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Track Day 6 - Meares sprint GOLD, Trott, Omnium GOLD

London 2012, Velodrome

Race Writeup

Sprint - Meares Gold

Anna Meares (AUS) finally secured the Olympic Sprint Gold medal against her biggest rival on her home turf. Vicki Pendleton (GBR) was beaten to in two straight races. The star of British women's sprinting for the last 10 years bowed out of cycling with one final medal. In the battle for Bronze, China's Shuang Guo, who had the expectations of her nation, beat Kristina Vogel (GER) in two straight to win Bronze.

The home crowd, were a wall of noise as Pendleton and Meares 

 

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Results  

Final

Position Name Country Time Time
GOLD MEARES Anna AUS 11.218 11.348
SILVER PENDLETON Victoria GBR REL
BRONZE GUO Shuang CHN 11.532 11.591
4 VOGEL Kristina GER
5 KRUPECKAITE Simona LTU
6 GUERRA RODRIGUEZ Lisandra CUB
7 SHULIKA Lyubov UKR
8 PANARINA Olga BLR
9 KANIS Willy NED
10 LEE Wai Sze HKG
11 SULLIVAN Monique CAN
12 HANSEN Natasha NZL
13 GAVIRIA RENDON Juliana COL
14 LEE Hyejin KOR
15 CUEFF Virginie FRA
16 LARREAL Daniela Grelui VEN
17 MAEDA Kayono JPN
18 GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS

Semi-Finals

Position Name Country Time Time
1 PENDLETON Victoria GBR 11.481 11.538
VOGEL Kristina GER
1 MEARES Anna AUS 11.683 11.284
GUO Shuang CHN

 

5-8th
Position Name Country Time
5 KRUPECKAITE Simona Lithuania 11.812
6 GUERRA RODRIGUEZ Lisandra Cuba
7 SHULIKA  Lyubov Ukraine
8 PANARINA Olga Belarus

 

Omnium - Trott GOLD, Hammer SILVER, Edmondson BRONZE

Laura Trott (GBR) today became the youngest double medal winner in women's track cycling. Trott won her second medal, taking over the record of Anna Meares (AUS) (Athens 2004). Trott became the second British woman with multiple medals in cycling track, after Victoria Pendleton. Trott at just over 20, also became the second youngest person to win two gold medals in track cycling. Burton Downing (USA) won two gold medals in the men's 25 mile race and the 2 mile race at age 19 years and 182 days at St Louis 1904. 

After taking silver in the women's team pursuit, Sarah Hammer (USA) another silver medal to her tally. Prior to 2012, the United States' last woman with a medal in cycling track was Rebecca Twigg (USA) in women's 3km individual pursuit at Barcelona 1992. Annette Edmondson (AUS) won bronze, making Australia the first country to win 10 medals in women's track cycling in Olympics. In the end Trott won by a two-point difference with victory in three of the six events in the inaugural Olympic omnium

Position Name Country 250m Flying 20km Points Elimination 3km IP 10km Scratch 500m TT Total
GOLD TROTT Laura GBR 1 10 1 2 3 1 18
SILVER HAMMER Sarah USA 5 5 2 1 2 4 19
BRONZE EDMONDSON Annette AUS 3 11 3 4 1 2 24
4 WHITTEN Tara CAN 7 3 8 3 6 10 37
5 D'HOORE Jolien BEL 10 4 6 8 5 12 45
6 WILD Kirsten NED 4 16 5 6 4 15 50
7 KIESANOWSKI Joanne NZL 16 7 7 11 7 7 55
8 MEJIAS GARCIA Marlies CUB 8 12 9 9 14 5 57
9 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana BLR 12 2 15 5 12 13 59
10 ROMANYUTA Evgeniya RUS 15 6 4 10 10 16 61
11 WOJTYRA Malgorzata POL 13 1 10 12 13 14 63
12 HUANG Li CHN 9 15 16 13 8 6 67
13 OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Leire ESP 6 13 12 14 16 8 69
14 SANCHEZ Clara FRA 2 18 13 18 18 3 72
15 LEE Minhye KOR 14 14 11 15 9 11 74
16 CALLE WILLIAMS Maria Luisa COL 18 8 14 7 11 18 76
17 HSIAO Mei Yu TPE 11 17 17 16 15 9 85
18 GONZALEZ Angie VEN 17 9 18 17 17 17 95

