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Track Cycling - Day 4, September 19

Men's 4000m TP    Men's Sprint    Women's Sprint    Cycling medal tally

Men's 4000m Team Pursuit

Semi finals see another world record

Ukranians fast
Photo: © AFP

The Ukraine men's 4,000 metre pursuit team (Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Chernyavskyy, Oleksandr Fedenko, Sergiy Matveyev) set another world record at the Dunc Gray velodrome after they beat Great Britain in the first semi-final. The Ukranians rode 4.00.830 to beat the old 1996 record (4.00.958) set by the Italian team in 1996 in Manchester. Tonight's record however was set in a 'conventional rather than the banned superman position.

After riding the first kilometre in 1.04.068, the Ukraines took 58.438 seconds for the second kilometre, their fastest. They were well up on Great Britain at this point and just had to maintain their advantage to make the finals. Britain rode slightly faster in the final kilometre but it was not enough to catch the flying Ukraines.

Both teams did not lose riders, and were quite smooth - the Ukrainans were just faster.

The second semi was, as expected, a one sided affair with Germany steamrollering France in 4.05.930 compared with 4.11.549. The Germans looked as good as the Ukraines, and even started faster than them before backing right off in the final kilometre. The final later this evening could well see the 4 minute mark fall.

Semi Finals

Heat 1

Ukraine                                      4.00.834 (59.79 km/h) WR
(Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Chernyavskyy,
Oleksandr Fedenko, Sergiy Matveyev)
defeated
Great Britain                                4.02.387
(Paul Manning, Bryan Steel,
Chris Newton, Bradley Wiggins)

Heat 2

Germany                                      4.05.930 (58.55 km/h)
(Robert Bartko, Daniel Becke,
Jens Lehmann, Guido Fulst)
defeated
France                                       4.11.549
(Cyril Bos, Phillippe Ermenault,
Francis Moreau, Jerome Neuville)

Finals - 4 minute barrier broken

German blitz
Photo: © AFP

The finals saw another world record with the 4 minute barrier broken for the first time in history. However, it was not the Ukranian team who did it, rather the powerful Germans who so easily rode 4.05 in their semi. The German team of Robert Bartko, Daniel Becke, Jens Lehmann, and Guido Fulst rode 3.59.781 to become the first team pursuit squad to average over 60 kilometres per hour in the event.

Ukraine were significantly off the pace (4.04.520) and Germany could see them in the same straight at the finish. The splits for the Germans for each kilometre were as follows: 1.04.162, 2.02.301, 3.00.850 and 3.59.710, as Bartko did long turns of pace to lift the team. All four riders finished together, although the time was taken on the third rider across the line.

The new sub-four minute record was cheered by the vocal (and large) crowd for a some time as the Germans enjoyed their triumph. It was a significant mark, equivalent to the four minute mile in running and this German team will be remembered for some time.

The race for the bronze saw Great Britain record an excellent personal best time (4.01.979) to beat France by four seconds. Great Britain were impressive throughout the team's pursuit tournament and deserved the medal. Unfortunately, they had to be be over two seconds quicker to win gold.

Finals

Ride for Bronze

Great Britain                            4.01.979 (59.51 km/h) WR
(Paul Manning, Bryan Steel,
Chris Newton, Bradley Wiggins)
defeated
France                                   4.05.991
(Cyril Bos, Phillippe Ermenault,
Francis Moreau, Jerome Neuville)

Ride for Gold and Silver

Germany                                  3.59.781 (60.06 km/h) WR
(Robert Bartko, Daniel Becke,
 Jens Lehmann, Guido Fulst)
defeated
Ukraine                                  4.04.520
(Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Chernyavskyy,
 Oleksandr Fedenko, Sergiy Matveyev)

Men's Sprint

Quarter finals follow form

The sprint competition had just one session of events tonight, with the quarter finals in both the men's and women's categories. In the men's, there were no big upsets with all riders defeating their opponents in straight heats without a great deal of difficulty.

Marty Nothstein (USA), Laurent Gane (Fra), Florian Rousseau (Fra) and Jens Fiedler (Ger) were the victors, with Fiedler looking very comfortable in defeating his compatriot Van Eijden. Nothstein was given a warning in his first match against Craig Maclean, but was not DQ'd and went on to record successive victories. The first semi tomorrow night will be between Nothstein and Fiedler, and it should be a great match up.

World Champion, Laurent Gane was never put in difficulty by Australian Sean Eadie, although the latter tried a long lead out in the second match. Florian Rousseau (Fra) beat Spaniard Jose Villanueva, and will face Gane in the semi-final.

Quarter Finals

Heat 1

Marty Nothstein (USA)      10.888  10.973
defeated
Craig Maclean (GBr)

Heat 2

Laurent Gane (Fra)         10.648  10.833
defeated
Sean Eadie (Aus)

Heat 3

Florian Rousseau (Fra)     10.744  10.781
defeated
Jose Villanueva (Spa)

Heat 4

Jens Fiedler (Ger)         10.966  10.904
defeated
Jan Van Eijden (Ger)

9-12th Place

Pavel Buran (Cze)           11.078
Viesturs Berzins (Lat) 	
Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA)	
DNS Darryn Hill (Aus

Women's Sprint

Ballanger through, others struggle

Ballanger v Lindenmuth
Photo: © AFP

French world champion, Felicia Ballanger advanced to the semi-finals in the women's sprint after she defeated the USA's Tanya Lindenmuth in successive rounds. Although she says that it is never easy, she made it look like it as she used her superior speed to come around the American.

Russian Oxana Grichina beat Hungarian Szilvia Szabolcsi in her two matches quite comfortably as well, but there was an upset when Canadian Tanya Dubnicoff was defeated by Iryna Yanovych of the Ukraine. Dubnicoff was the third fastest qualifier, while Yanovych was seventh, and it was widely expected that the experienced Canadian would go through. Yanovych had other ideas and pushed Dubnicoff all the way, just beating her on the line each time.

The final match was between Australian Michelle Ferris and Venezualan Daniela Larreal. Ferris was predicted to win, and she eventually did but not without some hiccups. She won her first match, but was later disqualified for pushing her opponent up. She came out and won the second heat comfortably, but was defeated by Larreal in the final. However, it was Larreal's turn to be DQ'd after going underneath Ferris onto the duckboards, and Ferris advanced to the semi-final.

Tomorrow will see Ferris versus Ballanger, and Grichina against Yanovych.

Quarter Finals

Heat 1

Felicia Ballanger (Fra)    11.772  12.060
defeated
Tanya Lindenmuth (USA)

Heat 2

Oxana Grichina (Rus)       12.545  12.885
defeated
Szilvia Noemi Szabolcsi (Hun)

Heat 3

Iryna Yanovych (Ukr)       12.048  11.946
defeated
Tanya Dubnicoff (Can)

Heat 4

Michelle Ferris (Aus)      DSQ     11.705
defeated
Daniela Larreal (Ven)                        DSQ

Cycling Medal Tally - Day 4

                        Gold    Silver  Bronze  Total
Germany                   2       2       0       4
France                    2       1       0       3
Great Britain             1       1       2       4
Netherlands               1       0       0       1
Australia                 0       1       3       4
Ukraine                   0       1       0       1
China                     0       0       1       1

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