World Track Championships
Germany, October 20-24, 1999
Page Women Ind. Pursuit Women Sprint
Men Team Pursuit Men
Day 2 - October 21
Women's Individual Pursuit
Unlike the men's individual pursuit, the women have their qualification and finals on separate days. The qualifications were held this morning and are vital in determining who rides for the top four placings. The semi finals and finals will be held as part of tomorrow's evening session.
Today, it was France's former winner of this event and cyclingnews diarist, Marion Clignet who put in a blazing time to qualify fastest in 3.32.953, some three and a half seconds faster than Germany's Judith Arndt, with Olga Slioussareva (Rus) and Rasa Mazeikyte (Lit) taking 3rd and 4th spots. Clignet, who has had an amazing comeback from arthritis which threatened to finish her career, obviously found the right shoes to wear, as she averaged more than 50 km/h around the Berlin boards.
Unfortunately for Australia, defending champion Lucy Tyler-Sharman was unable to qualify in the top four, finishing 7th in 3:37.799 (49.587 km/h) thereby not advancing further in the competition. However, her last minute preparation was hampered by a mix-up with officials stopping her from wearing her rainbow jersey just before she was due to start. She had to borrow Shane Kelly's Australian top which involved changing with under a minute to go before she started. She told the Sydney Morning Herald "I've reached 34 and finally got to strip publicly!".
Alanya Burns' 10th place qualification meant that Australia will only be able to enter one contender in the event at next year's Olympics. Let the games begin...
Dutch rider and silver medallist last year, Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel was another of the losers, coming in 12th in 3:40.497. The World Road ITT Champion could not find her track legs in time for these championships and was hoping for a better result.
Qualification (fastest 4 through to semis): 1. Marion Clignet (Fra) 3.32.953 (50.175 km/h) 2. Judith Arndt (Ger) 3.36.584 3. Olga Slioussareva (Rus) 3.36.796 4. Rasa Mazeikyte (Lit) 3.36.959 5. Elena Tchalykh (Rus) 3.36.995 6. Sarah Ulmer (Nzl) 3.37.321 7. Lucy Tyler-Sharman (Aus) 3.37.799 8. Erin Veenstra (USA) 3.39.830 9. Antonella Bellutti (Ita) 3.40.001 10. Alayna Burns (Aus) 3.40.340 11. Megan Troxel (USA) 3.40.402 12. Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel (Ned) 3.40.497 13. Yvonne McGregor (Gbr) 3.41.386 14. Maria Luisa Calle (Col) 3.41.503 15. Rawea Greenwood (Gbr) 3.44.441 16. Anke Wichmann (Ger) 3.45.964 17. Lada Kozlikova (Cze) 3.46.592 18. Gitana Gruodyte (Lit) 3.51.417
Quarter Finals: Felicia Ballanger (Fra) beat Katrin Meinke (Ger) 2-0 Yan Wang (Chi) beat Magali Faure (Fra) 2-1 Michelle Ferris (Aus) beat Oksana Grichina (Rus) 2-0 Tanya Dubnicoff (Can) beat Kathrin Freitag (All) 2-0 9th - 12th ride-off Lyndelle Higginson (Aus) 12.496 beat Jennie Reed (USA), Jiang Cuihua (Chn) & Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hun)
Men's Team Pursuit
Qualifying (fastest 8 through to quarter finals). 1. France (Bos, Ermenault, F. Moreau, Neuville) 4.05.655 2. Germany (Becke, Fulst, Lademann, Pollack) 4.06.564 3. Ukraine (Chernyavski, Fedenko, Klimenko, Pidgornyy) 4.07.483 4. Russia (Borisov, Gritsoun, Markov, Smyslov) 4.07.755 5. Australia (Aitken, Brown, Grigg, Lancaster) 4.08.664 6. Great Britain (Clay, Illingworth, Steel, Wiggins) 4.10.437 7. New Zealand (Anderson, Cameron, Carswell, Henderson) 4.10.712 8. Spain (Galvez, Gonzalez Capilla, Jarque, Torrent) 4.10.845 9. United States 4.10.910 10. Italy 4.11.069 11. Denmark 4.14.770 12. Netherlands 4.15.040 13. Argentina 4.19.194 14. Czech Republic 4.19.599 15. Chile 4.20.619 Quarter Finals: Russia (Borisov, Gritsoun, Markov, Karpiets) 4.05.906 beat Australia (Aitken, Brown, Roberts, Lancaster) 4.09.107 Ukraine (Chernyavsky, Matveyev, Simonenko, Pidgornyy) 4.04.745 beat Great Britain (Hayles, Illingworth, Steel, Wiggins) 4.07.719 Germany (Becke, Fulst, Lademann, Pollack) 4.03.358 caught New Zealand (Anderson, Vertongen, Carswell, Henderson) France (Bos, Ermenault, F. Moreau, Neuville) 4.03.309 beat Spain (Galvez, Gonzalez Capilla, Jarque, Alzamora) 4.11.221
Men's Olympic Sprint
France has preserved it's title in the Olympic sprint with their powerful combo (Laurent Gane, Florian Rousseau and Arnand Tournant) defeating surprise finalists Great Britain (Chris Hoy, Craig McLean and Jason Queally).
