Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012
Track Day 3 Great Britain Gold plus World and Olympic records
London 2012, Velodrome
Britain’s Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell set a new world record
for the 3km event on Friday, sliced nearly a second off that in round 1
qualifying for the gold medal match and blasted out a record time of
3:14.051 for the victory in a stunning time of 3:14.682.
USA took silver
in 3:19.727 which was significantly slower than either of the teams
competing for the bronze medal, Canada and Australia. The Americans, who
substituted Lauren Tamayo for Jennie Reed for the final got off to a great
start with Hammer leading the way. While a great result for the more mature
Americans, they did fade over the last half. After the first few laps they
were only 0.78 second down, but the deficit soon grew and by the finish they
were more than five seconds off the pace. Canada destroyed the chances of
Australia, taking bronze. The Australians who were the pre-competition
favourites to face Great Britain after winning silver at the 2012 world
championships in Melbourne were edged out by 0.181 second. Canada replicated
their result from the 2012 world championships and claimed bronze in a
time of 3:17.915, nearly two seconds faster than the USA.
roaring crowd, which included former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, were
screaming for Great Britain to administer a coup de grace and catch
their quarry. But the race was completed before they could make contact.
Britain's progression through the competition was flawless but the presence
of the USA in the final proved a surprise to many. but stumbled in
round one earlier in the session and faced Canada.
Trott became the youngest (20 years and 102 days) gold medallist in women's
events in cycling track at the Olympic Games. Laura Trott broke Anna Meares
(AUS) record who was 20 years and 334 days when she won the 500m time trial
at Athens 2004.
Bausch (USA) became the second-oldest (39 years and 151 days) medallist in
women's events in cycling track at the Olympic Games. The record belong to
Yvonne McGregor (GBR) who was 10 days older than BAUSCH when she claimed
bronze in the 3km individual pursuit at Sydney 2000.
USA result was its best result in a women's event in cycling track at the
Canada won its
second medal in a women's event in cycling track, after Lori-Ann Muenzer
(CAN) won gold in the sprint at Athens 2004.
Results Round 1
KING (GBR) - gold, On
whether she will ever stop smiling, "Never ever, ever, ever. I'm
On how she felt
after winning the gold medal, "Words can't describe how I'm
feeling right now, I'm just so happy for us all. We came together tonight -
we're such an amazing team. I've never been so happy in my life."
motivation the crowd gave the team, "They kept us going in that
last kilometre, you couldn't even feel your legs."
difference the team's custom-painted finger nails made to their time, "They
drove me to the line today, with these world champs stripes."
how the gold medal was won, "We've been working so hard and we've
been making gains all the time. I want to thank Paul (Manning- coach) and
Esme (Taylor - physiologist at the English Institute of Sport). We rode as
one and I think that's why we're so successful."
the increased public profile of the Great Britain cycling team and whether
that added pressure, "We've used it as inspiration. It's only
been a positive thing and the support team we've got behind us is incredible
and I think that's why we keep winning so many medals. I hope it keeps
going, I know it will and we're going to be there supporting the rest of the
riders. It's the most amazing team to be a part of and I just feel
privileged to be a part of it."
where she was on the day London won the bid to host the Olympic Games, "I
wasn't even riding a bike then, so I definitely didn't think I'd be here
now. It's crazy, this journey's just been unbelievable for me. I wasn't even
part of British Cycling in 2009, but I've worked so hard and been a part of
it for two years now and I don't ever want to be out of the team because
it's the most amazing team to be in. Hopefully I'll be in the team for a
long time yet."
On her hopes for
Laura TROTT (GBR) in the omnium, "She's going to smash
ROWSELL (GBR) - gold on winning the gold medal, "It's
all about this gold medal, it's what I've dreamed of."
achieving the catch in the final, "I never expected it, I
couldn't believe it - I don't like to think we had it in the bag."
winning the gold on international alopecia day and bringing awareness
to the condition,"It felt incredible. Someone sent me a
tweet this morning saying it was international alopecia day, so I thought
'that was really spooky'. I hope I can be an inspiration to other girls with
the condition and I can help raise awareness of it."
the feeling of winning the gold medal, "It hasn't really
sunk in yet. I've got this gold medal and I'm keeping hold of it. It's been
such an incredible week for the team, starting with Lizzie (ARMITSTEAD, GBR)
winning the medal on Sunday and it has just got better and better. It's
great to be a part of that, keep those golds going and hopefully
the rest of the team will carry on."
the importance of being close friends on and off the track, "It's
a team event and it's all about trusting your teammates and you've got to
have 100% faith in them. I think being a good team is as important as
the physical side of things and you've got to have trust in each other, when
you're riding at that limit you've really got to believe in each other and
know that everybody is going to give everything."
being the fastest team on the track and the favourites to win, "We
were never complacent. America (USA) have really raised their game,
they really stepped it up in their second ride. But we had confidence in the
team and on that start line I had absolutely 100% belief in the other
two girls and it paid off."
