| Event type

Points Race, Women

Date25 August 2004 — 16:45-17:25
LocationOlympiako Podilatodromio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants19 from 19 countries
Format100 laps (25 km). Ten sprints, one every 10 laps (2.5 km) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. 20 point bonus for lapping field.

The race was held as a final only over 25 km. (100 laps), with a sprint every 10 laps. Olga Slyusareva (RUS) had won the World Championships in 2001-2004 and was a heavy favorite. She wanted the gold badly after having won “only” a bronze in 2000. But she started slowly, placing in only two of the first five sprints and in fifth place at the halfway point. Then she scored in all the remaining sprints, winning three of them, to win easily with 20 points. Nineteen riders started, with 14 of them finishing on the same lap.

The early leader was Maria Luisa Calle (COL) who had 12 points in the first five sprints and led at the halfway point. But she failed to place in any of the remaining sprints and originally finished third. Then her doping test turned up positive for heptaminol and she was disqualified, the bronze medal going to American Erin Mirabella. Calle appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and was exonerated; the ruling stating that she had taken only a headache medicine that had been converted to heptaminol during laboratory analysis. Fourteen months after the 2004 Olympics, Calle was restored to third place and Mirabella returned the bronze medal.

1Olga SlyusarevaRUS20---20Gold
2Belem GuerreroMEX14same lap14Silver
3María Luisa CalleCOL12same lap12Bronze1
4Erin MirabellaUSA9same lap9
5Vera CarraraITA8same lap8
6Sarah UlmerNZL8same lap8
7Gema PascualESP7same lap7
8Kate BatesAUS7same lap7
9Katrin MeinkeGER5same lap5
10Yoanka GonzálezCUB5same lap5
11Adrie VisserNED5same lap5
12Emma DaviesGBR4same lap4
13Sonia HuguetFRA2same lap2
14Li MeifangCHN1same lap1
15Lada KozlíkováCZE0same lap0
16Kyriaki KonstantinidouGRE-18at 1 lap2
17Kim Yong-MiKOR-19at 1 lap1
18Liudmyla VypyrailoUKR-20at 1 lap0
DNFSantia Tri KusumaINA2