Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012
Track Day 4
London 2012, Velodrome
Vicki Pendleton (GBR), Anna Meares (AUS), Shuang Guo (CHN), Kristina Vogel (GR), Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) an Cuba Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez won their way relatively easily into the quarterfinals. Taking 6 of the 8 places on offer they have 24 hours to relax before having to race again.
Not so lucky are the riders that have to fight their way through via the repechage round. With only 30 minutes rest the six losers had to be back on the track again. The top two who qualify will have ridden five times in one day, in comparison to the top riders who only needed rides.
In the battle for the quarterfinals, Lyubov Shulika (UKR) and Olga Panarina (BLR) secured their spot in the top 8.
In the first heat, Willy Kanis (NED) tried hard to attack early but Shulika was too strong.
In the second heat, Moniqiue Sullivan (CAN) and Natasha Hansen (NZL) tried but Panarina was too strong.
Willy Kanis (NED) kept fighting to the line to finish 9th overall. It was a close battle, particularly given it was all four riders 6th race of the day.
The top 8 riders navigated with ease to the next round of the competition. The closest match was between the final pair, Natasha Hansen (NZL) and Lyubov Shulika (UKR). In the end Shulika was too strong for the New Zealander.
Race Writeup 1/16th Repechage
In the race to get into the 1/8 finals, Natasha Hansen (NZL) attacked at the bell to secure her place in the next round. Monique Sullivan (CAN) did the same thing. Willy Kanis had to go a little earlier but she too secured hr spot.
Race Writeup Qualifying
Vicki Pendleton (GBR) qualified fastest for the sprint competition. Pendleton posted 10.724 seconds. The time was just .081 seconds outside the World record of 10.643 seconds set by Miriam Welte (GER) in Colorado in June 2012. Although Welte set the record at altitude in June, it was only ratified by the UCI three days before
Anna Meares (AUS) was second fastest, incredibly .081 behind Pendleton, the only two riders to go sub 11 seconds. China's Shuang Guo and Germany's Kristina Vogel were a bit off the pace.
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