TROTT (GBR) – gold the
fastest member of the team,"I
think we expected to break the work record at some point maybe not in every
single round that we competed in but we wanted to win," said
Trott. "We went in being favourites and we wanted to win
obviously and it all just came together. We rode really well as a team. We
were never complacent because we knew other teams would always step up and
we've worked so hard for this and we really believed in ourselves. We
couldn't ask for much more, three perfect races and I can't believe we’ve
won the gold."
On seeing Sir
Paul McCARTNEY (GBR) in the crowd, while singing along to 'Hey Jude', "It's
not often you can say you've waved and blown a kiss at a Beatle."
likelihood of the team winning the gold medal, "I can't believe
it's us, I mean, look at us."
On the omnium on Monday, "I've got a rest day tomorrow and then a day to get my head on. But for now I'll just lap this up and hopefully come back and do the same thing."
HAMMER (USA) on
the race, "It was a fight. Every single pedal stroke, every
single lap, every single race, it was war."
the winning British team, "They were obviously in another league.
But what we wanted to do was to go out and fight until the very end because
that's what this team has always done."
TAMAYO (USA) - silver on
the use of all four riders in the team, "We had a strategy coming
into the race with the coaches and us girls. We knew even from the start
that we were going to have a tall order going into the medal rounds, we did
what we had to do to get to the gold medal (race)."
how she felt before the final, "I was definitely nervous. These
girls had a couple of races under their legs and with the crowd and the
noise they had a chance to get those nerves and jitters out of the way
the USA team's first medal in track cycling, "Every country kind
of doubted us as to whether we could be a medal contender and our goal was
just to prove everybody wrong and to show them that we have it."
leaving track cycling to focus on road cycling, "I started my
career on track when I was 12 years old so it's kind of bittersweet to
come back and finish my track career with a silver medal in the Olympics.
Every girl always says they want to go to the Olympics and they want to win
a medal but to actually do it is a totally different story. It's amazing and
I don't think I can top it."
BAUSCH (USA) – silver on
teammate Sarah Hammer, "She was phenomenal. Not all these teams got
to pack a Sarah Hammer in their suitcase."
enjoying winning a silver medal, "It's
shocking. I keep wanting to wake up, I feel like this isn't really
Australia taking a big lead in the semifinal before being overhauled by
knew that would be their strategy to try to put us in a panic situation, but
we knew from their time from the day before (the qualifying round)
that they were probably not going to be able to hold on. They almost did but
we knew that we have the best finisher in the world to take us
home (Sarah Hammer)."
think it shows our maturity as a team. All those girls (Australia) are
pretty young and we knew we just had to ride our schedule for the first six
laps and then start to ride off what they were doing. Keep it under
control and keep it cool."
overall performance of the USA team, "The four of us think of
ourselves as the gladiators of team pursuit. We're such a mismatch. We have
Sarah (Hammer) a four-time world champion in pursuit and Jennie (Reed) a
sprinter and keirin champion and us roadies (Bausch and Tamayo) and we just
wanted it more these last two days. We just fought every pedal stroke, every
lap. I really believe that at the end of the day we wanted it more. It's
pretty wild to think of the rich depth of the track cycling programmes of
New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. (For us) it has just been the
four ladies and Ben (coach Sharp) and we got the silver."
REED (USA) - silver on changing
events from the keirin to the team pursuit, "I
retired as a keirin world champion and I really was inspired to come back
for a team event because I wanted to come back to the Olympics and have a
whole different dynamic. It's definitely what I got. The last couple of
years we have been through so much, we've cried, we've laughed, we've cried.
