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Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameLeontine Martha Henrica Petronella "Leontien"•Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Used nameLeontien•Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Born22 March 1970 in Boekel (NED)
Measurements168 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsTeam Farm Frites-Hartol
NOC(s) Netherlands

Biography

In the early 1990s Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel threatened the supremacy of France’s Jeannie Longo as the best female cyclist. Under her maiden name van Moorsel, she won two road world titles (1991, 1993), two Grande Boucles (1992-93), and the world title in the individual pursuit on the track (1990). But van Moorsel suffered from anorexia and bulimia, an eating disorder, and lost 20 kg (44 lbs.) while already slim. Her cycling career suffered, but she returned to prominence in the late 1990s, winning the individual time trial World Championship in 1998 and 1999 and the world pursuit title again in 2001-2003. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she had the most successful Olympics ever by a woman cyclist. She won the individual pursuit in world record time, won the road race and the individual time trial, and added a silver medal on the track in the points race. Van Moorsel continued competing and at Athens in 2004 won a gold medal in the individual time trial and a bronze medal in the individual pursuit. In 2003, she bettered the world hour record, recording 46.065 km.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1992 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) Road Race, Individual, Women Olympic 23 Representing Netherlands     as Leontien van Moorsel
Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Olympic 8
2000 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) Road Race, Individual, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Netherlands    
  Individual Time Trial, Women Olympic 1 Gold
Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  Points Race, Women Olympic 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) Road Race, Individual, Women Olympic AC Representing Netherlands    
  Individual Time Trial, Women Olympic 1 Gold
Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1992 Summer Olympics 30 July 1992 Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Qualifying Round, Heat Five 3:46.956 1
2000 Summer Olympics 17 September 2000 Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Qualifying Round, Heat Four 3:31.570 1
2000 Summer Olympics 17 September 2000 Cycling Track (Cycling) Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women Semi-Finals, Heat Two 3:30.816 WR 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Netherlands    
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Netherlands    

Special Notes