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Team Pursuit, 3,000 metres, Women

Date3 – 4 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationVelodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants32 from 10 countries

Like women’s team sprint and keirin, the women’s team pursuit event was held for the first time in Olympic history in 2012. It differed from the men’s version in that there were three riders instead of four and the distance was 3,000 m instead of 4,000. Since the sport had been introduced to the World Championships in 2008, Great Britain had won the title every year except for 2010 and were considered not only the favorites, but in a league all of their own. Of the three riders in London, Joanna Rowsell had been to every World Championship, except in 2011, while Dani King and Laura Trott had joined the squad in 2011. The Australians had been the only nation to take the world title away from them and, although only Josephine Tomic remained from that trio, that nation was considered the most likely challenger to Britain at the Games.

Britain proved their dominance throughout the event, setting world records in every round of competition. The United States team, consisting of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed, had unexpectedly won a silver medal in the discipline at the 2011 World Championships and continued to surprise by posting a faster time than Australia in the qualifying heats. In the semi-finals the United States caused one of the biggest upsets in the cycling tournament by edging out Australia by just over eight one-hundredths of a second and stealing their spot in the gold medal match. Bausch was perhaps the star of the American team; a former runway model, she had abused drugs and suffered from anorexia for many years before turning her life around following a suicide attempt where she walked into highway traffic in the middle of the night. She took up cycling as part of her recovery and found moderate success as a professional road racer prior to shifting focus to track cycling and boosting the Americans’ performance abroad since 2009.

In the final Reed was replaced by Lauren Tamayo, in hopes that a fresh rider would give the Americans a chance at the gold, but it was to no avail. The British women posted their third world record time in the event, a blistering 3:14.051, and won the race by nearly six seconds, an incredible margin of victory for a gold medal match in the discipline. The bronze medal match was much closer, with the Canadians denying Australia a podium position by nearly two-tenths of a second. Notably, both teams posted faster times in this round than the Americans did in the final, but Canada would still have been just shy of four seconds slower than Great Britain.

PosTeamNOC
1Great BritainGBRGold
Dani KingLaura TrottJoanna Rowsell
2United StatesUSASilver
Sarah HammerDotsie BauschLauren TamayoJennie Reed
3CanadaCANBronze
Tara WhittenGillian CarletonJasmin Glaesser
4AustraliaAUS
Annette EdmondsonMelissa HoskinsJosephine Tomic
5New ZealandNZL
Lauren EllisJaime NielsenAlison Shanks
6NetherlandsNED
Vera KoedooderAmy PietersEllen van DijkKirsten Wild
7BelarusBLR
Tatsiana SharakovaAlena DylkoAksana Papko
8GermanyGER
Judith ArndtCharlotte BeckerLisa Brennauer
9UkraineUKR
Yelyzaveta BochkarovaSvitlana HaliukLesia Kalytovska
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Jiang FanJiang WenwenLiang Jing

Qualifying Round (3 August 2012 — 16:56)

Top 8 finishers advanced to round one; top 4 finishers still in race for gold.

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:15.6691:08.669 (1)
1:03.492 (1)
2:12.161 (1)
1:03.508 (1)
WRQ
Dani KingLaura TrottJoanna Rowsell
2United StatesUSA3:19.4061:09.576 (5)
1:04.052 (2)
2:13.628 (3)
1:05.778 (4)
Q
Sarah HammerDotsie BauschJennie Reed
3AustraliaAUS3:19.7191:09.314 (3)
1:04.977 (6)
2:14.291 (4)
1:05.428 (3)
Q
Annette EdmondsonMelissa HoskinsJosephine Tomic
4CanadaCAN3:19.8161:10.088 (7)
1:04.338 (3)
2:14.426 (5)
1:05.390 (2)
Q
Tara WhittenGillian CarletonJasmin Glaesser
5New ZealandNZL3:20.4211:09.230 (2)
1:04.382 (4)
2:13.612 (2)
1:06.809 (6)
Q
Lauren EllisJaime NielsenAlison Shanks
6NetherlandsNED3:21.6021:09.609 (6)
1:05.089 (7)
2:14.698 (6)
1:06.904 (7)
Q
Kirsten WildAmy PietersEllen van Dijk
7GermanyGER3:22.0581:10.714 (9)
1:04.762 (5)
2:15.476 (8)
1:06.582 (5)
Q
Judith ArndtCharlotte BeckerLisa Brennauer
8BelarusBLR3:22.8501:10.101 (8)
1:05.777 (9)
2:15.878 (9)
1:06.972 (8)
Q
Tatsiana SharakovaAlena DylkoAksana Papko
9UkraineUKR3:25.1601:10.748 (10)
1:06.538 (10)
2:17.286 (10)
1:07.874 (9)
Yelyzaveta BochkarovaSvitlana HaliukLesia Kalytovska
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:26.0491:09.446 (4)
1:05.572 (8)
2:15.018 (7)
1:11.031 (10)
Jiang FanJiang WenwenLiang Jing