Then coming here we had five months where we left the world championships in
fifth place, we had not only to catch them, but we knew they were only going
to progress. So the whole time we were in Majorca, Spain (for a training
camp) we did everything we could, I'm so proud of the girls."
not being able to accept a medal on the podium (Reed did not ride in the
final), "That was a bit weird, we were firstly swept away under
the track centre and the lady just called out the names of my three
teammates and I was just shocked. It was a bummer for sure. I wanted to be
up there, I guess it's an IOC (International Olympic Committee) rule, but I
think it's a stupid rule, I don't understand it because if I'm going to get
a medal why wouldn't I be up there on the podium? It's just symbolic to be
up on the podium. I think they should change that rule, we did three rides
and we wanted to celebrate them (together),"
the use of all four riders in the team, "The decision was made
before today. Before we were coming into the first round we knew that our
best shot was going to be to win against Australia and make it into that
gold medal final, so we set it up like that, to give it everything for that
ride (against Australia). The best chance of going for gold would be to put
a fresh rider in. A lot of times in training you can't replicate. I come
from a sprint background and I don't know if I could reproduce a three
minute, 16 second ride in an hour. So to have Lauren (Tamayo) come in for
the final was the best strategy, so we have a fresh set of legs. And really
we were so happy we had nothing to lose."
her feelings towards being left out of the final in favour of Lauren Tamayo,
"We had a strategy going in and we knew that we had to utilise
the four of us. The most important rides honestly were the first and second
because in the final the Brits were in a different league. Just to go for it
and put a fresh rider in was going to be our best bet."
the atmosphere in the Velodrome, "It's awesome as a rider because
you don't have to up the ante yourself. We rode a 3:16 and we've never
touched that before."
Glaesser and Gillian Carleton, Tara Whitten (CAN) and
their coach Tanya Dubinioff
Whitten (CAN) Bronze medal and new CDN record, “It really feels
amazing. Yesterday we were a little bit disappointed in our ride and
especially being so close to second and third. We had to kind of
regroup overnight, change the lap orders up a bit. I'm really proud of
how the team came together today. It was close the whole way. We were just
fighting. it's an amazing feeling to have done it.”
GLAESSER (CAN) - bronze "It
is so special, we came here and we knew it was a possibility but we knew it
would take our everything and to be able to see it come together, and to
have this to share with all the people who supported us and all of Canada is
just so amazing," said Glaesser. The 20-year-old from Vancouver
only transitioned from running to cycling in 2009, and this is only her
first year of international competition at the senior level.
the overall performance, "It was fantastic to set a new Canadian
record in our first ride today. I think we were a little bit disappointed
with our time yesterday and seeing what the other teams were capable of, but
we didn't let that bring down our focus and we knew we could do better. I
think we showed that today so we can all be really happy with our
what they did to re-motivate themselves after the disappointing first day, "We
knew it was going to be very tough to beat the British team to make the gold
medal round. We also knew that we had every chance to win the bronze medal,
so we focused on that and we knew we could have a better ride today. We knew
we had so much more to put out there. So that's what we focused on, just
making sure we gave our absolute 'A' game today."
winning the bronze medal, "It is so special, we came here
and we knew it was a possibility but we knew it would take our
everything and to be able to see it come together and to have this to share
with all the people who supported us and all of Canada is just so
On the race, "It
was very tough. The last two rides (were) back to back but we really
wanted this as a group and as a team. As a thank-you for all the people who
have helped us the last year to pull this off. To see it happen is just so
On defeating the
Australian team, "We knew it was going to be a battle. We know they start
off fast but we knew it was going to come down to the last lap. It was a
challenge but we were 100% committed to do our best."
On team tactics,
"We knew that if we paced oursleves really well and our saved
oursleves for the end and have a strong finish we would have a chance."
On teammate Tara
Whitten, "I think the world better look out for Tara Whitten
because what she did tonight and all year is really out of this world."
