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Road Race, Individual, Women

Date26 July 1992 — 17:30
StatusOlympic
LocationSant Sadurní Cycling Circuit, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
Participants57 from 26 countries
Format81 km. ( miles) mass start race.

As always, Jeannie Longo of France was the favorite, hoping to win the Olympic gold medal that had eluded her in 1984 and 1988. Strong competition was expected from the Dutch team, which featured defending champion Monique Knol and reigning World Champion Leontien Van Moorsel . However, Knol and Van Moorsel had a personal feud and refused to work for each other during the race. Near the end of the race, Longo rode with a group of 33 riders when she broke away three kilometers from the finish. She stayed away and at first thought she had finally won her gold medal. But due to poor information from the course directors, most of the pack had missed the fact that Australian Kathy Watt had pulled away from the field at the beginning of the final lap. Watt made this break while the pack was catching an earlier break, and it was not noticed. Watt opened up a big lead quickly and stayed away for the entire final circuit to win the gold medal. Watt was a top rider, having won the 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medal, and finishing third that year at the female Giro d’Italia. Longo was second, ahead of defending champion, Monique Knol, who sprinted to the bronze medal ahead of the pack.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Kathy WattAUS2-04:42Gold
2Jeannie Longo-CiprelliFRAat 0:20Silver
3Monique KnolNEDat 0:21Bronze
4Nataliya KyshchukEUNat 0:21
5Monica ValvikNORat 0:21
6Jeanne GolayUSAat 0:21
7Kathleen ShannonAUSat 0:21
8Luzia ZbergSUIat 0:21
9Marie HöljerSWEat 0:21
10Sally ZackUSAat 0:21
11Karina SkibbyDENat 0:21
12Alison SydorCANat 0:21
13Jacqui UttienAUSat 0:21
14Aiga ZagorskaLTUat 0:21
15Kristel WerckxBELat 0:21
16Zinaida StahurskayaEUNat 0:21
17Valeria CappellottoITAat 0:21
18Laima ZilporytėLTUat 0:21
19Viola PaulitzGERat 0:21
20Daiva ČepelienėLTUat 0:21
21Catherine MarsalFRAat 0:21
22Petra WalczewskiSUIat 0:21
23Leontien van MoorselNEDat 0:21
24Marie PurvisGBRat 0:21
25Tea Vikstedt-NymanFINat 0:21
26Inga ThompsonUSAat 0:21
27Elisabeth WestmanSWEat 0:21
28Petra RoßnerGERat 0:21
29Petra GrimbergenNEDat 0:21
30Joann BurkeNZLat 0:21
31Kelly-Ann WayCANat 0:21
32Maria Paola TurcuttoITAat 0:21
33Marion ClignetFRAat 0:31
34Ainhoa ArtolazábalESPat 0:31
35Belén CuevasESPat 0:44
36Maria HawkinsCANat 0:51
37Gunhild ØrnNORat 1:04
38Madeleine LindbergSWEat 1:04
39Roberta BonanomiITAat 1:16
40Louise JonesGBRat 3:31
41Ingunn BollerudNORat 5:00
42Dori RuanoESPat 5:00
43Barbara HeebSUIat 5:00
44Jutta NiehausGERat 5:00
45Sally HodgeGBRat 9:28
46Jackie MartinRSAat 11:00
47Yvonne ElkuchLIEat 16:50
48Cláudia CarceroniBRAat 19:10
49Roz ReekieNZLat 19:10
50Yumiko SuzukiJPNat 24:40
51Éva IzsákHUNat 24:40
52Margaret BeanGUMat 24:40
53Pak Chun-HwaPRKat 33:56
54Kim Gyong-HuiPRKat 35:01
ACSvetlana SamokhvalovaEUNDNF
ACChoi In-AePRKDNF
ACCamille SolisBIZDNF