| Event type

Keirin, Women

Date 3 August 2012
LocationVelodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants18 from 18 countries

Women’s keirin was the second new track cycling event at the 2012 Olympics, the first having been the women’s team sprint. Many of the competitors, however, had World Championship titles in the discipline, which had been contested there since 2002. France’s Clara Sánchez won the event in the 2004 and 2005, was runner up in 2002 and 2006, and earned a bronze medal in 2011. Guo Shuang of China was victorious in 2009, came in second in 2007, and captured bronze in 2006. Home-town favorite Vicki Pendleton was champion in 2007 and finished second in 2008 and 2010. Lithuania’s Simona Krupeckaitė had won in 2010, and Willy Kanis of the Netherlands and Kristina Vogel of Germany had bronze medals from 2009 and 2012 respectively. The biggest star in the sport, however, was Australia’s Anna Meares, the reigning World Champion for the past two seasons, who also earned silver in 2003 and bronze in 2007. She was the favorite going into the event, although Pendleton was looking to redeem herself after being relegated in the previous day’s team sprint.

All of the most prominent competitors survived to the semi-finals, from which only Meares, Pendleton, Sanchez, and Guo, alongside Canadian Monique Sullivan and Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong, made it to the final. In the final Meares made the first attack after the pace vehicle moved aside, shooting into first place, but was quickly overtaken by Pendleton, who from then on never relinquished the lead. Having redeemed herself from the team sprint, Pendleton fought back tears as she completed the race and won herself a well-deserved gold medal. Guo took the silver while, in a surprising turn of events, Lee captured the bronze, which was only Hong Kong’s third Olympic medal since its NOC was founded in 1950. Meares fell to fifth in the standings, a disappointing result for the reigning World Champion.

1Vicki PendletonGBRGold
2Guo ShuangCHNSilver
3Sarah LeeHKGBronze
4Clara SánchezFRA
5Anna MearesAUS
6Monique SullivanCAN
7Simona KrupeckaitėLTU
=8Daniela LarrealVEN
=8Kristina VogelGER
10Natasha HansenNZL
11Willy KanisNED
=12Liubov ShulikaUKR
=12Lisandra GuerraCUB
=14Fatehah Binti MustapaMAS
=14Volha PanarinaBLR
=16Lee Hye-JinKOR
=16Juliana GaviriaCOL
DQYekaterina GnidenkoRUS1

Round One (3 August 2012 — 16:00)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to semi-finals

Heat One

1Kristina VogelGER11.573
2Lisandra GuerraCUB
3Juliana GaviriaCOL
4Monique SullivanCAN
5Clara SánchezFRA
DQYekaterina GnidenkoRUS2

Heat Two

1Vicki PendletonGBR11.12
2Anna MearesAUS
3Natasha HansenNZL
4Fatehah Binti MustapaMAS
5Liubov ShulikaUKR
6Willy KanisNED

Heat Three

1Guo ShuangCHN11.454
2Simona KrupeckaitėLTU
3Daniela LarrealVEN
4Sarah LeeHKG
5Lee Hye-JinKOR
6Volha PanarinaBLR

Round One Repêchage (3 August 2012 — 16:43)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat One

1Sarah LeeHKG10.992
2Willy KanisNED
3Monique SullivanCAN
4Lisandra GuerraCUB
5Volha PanarinaBLR
6Juliana GaviriaCOL

Heat Two

1Clara SánchezFRA11.259
2Natasha HansenNZL
3Daniela LarrealVEN
4Liubov ShulikaUKR
5Fatehah Binti MustapaMAS
6Lee Hye-JinKOR

Semi-Finals (3 August 2012 — 17:46)

Top three finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

1Anna MearesAUS11.175
2Monique SullivanCAN
3Sarah LeeHKG
4Willy KanisNED
5Simona KrupeckaitėLTU
6Kristina VogelGER

Heat Two

1Vicki PendletonGBR11.093
2Clara SánchezFRA
3Guo ShuangCHN
4Natasha HansenNZL
5Daniela LarrealVEN
DQYekaterina GnidenkoRUS3

Final Round (3 August 2012 — 18:38)

Heat 1-6

1Vicki PendletonGBR10.965
2Guo ShuangCHN
3Sarah LeeHKG
4Clara SánchezFRA
5Anna MearesAUS
6Monique SullivanCAN

Heat 7-12

1Simona KrupeckaitėLTU11.456
3Daniela LarrealVEN
4Kristina VogelGER
5Natasha HansenNZL
6Willy KanisNED
DQYekaterina GnidenkoRUS4