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Team Sprint, Women

Date 2 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationVelodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants20 from 10 countries

The women’s team sprint differed from the men’s version in that there were two riders instead of three, and thus only two laps. It was a new addition to the Olympic Games but featured in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships where, for three of the past four years, it was dominated by Australians Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares. Their only loss had come in the most recent edition, when the Germans Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte burst onto the scene and stole the title, twice setting a world record during the event. The British team of Vicki Pendleton and Jessica Varnish, as well as the Chinese team Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang, were considered to be strong competitors as well, although many believed that the gold medal match would come to a showdown between the Germans and the Australians.

Unfortunately, the event’s début at the Olympics bordered on disastrous. It began with a fairly auspicious start, with Great Britain setting a world record in the qualification round that was almost immediately broken by the Chinese. In the semi-finals, however, Great Britain won their heat with the second fastest time in the round, thus allowing them the opportunity to compete for gold, but lost the chance when they were relegated for an early exchange – Pendleton passed Varnish too early – disqualifying them from the competition. Australia won its heat, but only posted the third-fastest time (even after Britain’s relegation) and were left to contest bronze against the Ukraine. China seemed to be the only team that fared well in this round, once again setting a world record, but met the same fate as the British in the semis. Even though the Chinese team earned gold in their race against Germany, they were relegated to silver for an early exchange of their own. Australia, meanwhile, easily won its match and took home bronze, but seemed somewhat disheartened at the missed opportunity to take the inaugural Olympic title.

PosTeamNOC
1GermanyGERGold
Kristina VogelMiriam Welte
2People's Republic of ChinaCHNSilver
Gong JinjieGuo Shuang
3AustraliaAUSBronze
Kaarle McCullochAnna Meares
4UkraineUKR
Liubov ShulikaOlena Tsos
5NetherlandsNED
Yvonne HijgenaarWilly Kanis
6FranceFRA
Sandie ClairVirginie Cueff
7VenezuelaVEN
Daniela LarrealMariaesthela Vilera
8Great BritainGBR
Vicki PendletonJess Varnish
9Republic of KoreaKOR
Lee Eun-JiLee Hye-Jin
10ColombiaCOL
Diana GarcíaJuliana Gaviria

Qualifying Round (2 August 2012 — 16:00)

Top eight finishers advanced to round one.

PosTeamNOCTime
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN32.447Q
Gong JinjieGuo Shuang
2Great BritainGBR32.526Q
Vicki PendletonJess Varnish
3GermanyGER32.630Q
Kristina VogelMiriam Welte
4AustraliaAUS32.825Q
Kaarle McCullochAnna Meares
5NetherlandsNED33.253Q
Yvonne HijgenaarWilly Kanis
6FranceFRA33.638Q
Sandie ClairVirginie Cueff
7UkraineUKR33.708Q
Liubov ShulikaOlena Tsos
8VenezuelaVEN34.320Q
Daniela LarrealMariaesthela Vilera
9Republic of KoreaKOR34.636
Lee Eun-JiLee Hye-Jin
10ColombiaCOL34.870
Diana GarcíaJuliana Gaviria

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1VenezuelaVEN34.32019.608 (9)
14.712 (9)
Daniela LarrealMariaesthela Vilera
2Republic of KoreaKOR34.63620.080 (10)
14.556 (8)
Lee Eun-JiLee Hye-Jin

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1UkraineUKR33.70819.465 (8)
14.243 (4)
Liubov ShulikaOlena Tsos
2ColombiaCOL34.87019.319 (7)
15.551 (10)
Diana GarcíaJuliana Gaviria

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1NetherlandsNED33.25318.912 (5)
14.341 (5)
Yvonne HijgenaarWilly Kanis
2FranceFRA33.63819.111 (6)
14.527 (7)
Sandie ClairVirginie Cueff

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1Great BritainGBR32.52618.797 (4)
13.729 (1)
Vicki PendletonJess Varnish
2AustraliaAUS32.82518.468 (2)
14.357 (6)
Kaarle McCullochAnna Meares

Heat Five

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN32.44718.414 (1)
14.033 (3)
WR
Gong JinjieGuo Shuang
2GermanyGER32.63018.692 (3)
13.729 (1)
Kristina VogelMiriam Welte

Round One (2 August 2012 — 16:30)

Fastest two winners advance to final; next fastest two winners advance to bronze medal race.

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1AustraliaAUS32.80618.490 (1)
14.316 (2)
QB
Kaarle McCullochAnna Meares
2NetherlandsNED33.09018.818 (2)
14.272 (1)
Yvonne HijgenaarWilly Kanis

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1GermanyGER32.70118.826 (1)
13.875 (1)
Q
Kristina VogelMiriam Welte
2FranceFRA33.70719.247 (2)
14.460 (2)
Sandie ClairVirginie Cueff

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1UkraineUKR33.62019.353 (1)
14.267 (1)
QB
Liubov ShulikaOlena Tsos
ACGreat BritainGBR32.56718.954 (AC)
13.613 (AC)
DQ1
Vicki PendletonJess Varnish

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN32.42218.513 (1)
13.909 (1)
QWR
Gong JinjieGuo Shuang
2VenezuelaVEN34.41519.687 (2)
14.728 (2)
Daniela LarrealMariaesthela Vilera

Final Round (2 August 2012 — 17:59)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1GermanyGER32.79818.737 (1)
14.061 (1)
Kristina VogelMiriam Welte
ACPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN32.61918.668 (AC)
13.891 (AC)
DQ2
Gong JinjieGuo Shuang

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTimeLap 1
1AustraliaAUS32.72718.542 (1)
14.185 (1)
Kaarle McCullochAnna Meares
2UkraineUKR33.49119.275 (2)
14.216 (2)
Liubov ShulikaOlena Tsos