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Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Women

Date11 – 13 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationVelódromo Olímpico do Rio, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants39 from 9 countries
Olympic Record 3:14.051 WR / Great Britain GBR / 4 August 2012

The team pursuit evolved after the London Olympics from a three woman, 3000 metre event to a four woman, 4000 metre event although, in the early part of the Olympic cycle, this only meant that the reigning Olympic champions from Great Britain had even more of an advantage over the rest of the world than before. As the Rio Games approached, however, they seem to have been overtaken by Australia and then by the USA.

When the teams finally hit the track it became apparent this was to be a two horse race. Great Britain’s first ride saw them lower the world record, but the Americans were equally impressive and set the third best time ever to trail by just a fraction over a second. The next round saw the world record fall twice in consecutive heats. The Americans took a second off the record to reach the final, but the British went a tenth of a second faster again.

This set up the final to be a classic. The Americans started quickest, with Sarah Hammer leading the team out and opening an early lead of half a second as their British rivals took a while to get going partly because of their choice of enormous gears. At the 1750m mark, just short of the halfway point, the British finally overhauled their opponents and began to pull away. When the clock stopped on the British it read 4:10.236 and meant they had taken two more seconds from the world record. The American time was the fourth fastest ever and would have been an outright world record if set 20 hours earlier.

PosTeamNOC
1Great BritainGBRGold
Katie ArchibaldLaura TrottElinor BarkerJoanna Rowsell ShandCiara Horne (DNS)
2United StatesUSASilver
Sarah HammerKelly CatlinChloé DygertJennifer Valente
3CanadaCANBronze
Allison BeveridgeJasmin GlaesserKirsti LayGeorgia SimmerlingLaura Brown
4New ZealandNZL
Lauren EllisRacquel SheathRushlee BuchananJaime Nielsen
5AustraliaAUS
Georgia BakerAnnette EdmondsonAshlee AnkudinoffAmy CureMelissa Hoskins
6ItalyITA
Beatrice BartelloniTania GuderzoFrancesca PattaroSilvia ValsecchiSimona Frapporti
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Huang DongyanJing YaliMa MengluZhao Baofang
8PolandPOL
Daria PikulikEdyta JasińskaJustyna KaczkowskaNatalia Rutkowska
9GermanyGER
Gudrun StockCharlotte BeckerMieke KrögerStephanie Pohl

Qualifying Round (11 August 2016 — 16:19)

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

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR4:13.2601:07.955 (2)
1:01.157 (1)
2:09.112 (2)
1:01.892 (1)
3:11.004 (2)
1:02.256 (1)
Q
Katie ArchibaldLaura TrottElinor BarkerJoanna Rowsell Shand
2United StatesUSA4:14.2861:06.989 (1)
1:01.424 (2)
2:08.413 (1)
1:02.339 (2)
3:10.752 (1)
1:03.534 (2)
Q
Sarah HammerKelly CatlinChloé DygertJennifer Valente
3AustraliaAUS4:19.0591:08.537 (3)
1:02.981 (5)
2:11.518 (3)
1:03.037 (3)
3:14.555 (3)
1:04.504 (5)
Q
Georgia BakerAnnette EdmondsonAmy CureMelissa Hoskins
4CanadaCAN4:19.5991:08.675 (4)
1:02.965 (4)
2:11.640 (4)
1:03.378 (4)
3:15.018 (4)
1:04.581 (6)
Q
Allison BeveridgeJasmin GlaesserLaura BrownGeorgia Simmerling
5New ZealandNZL4:20.0611:08.883 (5)
1:02.778 (3)
2:11.661 (5)
1:03.973 (5)
3:15.634 (5)
1:04.427 (4)
Q
Lauren EllisRacquel SheathRushlee BuchananJaime Nielsen
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:25.2461:10.101 (6)
1:05.510 (9)
2:15.611 (8)
1:05.522 (7)
3:21.133 (8)
1:04.113 (3)
Q
Huang DongyanJing YaliMa MengluZhao Baofang
7ItalyITA4:25.5431:10.602 (7)
1:04.342 (7)
2:14.944 (7)
1:05.027 (6)
3:19.971 (6)
1:05.572 (7)
Q
Simona FrapportiTania GuderzoFrancesca PattaroSilvia Valsecchi
8PolandPOL4:28.9881:10.626 (8)
1:03.994 (6)
2:14.620 (6)
1:06.328 (9)
3:20.948 (7)
1:08.040 (9)
Q
Daria PikulikEdyta JasińskaJustyna KaczkowskaNatalia Rutkowska
9GermanyGER4:30.0681:11.044 (9)
1:04.907 (8)
2:15.951 (9)
1:06.265 (8)
3:22.216 (9)
1:07.852 (8)
Gudrun StockCharlotte BeckerMieke KrögerStephanie Pohl

Round One (13 August 2016 — 11:17)

Fastest two heat winners advance to gold medal race. Advancement to placement finals based on time.

