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Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012 

 

 

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Track Day 3    Great Britain Gold plus World and Olympic records

London 2012, Velodrome

Race Writeup

Final

Great 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.

The 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.

Great 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.

Laura 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. 

Dotsie 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.

The USA result was its best result in a women's event in cycling track at the Olympic Games.

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.

 

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Results  Finals

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
Gold KING Dani Great Britain 03:14.051 55.655 WR
TROTT Laura Great Britain
ROWSELL Joanna Great Britain
Silver HAMMER Sarah USA 03:19.727 54.073
BAUSCH Dotsie USA
REED Jennie USA
Bronze WHITTEN Tara Canada 03:17.915 54.568
CARLETON Gillian Canada
GLAESSER Jasmin Canada
4 EDMONDSON Annette Australia 03:18.096 54.519
HOSKINS Melissa Australia
TOMIC Josephine Australia
5 ELLIS Lauren New Zealand 03:19.351 54.175
NIELSEN Jaime New Zealand
SHANKS Alison New Zealand
6 KOEDOODER Vere Netherlands 03:23.256 53.134
PIETERS Amy Netherlands
van Dijk Ellen Netherlands
7 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana Belarus 3.20.245 53.933
DYLKO Alena Belarus
PAPKO Aksana Belarus
8 ARNDT Judith Germany 03:20.824 53.778
BECKER Charlotte Germany
BRENNAUER Lisa Germany
9 BOCHKAROVA Yelizaveta Ukraine
GALYUK Svitlana Ukraine
KALITOVSKA Lesya Ukraine
10 JIANG Fan China
JIANG Wenwen China
LIANG Jing China

 

Results Round 1

Heat 1 Time Km/Hr
WILD Kirsten Netherlands 03:20.013 53.996
PIETERS Amy Netherlands
van Dijk Ellen Netherlands
ARNDT Judith Germany 03:21.086 53.708
BECKER Charlotte Germany
BRENNAUER Lisa Germany
Heat 2
ELLIS Lauren New Zealand 03:18.514 54.404
NIELSEN Jaime New Zealand
SHANKS Alison New Zealand
SHARAKOVA Tatsiana Belarus 03:21.942 53.480
DYLKO Alena Belarus
PAPKO Aksana Belarus
Heat 3
HAMMER Sarah USA 03:16.853 54.863
BAUSCH Dotsie USA
REED Jennie USA
EDMONDSON Annette Australia 03:16.935 54.840
HOSKINS Melissa Australia
TOMIC Josephine Australia
Heat 4
KING Dani Great Britain 03:14.682 55.475 WR
TROTT Laura Great Britain
ROWSELL Joanna Great Britain
WHITTEN Tara Canada 03:17.454 54.696
CARLETON Gillian Canada
GLAESSER Jasmin Canada

 

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Comments 

Dani KING (GBR) - gold, On whether she will ever stop smiling, "Never ever, ever, ever. I'm so happy."

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."

On the motivation the crowd gave the team, "They kept us going in that last kilometre, you couldn't even feel your legs."

On the difference the team's custom-painted finger nails made to their time, "They drove me to the line today, with these world champs stripes."

On 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."

On 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."

On 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 it."

Joanna ROWSELL (GBR) - gold on winning the gold medal, "It's all about this gold medal, it's what I've dreamed of."

On nearly 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."

On 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."

On 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."

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."

On 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."

Laura 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."

On the 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." 

Sarah HAMMER (USA) on the race, "It was a fight. Every single pedal stroke, every single lap, every single race, it was war."

On 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."

Lauren 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)."

On 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 before."

On 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."

On 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."

Dotsie BAUSCH (USA) – silver on teammate Sarah Hammer, "She was phenomenal. Not all these teams got to pack a Sarah Hammer in their suitcase."

On enjoying winning a silver medal, "It's shocking. I keep wanting to wake up, I feel like this isn't really happening."

On Australia taking a big lead in the semifinal before being overhauled by USA, "We 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)."

"I 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."

On the 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."

Jennie 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."

On 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),"

On 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."

On 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."

On 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."

Jasmin Glaesser and Gillian Carleton, Tara Whitten (CAN) and their coach Tanya Dubinioff

Tara 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.”

Going up against the Brits in the semi was hard.  How did you prepare and manage it. “We really made a decision to just use the energy of the crowd. It's just so loud you can either let that distract you it or you can feed off the energy.

We knew that was the way it was going to be. We knew that from having raced against the Brits at the World Cup here. We were prepared for the noise and just did our own ride.

It has been really exciting just to see the depth of Canadian women track cyclists now.”

Jasmin 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.

On 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 ride."

On 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."

On 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 amazing."

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 amazing."

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."

Gillian 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 them."

On 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."

On 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."

On competing at her first Olympics, "Gillian and I, this is our first season of international racing but it's just a testament of the strength of this team definitely to have someone like Tara to be able to lead us and motivate us and being able to train with her and compete with her is such an honour really and I think she's a huge part of getting us here in addition to all the coaches and all the staff."

On 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."

On 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."

Tanya Dubnicoff (CAN) - coach on the competition format, "The way the girls rode all the way through competition is a testament to show that the format that is written for the team pursuit competition just shows you that it's not over till it's over. Even though we may have not had a fully capable ride the first round we regrouped and really had a solid ride earlier today and then accomplished it by winning bronze in the final."

On 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."

On 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."

"In 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 thing."

On 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."

"What 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."

Josephine 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."

"Just 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 we do?"

Annette 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."

On 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).

Lisa 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.

Reflecting 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.”

Judith 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.  

Alison 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

Ellen 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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