Round One (4 August 2012 — 16:11)

Winners of last two heats advance to final, fastest two times advance to race for bronze.

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1NetherlandsNED3:20.0131:09.374 (1)
1:04.701 (1)
2:14.075 (1)
1:05.938 (1)
Kirsten WildVera KoedooderEllen van Dijk
2GermanyGER3:21.0861:09.811 (2)
1:04.890 (2)
2:14.701 (2)
1:06.385 (2)
Judith ArndtCharlotte BeckerLisa Brennauer

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1New ZealandNZL3:18.5141:09.466 (2)
1:03.702 (1)
2:13.168 (1)
1:05.346 (1)
Lauren EllisJaime NielsenAlison Shanks
2BelarusBLR3:21.9421:08.804 (1)
1:05.400 (2)
2:14.204 (2)
1:07.738 (2)
Tatsiana SharakovaAlena DylkoAksana Papko

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1United StatesUSA3:16.8531:08.849 (2)
1:03.384 (1)
2:12.233 (2)
1:04.620 (1)
Q
Sarah HammerDotsie BauschJennie Reed
2AustraliaAUS3:16.9351:07.688 (1)
1:03.417 (2)
2:11.105 (1)
1:05.830 (2)
QB
Annette EdmondsonMelissa HoskinsJosephine Tomic

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:14.6821:08.194 (1)
1:03.083 (1)
2:11.277 (1)
1:03.405 (1)
WRQ
Dani KingLaura TrottJoanna Rowsell
2CanadaCAN3:17.4541:08.766 (2)
1:04.263 (2)
2:13.029 (2)
1:04.425 (2)
QB
Tara WhittenGillian CarletonJasmin Glaesser

Final Round (4 August 2012 — 17:42)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1Great BritainGBR3:14.0511:08.418 (1)
1:02.861 (1)
2:11.279 (1)
1:02.772 (1)
WR
Dani KingLaura TrottJoanna Rowsell
2United StatesUSA3:19.7271:09.198 (2)
1:04.434 (2)
2:13.632 (2)
1:06.095 (2)
Sarah HammerDotsie BauschLauren Tamayo

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1CanadaCAN3:17.9151:09.121 (2)
1:03.653 (1)
2:12.774 (1)
1:05.141 (1)
Tara WhittenGillian CarletonJasmin Glaesser
2AustraliaAUS3:18.0961:08.940 (1)
1:03.852 (2)
2:12.792 (2)
1:05.304 (2)
Annette EdmondsonMelissa HoskinsJosephine Tomic

Heat 5/6

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1New ZealandNZL3:19.3511:09.697 (1)
1:04.206 (1)
2:13.903 (1)
1:05.448 (1)
Lauren EllisJaime NielsenAlison Shanks
2NetherlandsNED3:23.2561:10.915 (2)
1:05.657 (2)
2:16.572 (2)
1:06.684 (2)
Vera KoedooderAmy PietersEllen van Dijk

Heat 7/8

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m
1BelarusBLR3:20.2451:09.693 (1)
1:04.582 (1)
2:14.275 (1)
1:05.970 (1)
Tatsiana SharakovaAlena DylkoAksana Papko
2GermanyGER3:20.8241:09.916 (2)
1:04.738 (2)
2:14.654 (2)
1:06.170 (2)
Judith ArndtCharlotte BeckerLisa Brennauer