 

500m TT

The final event was a nail biter. Trott was fastest in the 500m Time Trial to complete the dream win. Trott and Hammer were the last to ride against the clock. Trott set a searing 35.110 seconds ahead of Annette Edmondson. Clara Sanchez (FRA), a sprint specialist, who before the Olympics had not ridden an Omnium in International competition, was sitting in 18th place before the 500m TT. In a field of endurance riders, Sanchez’s third place defined the overall result. She finished behind Trott in the sprint-friendly flying lap and 500m time trial events, but ahead of Hammer which cost Hammer two points that proved costly to the American.

Results  

Position Name Country Time
1 TROTT Laura Great Britain 35.110 km/hr
2 EDMONDSON Annette Australia 35.140 51.267
3 SANCHEZ Clara France 35.451 51.223
4 HAMMER Sarah USA 35.900 50.774
5 MEJIAS GARCIA Marlies Cuba 35.912 50.139
6 HUANG Li China 36.315 50.122
7 KIESANOWSKI Joanne New Zealand 36.360 49.566
8 OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Leire Spain 36.393 49.504
9 HSIAO Mei Yu Chinese Taipei 36.482 49.460
10 WHITTEN Tara Canada 36.509 49.339
11 LEE Minhye Korea 36.547 49.302
12 D'HOORE Jolien Belgium 36.585 49.251
13 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana Belarus 36.748 49.200
14 WOJTYRA Malgorzata Poland 36.790 48.982
15 WILD Kirsten Netherlands 37.152 48.926
16 ROMANYUTA Evgeniya Russia 37.308 48.449
17 GONZALEZ Angie Venezuela 37.578 48.247
18 CALLE WILLIAMS Maria Luisa Columbia 37.937 47.900

 

Results  

Scratch

The scratch race was full of attacks and aggression right from the start.  Going in, Sarah Hammer (USA) and Laura Trott (GBR) were separated by one point, with Tara Whitten (CAN) and Australian Annette Edmondson tied at 21 points for third, eight points behind Hammer. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL) and Malgorzato Wojtyra POL) attacked immediately.

Trott, Whitten and Edmondson were all active at the front. Hammer was towards the back.

Trott accelerated on the front then slowed. This slowed the bunch which allowed Kirstin Wild (NED) to attack. Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) chased Wild but she had half a lap. Tatiana Sharakova (BLR) and Edmondson chased. Trott reacted which forced Whitten to chase.  Six leaders formed but not for long. Whitten, Edmondson, Trott, Sharakova, D'Hoore and Evgeniya Romanyuta (RUS) made up the front of the race. The peloton chased hard to bring the race back together.

With 20 laps to go, Sharakova decided to attack again. D’Hoore and Maria Calle Williams (COL) went with her but Whitten and Edmondson's spot the move and close the gap.

Whitten and Hammer react to a move by the Russian Romanyuta and China’s Li Huang to bring it all back together.

Trott and Hammer were on each other’s wheels when Wojtyra tried to go again. With 13 laps to go, the bunch were sitting tight together. With 10km, Hammer put in a big attack D'Hoore could not hold the wheel but Edmondson brought it back.

Leirie Olaberria (SPN) attacked with 7 laps to go, she's was joined by Angie Gonzalez (VEN) and Calle (COL).

Things tightened up again with 3 laps to go. Trott moved to the front, Hammer, Edmondson, D'Hoore and Wild all moved up. Hammer went with 2 to go. Edmondson matched her and attacked with one to go to win.

With the final 500m last, the battle for Gold was between Hammer and Trott. Hammer needed to finish no lower than third. In the event of a tie on points, the cumulative time in the timed events will be the tie breaker. Hammer had the advantage after her win in the pursuit.

