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2012 UCI Track World Championships

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Day 1 Finals

Melbourne, Australia

Race Writeup

Germany break the world record again to secure the coveted World Champion rainbow jersey. Australia went under the world record time set by the Germans in qualifying and beat their fastest time in the final, but it was not enough. Despite Meares again going quicker than the German starter Miriam Welte, Kaarle McCulloch could not match the speed of Kristina Vogels.

In the ride for Bronze the Chinese pair of Shuang Guo and Jinjie Gong outpaced the British pair. 

The key aspect of this new Olympic event is the pace at which the teams are developing. Despite going quicker than they had previously, Anna Meares was clearly the fastest on the track today but it is team event and needs both riders to be firing at the same time. The Germans managed to do this today and set the benchmark for the rest of the world to follow. 

Comments

Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte (Germany) were overjoyed with the result, "I could not believe this could happen here," said Welte. "We have been training so hard and to break the world record twice is unimaginable," added Welte.

With the individual sprint competition tomorrow, the pair do not have time to celebrate, "We will go and get some food, a massage and a good nights sleep," smiled Welte.

Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch (Australia) are the three time world champions in the team sprint. Asked about the speed of the German pair McCulloch said, "That's just bike racing for you. We lost probably by a tyre tonight, but that's racing. I'm so happy to come here and ride under the current world record, but to come second to the Germans in a world record, we can't ask for anything more."

Anna Meares added, " We rode outside of our skins tonight and we performed as a team and really got beaten by the better team tonight and we're really proud of the Germans girls. They have been working very hard and you can see their progression over the years as well, which is good to see."

Shuang Guo and Jinjie Gong (China) were very relaxed before the start and not concerned about their time in the finals. "It is a long year and we have a long preparation to London. We are happy with where we are and glad to come away with a medal," said Guo

Jess Varnish and Vicki Pendleton (Great Britain) were under a huge amount of pressure coming into the event and a little disappointed but not despondent about their ride."Our whole year is evolved around the Olympic Games. You can't always perform at the highest at every event you do. We set a blistering pace in London but the German team were faster today. That's how it goes the competition is moving faster and we just need to push harder to beat them the next time," said Varnish.

Dave Brailsford (Sport Director Great Britain) was not disappointed with the performance of Pendleton and Varnish, "We tell them to give it everything they have, if they do that but still don't win its ok. We have one major goal this year, London and everything is targeted towards that," said Brailsford

 

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Results  

Position Name Time Speed
GOLD Germany 32.549 (WR) 55.301
VOGEL Kristina
WELTE Miriam
SILVER Australia 32.597 55.219
MCCULLOCH Kaarle
MEARES Anna
Bronze China 32.87 54.761
GONG Jinjie
GUO Shuang
Great Britain 33.16 54.282
PENDLETON Victoria
VARNISH Jessica

 

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