance there. I am going to rest up the next couple of days and come back with a vengeance."
Shuang Guo (CHN) after winning the silver medal in the women's keirin at the Velodrome on Friday."The competition was really tactical, and I am glad for the silver medal."
"I performed better than last time in Beijing (at the 2008 Olympic Games). At the beginning of each lap I was always in the front, behind the derny. That's different from my usual behaviour. This is according to the plan I made with the coach."
"There was a little clash between me and the Russian rider (Ekaterina Gnidenko) in the semifinal, and this had a little effect on my performance."
On China's relegation to the silver medal place in Thursday's team sprint event, "Yesterday is past, and I don't want to dwell on it. The gold doesn't really matter."
Clara Sanchez (FRA) was very disappointed with 4th, " I really felt I had great form. but you have to congratulate Vicki [Pendleton). Her speed out there was incredible," said Sanchez.
Asked if this would be her last Olympics, Sanchez added, " I am taking some time off, probably a year. Then I will decide. I have the Omnium still to do, so I am not done yet,"
Anna MEARES (AUS) - in 5th was one of the Australians worst performances , discussing her tactic of leading early in the keirin, "I thought I would go to the front a little early to put myself in what I thought would be a little bit of an advantage spot to fend off the attacks from Vicky (Pendleton). The plan was a good one, I just didn't execute it very well. I was a little bit slow coming into the bell. I got a little bit squeezed at 200m (to go) and it scrubbed all my speed. I had nothing left."
On whether she was surprised by Pendleton, "I was expecting the best from Vicky. She's bounced back from the team sprint to win tonight and I've got to face the same challenge now leading into the sprint. I will be up for it. Oh yeah. I always like a challenge."
On the pro-British crowd, "I am surprised there are so many British in the crowd. I thought the ticket distribution would be a little more even. Honestly, when I am out there, I don't really notice it. In that race, I could tell Vicky was making her move, because the pitch changed. Otherwise, you do not notice it, when you're trying to breath, watching the wheels, that kind of stuff."
Both Pendleton and Meares secured their places in the final after convincing wins in round 2. Monique Sullivan (CAN) was a surprised finalist, she jumped on the wheel of Meares and crossed the line second to go into her first Olympic final.
appearing for the first time at the Olympics was always set to be nail
biting. Based on the form from the Team Sprint, The top riders the German,
Kristina Vogel, Australian, Anna Meares,
British dream girl Vicki Pendleton, China's Shuang Guo, Lyubov Shulika (BLR)
and Duth woman, Willy Kanis to be strong. Coming in with fresh legs was
former World Champion Clara Sanchez (FRA), Olga Panarina (BLR), Simona
Krupeckaite (LTU), Wai Sze Lee (HKG) and the young Monique Sullivan (CAN)
were in good form.
In the first of the heats, the Gold medalist Kristina Vogel from the Team Sprint secured her spot in next round. Both Pendleton and Meares, Guo, Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) and Russian Ekaterina Gnidenko secured relatively easily. Having to fight through the repechage were, Monique Sullivan (CAN), Clara Sanhez (FRA), Willy Kanis (NED), Wai Sze Lee (HKG), Natasha Hansen (NZL) and Daniela Grelui Larreal (VEN).
First Round Repechage
Team Pursuit and Great Britain set new records. The British team have depth in the women, Jo Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King. They started last, so knew exactly what time they needed to beat to secure their place in the next round. They have dominated the event over the last few years and right from the first 250m they look set to break records and they did.
USA started with Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch and Sarah Hammer. The Americans were slow to get started and ended 2nd quickest after a huge push by Hammer in the closing laps.
The Australian team, Melissa Hoskins, Annette Edmondson and Josie Tomic did not look troubled as they secured the 3rd fastest time.
Canada, who have made great improvements over the last year rode with Tara Whitten, Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glaesser. Whitten was by far the strongest. At times she seemed to be waiting for her team when she pulled off the front after her turn.
The New Zealand team, Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks have a well drilled team and they were looking to get the first track medal for New Zealand. They qualified 5th fastest
The Netherlands had a mix or age and experience. Ellen van Dijk and Kirstn Wild led the charge with youngster Amy Pieters. They started strong buy faded towards the end.
Returning to the track is Judith Arndt (GER). Arndt had 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.
Belarus were the last team to qualify, They struggled in the qualifying and are unlikely to challenge for a top spot after round 2.
The pairings for the next round will be,
Dotsie Bausch (USA) On her impressions of the ride, " It felt like a record. It was hard. They are never pretty on the inside, but we pulled it out,"
qualifying in second, "We are in a good spot. We’ll race
Australia and so we’ll have the mental upper hand from beating them
tonight. We know we beat them once and we can beat them again. That will be
our sole focus as if we beat them we’re in the (gold medal) finals."
On defeating Great Britain "The British are in a little bit of
another league, but I really believe in this team. I know we will give every
last ounce of everything we all have and we’ll see where that
falls," said Bausch
On defeating Great Britain "The British are in a little bit of another league, but I really believe in this team. I know we will give every last ounce of everything we all have and we’ll see where that falls," said Bausch
and her team beat the American record, "It feels amazing.
Everything we’ve been training for the last four years is on the line. We
executed amazingly, got a new American record, which is always a great
feeling and qualified second. The first is step complete; a great position
to be in. Tomorrow I believe we are racing the Australians so we’re
focused on winning that. It is all about making it to that gold medal
Lauren Tamayo (USA) discussed the next round, "I’m really excited and focused for our ride tomorrow. The girls did an amazing job today qualifying second. Our coaching staff coming in to this has had a strategic plan to get us into the gold medal ride and so far everything is on task and that is what we’re looking forward to tomorrow."
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