 

Results  

Position Name Country
1 EDMONDSON Annette Australia
2 HAMMER Sarah USA
3 TROTT Laura Great Britain
4 WILD Kirsten Netherlands
5 D'HOORE Jolien Belgium
6 WHITTEN Tara Canada
7 KIESANOWSKI Joanne New Zealand
8 HUANG Li China
9 LEE Minhye Korea
10 ROMANYUTA Evgeniya Russia
11 CALLE WILLIAMS Maria Luisa Columbia
12 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana Belarus
13 WOJTYRA Malgorzata Poland
14 MEJIAS GARCIA Marlies Cuba
15 HSIAO Mei Yu Chinese Taipei
16 OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Leire Spain
17 GONZALEZ Angie Venezuela
18 SANCHEZ Clara France

 

3km Individual Pursuit

Sarah Hammer (USA) won the 3km Individual Pursuit in the 4th event in the Omnium, ahead of Laura Trott (GBR) the overnight leader. The win, put Hammer 1 point ahead of Trott in the overall standings. In the battle for third and fourth spot, Canadian Tara Whitten was over 4 seconds fast than Australian Annette Edmondson, the pair are equal on 21 points. 

With two events left, 10km Scratch race and 500m TT the medal opportunities seem to favour Hammer and Trott but anything can happen in the final events. 

Results  

Position Name Country Time km/hr
1 HAMMER Sarah USA 03:29.554 51.538
2 TROTT Laura Great Britain 03:30.547 51.294
3 WHITTEN Tara Canada 03:31.114 51.157
4 EDMONDSON Annette Australia 03:35.958 50.009
5 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana Belarus 03:38.301 49.472
6 WILD Kirsten Netherlands 03:39.741 49.148
7 CALLE WILLIAMS Maria Luisa Columbia 03:40.349 49.013
8 D'HOORE Jolien Belgium 03:41.495 48.759
9 MEJIAS GARCIA Marlies Cuba 03:41.897 48.671
10 ROMANYUTA Evgeniya Russia 03:42.301 48.582
11 KIESANOWSKI Joanne New Zealand 03:44.971 48.006
12 WOJTYRA Malgorzata Poland 03:45.083 47.982
13 HUANG Li China 03:45.610 47.870
14 OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Leire Spain 03:46.317 47.720
15 LEE Minhye Korea 03:46.871 47.604
16 HSIAO Mei Yu Chinese Taipei 03:49.051 47.151
17 GONZALEZ Angie Venezuela 03:54.926 45.971
18 SANCHEZ Clara France 03:56.800 45.608

 

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Comments

Laura TROTT (GBR) – gold On securing gold in the final 500m time trial, "I cannot believe this is happening to me. I was losing my head a little bit between the events because they weren't going the way I wanted them to. I am so happy."

On her form during the Olympic Games, at which she also won gold in team pursuit, "My coaches really helped me to peak on time. I couldn't ask from much more from the coaching staff. They've helped me improve so much since worlds (championships). My family and friends are here, and the support of the crowd."

On support from her family, "I couldn't have done it without them. The amount of money they put in when I was young and they had to take me everywhere. My dad had to give up his cricket. I am so happy and I cannot thank everyone enough."

On the crowd, "It is crazy, they definitely helped me. My legs were killing me. It feels like the roof is getting lifted off. The crowd was chanting my name and I thought 'I am not going to let them down.”

On whether she thought she could win two gold medals, "I wouldn't have put it totally out of the picture after winning two in Melbourne (at the 2012 world championships)."

On the final event, the 500m time trial, "I'm never normally that nervous because I am good at it. Not many people can put three points into Sarah Hammer (USA)."

On the promise she made to her sister Emma (Trott), "I promised her a car if I won both (medals), so there goes the prize money."

On whether she felt 2012 was too soon for her, "I never thought I would make it to 2012, even my dad said 2016 and I thought 'that is so far away.”

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