Earlier in the day, France had easily qualified the fastest, some three quarters of a second quicker than Australia, who had strong medal prospects. With Germany in third, Great Britain managed to edge out Greece for the fourth qualification spot. The remaining 4 teams to progress to the second round were Greece, Poland, Japan and the Czech Republic.
The results of the second round held true to form, with the 4 fastest qualifying teams all being victorious. However, there are no semi finals in this event - the ride off for the medals is determined by the individual teams' times in the second round i.e. the fastest two victors ride for gold and silver, while the slowest two ride for bronze.
In their match with Greece, Great Britain recorded a time of 45.517 which was faster than both Australia and Germany, meaning that they met France in the gold medal ride-off. Although France were too strong for them in the final, the British team were extremely more than happy with their silver medal.
For Australia's part, there was disappointment as they were defeated by Germany in the bronze medal ride-off, despite having been the second fastest qualifiers.
Qualifying (8 fastest through to quarter finals): 1. France (Gane, Rousseau, Tournant) 44.683 2. Australia (Day, Hill, Kelly) 45.445 3. Germany (Lausberg, Nimke, Pokorny) 45.750 4. Great Britain (Hoy, McLean, Queally) 45.812 5. Greece (Georgalis, Himoneatos, Vassilopoulos) 45.873 6. Poland (Krejner, Mientki, Saczuk) 45.969 7. Japan (Fushimi, Inamura, Juponji) 45.986 8. Czech Republic (Buran, Polak, Vrba) 46.027 9. Spain 46.344 10. Slovakia 46.370 11. United States 46.565 12. Latvia 46.656 13. Italy 46.660 14. Canada 46.796 15. New Zealand 47.004 16. Ukraine 47.339 Quarter Finals: Quarter Finals (times determine which place to ride for in finals): Great Britain (Hoy, Queally, MacLean) 45.517 beat Greece (Georgalis, Himoneatos, Vassilopoulos) 45.666 Germany (Nimke, Lausberg, Pokorny) 45.634 beat Poland (Krejner, Mientki, Saczuk) Crashed Australia (Kelly, Day, Dajka) 45.736 beat Japan (Fushimi, Inamura, Jumonji) 46.328 France (Tounant, Rousseau, Gane) 45.095 beat Czech Republic (Buran, Polak, Vrba) 46.369 Finals: 1. France (Gane, Rousseau, Tournant) 44.848 2. Great Britain (Hoy, McLean, Queally) 45.485 3. Germany (Lausberg, Nimke, Pokorny) 45.364 4. Australia (Day, Hill, Kelly) 45.687 5. Greece (Georgalis, Himoneatos, Vassilopoulos)45.666 6. Japan (Fushimi, Inamura, Jumonji) 46.328 7. Czech Republic (Buran, Polak, Vrba) 46.369 8. Poland (Krejner, Mientki, Saczuk) Crashed