CARLETON (CAN) – bronze Carloton,
22, said she knew the race was close because of the reaction by the crowd,
but had no idea how close the contest truly was."We just knew
something exciting was happening. We gave everything we had, knowing it was
going to be very, very close. I am so glad we crossed the line before
the Canadian chances of bronze after the first day, "We knew we
had the potential to ride on the podium after recent performances at the
Olympic test event and at the world championships, but it was still quite
oppressive to see yesterday all the other countries bringing their 'A' game
to this event, which is just fabulous. It elevates the competition a bit. It
was definitely a very tight bronze final against Australia, but we gave it
everything we had so, a good performance for us."
riding against Great Britain, "It was also quite exciting to go
up against Great Britain. We were here at the test event in February and we
faced them in the gold final. I think the crowd elevated our
performance and the British performance. I was excited to feel that
positive energy from the crowd again today. It was just phenomenal, I
couldn't even hear myself breathe and we set a new Canadian record in
that ride so I was pretty happy with our ride."
whether they were aware how close the race for bronze was, "We
know where the other team is based on where our coach is standing on the
line and because she was barely moving every time (lap) we knew it
was tight plus the roar of the crowd every time we crossed the start/finish
(line) - we just knew something exciting was happening. We gave
everything we had, knowing it was going to be very very close. I am so glad
we crossed the line before them."
teammate Tara Whitten “Tara Whitten is an amazing rider. She
did the lion's share of the work today. Truly phenomenal, I am so proud to
ride with her."
the team behind the athletes, "It's just the athletes that
perform. Behind the scenes we have physiologists, video experts and they
also help gather times, collect information and that helps me do my job.
They can look at lap splits the way the rides have been distributed and we
make changes and ultimately we ride better because we had the time to
refocus and the plan was executed this morning."
the gap between Great Britain and the other teams, "I
think GB (Great Britain) has magnets on the track. No, I'm just joking
but I did say that to the team of my colleague. How do you guys do that?
It's phenomenal. The sport has only been introduced in a short time and
already they break a world record everytime they ride."
a sense it's almost subliminal that we are in the same competition, but at
the same time, if we're going to compete against somebody I want
someone that's going to be the best that they can, because that's just going
to make us ride better. It's great for women in sport and great for women in
cycling. There's a forerunner and we have to chase them and that's a good
the future of cycling in Canada, "We
have just done such a great job on such a small budget. Everytime we hear
rumours on the GB (Great Britain) budget and what they have accomplished and
it's always: there's no limits and Ferrari testing and things like that, but
this is just a start."
we have done with the men's omnium and the women's omnium. It's unfortunate
we have only one male sprint athlete here and Monique Sullivan has done such
a great job here. That shows you the capability of our programme in such a
short time and so we really need a facility in Canada and target other
athletes from other sports."
TOMIC (AUS) on
finishing fourth in the final, "I feel absolutely devastated. We
left everything on the track so we can walk away with no regrets. All
we can do now is try to get some revenge in the omnium."
three teams went faster than us on the day. Our coach trained us to
perfection and we did a pb (personal best) in the second round so what can
EDMONDSON (AUS) on
her feelings after just missing out on a medal, "Our first ride
was the fastest we have ever done. We know we have been doing the right
things and we couldn't have asked more from that ride, but I think it
took it out of us for the final. As you can imagine we are all feeling upset
to come away empty handed but we know we gave everything."
racing in the omnium on Monday, "I'm going to race not just for
myself but for the girls and also for my brother who missed out on
the silver medal in the boy's (men's) team pursuit." (Alexander
is part of the Australian team but was not selected to race).
Brennauer (GER) was a little disappointed with 8th place, “It
is not what we expected. The time is really good for us. The time
differences are not that different after the first three or four teams.
There is a lot to do in Germany to help us. In the end we have to be happy
with the time, so shortly after the first round,” said Brennauer.
on having Judith Arndt back on the track for her last Olympics, “It
is great. She is so experienced. Although she has not ridden on the track
for a while, our coach felt she was the best rider to join us. I am proud to
say I have ridden with her.”
Arndt (GER) rode her last race on the track. The silver medallist in
the individual time trial, was relieved to be done, “That was bloody painful,” said Arndt. “I think we did a very good
time, we only got 8th but we set a German record. For me it felt
fast. I am glad I am done,” said Arndt.
Shanks (NZL) was bitterly disappointed with fifth place, “It was incredibly difficult to stand here and watch those medal ride
offs. It was our aim to be there. We knew that Gold was a bit off but Bronze
was in our reach. We had a pretty good pathway to try to make the Bronze
medal. We did a PB in our first ride but there are a lot of other countries
going quicker,” said Shanks
van Dijk (NED) was disappointed with the results, “When you look in a realistic way you see the gap with number 1 is
super big, so there is no way we can compete with them right now. For the
Bronze medal we are closer, but at the moment we are just not strong
enough” said van Dijk.
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