Heat One

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1ItalyITA4:22.9641:10.395 (2)
1:03.519 (1)
2:13.914 (2)
1:04.195 (1)
3:18.109 (2)
1:04.855 (1)
Simona FrapportiTania GuderzoFrancesca PattaroSilvia Valsecchi
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:23.6781:08.951 (1)
1:04.030 (2)
2:12.981 (1)
1:04.823 (2)
3:17.804 (1)
1:05.874 (2)
Huang DongyanJing YaliMa MengluZhao Baofang

Heat Two

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1New ZealandNZL4:17.5921:08.319 (1)
1:02.336 (1)
2:10.655 (1)
1:03.052 (1)
3:13.707 (1)
1:03.885 (1)
q
Lauren EllisRacquel SheathRushlee BuchananJaime Nielsen
ACPolandPOL4:27.2991:08.840 (2)
1:03.875 (2)
2:12.715 (2)
1:06.087 (2)
3:18.802 (2)
[1:08.497] (2)
DQ1
Daria PikulikEdyta JasińskaJustyna KaczkowskaNatalia Rutkowska

Heat Three

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1United StatesUSA4:12.2821:06.918 (1)
1:01.126 (1)
2:08.044 (1)
1:01.485 (1)
3:09.529 (1)
1:02.753 (1)
Q
Sarah HammerKelly CatlinChloé DygertJennifer Valente
2AustraliaAUS4:20.2621:07.060 (2)
1:02.725 (2)
2:09.785 (2)
1:03.433 (2)
3:13.218 (2)
1:07.044 (2)
Georgia BakerAnnette EdmondsonAmy CureMelissa Hoskins

Heat Four

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR4:12.1521:07.879 (1)
1:00.805 (1)
2:08.684 (1)
1:01.415 (1)
3:10.099 (1)
1:02.053 (1)
QWR
Katie ArchibaldLaura TrottElinor BarkerJoanna Rowsell Shand
2CanadaCAN4:15.6361:07.961 (2)
1:01.327 (2)
2:09.288 (2)
1:02.811 (2)
3:12.099 (2)
1:03.537 (2)
q
Allison BeveridgeJasmin GlaesserKirsti LayGeorgia Simmerling

Final Round (13 August 2016 — 16:53)

Heat 1/2

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1Great BritainGBR4:10.2361:06.927 (2)
1:00.392 (1)
2:07.319 (1)
1:01.246 (1)
3:08.565 (1)
1:01.671 (1)
WR
Katie ArchibaldLaura TrottElinor BarkerJoanna Rowsell Shand
2United StatesUSA4:12.4541:06.831 (1)
1:01.419 (2)
2:08.250 (2)
1:01.737 (2)
3:09.987 (2)
1:02.467 (2)
Sarah HammerKelly CatlinChloé DygertJennifer Valente

Heat 3/4

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1CanadaCAN4:14.6271:07.824 (1)
1:01.493 (1)
2:09.317 (1)
1:02.821 (1)
3:12.138 (1)
1:02.489 (1)
Allison BeveridgeJasmin GlaesserKirsti LayGeorgia Simmerling
2New ZealandNZL4:18.4671:08.479 (2)
1:02.012 (2)
2:10.479 (2)
1:03.379 (2)
3:13.858 (2)
1:04.601 (2)
Lauren EllisRacquel SheathRushlee BuchananJaime Nielsen

Heat 5/6

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1AustraliaAUS4:21.2321:09.136 (1)
1:03.000 (1)
2:12.136 (1)
1:03.784 (1)
3:15.920 (1)
1:05.312 (1)
Georgia BakerAnnette EdmondsonAshlee AnkudinoffAmy Cure
2ItalyITA4:28.3681:10.064 (2)
1:03.462 (2)
2:13.526 (2)
1:04.600 (2)
3:18.126 (2)
1:10.242 (2)
Beatrice BartelloniTania GuderzoFrancesca PattaroSilvia Valsecchi

Heat 7/8

PosTeamNOCTime1,000 m2,000 m3,000 m
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
– (–)
walkover
Huang DongyanJing YaliMa MengluZhao Baofang