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Top four progress
At the end of the first day of the men's sprint competition, the fastest four qualifiers this morning progressed to the quarter-finals tomorrow after defeating their respective opponents.
In round 1, Marty Nothstein, Laurent Gane, Florian Rousseau, and Jens Fiedler had fairly regulation heats, with Fiedler getting a walkover versus Anthony "Weapon" Peden (NZl) who was ill and couldn't start. In addition, Viesturs Berzins, Pavel Buran, Jose Villanueva, Jan Van Eijden and Darryn Hill won their heats and these nine advanced to the 1/8 finals.
The remaining riders had to go the hard way through the repechages, with Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA) the best of his three up heat, and Australian Sean Eadie winning his.
In the 1/8 finals, again Nothstein, Gane, Rousseau, Fiedler, Van Eijden and Villanueva) were too strong, and their defeated opponents were sent to two three man repechages. In the first, it was two Australians (Hill and Eadie) versus a Czech, and the outcome was in favour of Australia with Eadie just edging out Buran. However, third placed Hill was later given a warning after crowding Buran, although the result was academic for Hill. This means that the reluctanct hero, Sean Eadie, advances into the quarter finals tomorrow.
He will join Craig McLean who won his repechage with a surprise outside move to beat Berzins and Arrue. McLean will face Nothstein, while Eadie will be against Gane in tomorrow's quarters. The other two matches will be between Spaniard Jose Villanueva (Spa) and Florian Rousseau (Fra), while Germans Jens Fiedler and Jan Van Eijden will form the last heat. The matches will all be best of three, with the winners advancing to the semi-finals later in the evening.
Heat 1 Marty Nothstein (USA) 10.956 defeated Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA) Heat 2 Laurent Gane (Fra) 11.054 defeated Julio Cesar Herrera (Cub) Heat 3 Florian Rousseau (Fra) 10.865 defeated Nikolaos Angelidis (Gre) Heat 4 Jens Fiedler (Ger) defeated Anthony Peden (NZl) DNS Heat 5 Viesturs Berzins (Lat) 11.008 defeated Shinichi Ota (Jpn) Heat 6 Pavel Buran (Cze) 11.102 defeated Tomohiro Nagatsuka (Jpn) Heat 7 Jose Villanueva (Spa) defeated Craig Maclean (GBr) DSQ Heat 8 Jan Van Eijden (Ger) defeated Sean Eadie (Aus) DSQ Heat 9 Darryn Hill (Aus) 10.938 defeated Jan Lepka (Svk)
Round 1 Repechage
Heat 1 1 Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA) 11.146 2 Jan Lepka (Svk) 3 Tomohiro Nagatsuka (Jpn) Heat 2 1 Craig Maclean (GBr) 10.951 2 Shinichi Ota (Jpn) 3 Julio Cesar Herrera (Cub) Heat 3 1 Sean Eadie (Aus) 11.805 2 Nikolaos Angelidis (Gre)
Heat 1 Marty Nothstein (USA) 10.799 (66.672 km/h) defeated Sean Eadie (Aus) Heat 2 Laurent Gane (Fra) 11.049 (65.164 km/h) defeated Craig Maclean (GBr) Heat 3 Florian Rousseau (Fra) 10.906 (66.020 km/h) defeated Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA) Heat 4 Jens Fiedler (Ger) 10.682 (67.401 km/h) defeated Darryn Hill (Aus) Heat 5 Jan Van Eijden (Ger) 11.009 (65.401 km/h) defeated Viesturs Berzins (Lat) Heat 6 Jose Villanueva (Spa) 11.382 (63.259 km/h) defeated Pavel Buran (Cze)
1/8 Finals Repechage
Heat 1 1 Sean Eadie (Aus) 11.414 (63.08 km/h) 2 Pavel Buran (Cze) 3 Darryn Hill (Aus) Heat 2 1 Craig Maclean (GBr) 11.108 (64.82 km/h) 2 Viesturs Berzins (Lat) 3 Christian Marcelo Arrue (USA)
Favourites have a smooth run
The 1/8 finals of the women's sprint produced no real surprises, with all the big names advancing to the quarter finals tomorrow. Felicia Ballanger had no problems beating the slowest qualifier, Mira Kasslin of Finland, and that was the end of her competition for the night. So too did Oxana Grichina (Rus), Tanya Dubnicoff (Can), Michelle Ferris (Aus), Daniela Larreal (Ven) and Iryna Yanovych (Ukr).
The remaining six riders had to go through the repechage, with Hungarian Szilvia Noemi Szabolcsi and USA's Tanya Lindenmuth earning the right to race in the quarter finals tomorrow night.
The match up tomorrow will see Ballanger against Lindenmuth, Ferris against Larreal, Grichina against Szabolcsi and Dubnicoff against Yanovych.
Heat 1 Felicia Ballanger (Fra) 12.257 defeated Mira Kasslin (Fin) Heat 2 Oxana Grichina (Rus) 12.195 defeated Fiona Ramage (NZl) Heat 3 Tanya Dubnicoff (Can) 12.414 defeated Kathrin Freitag (Ger) Heat 4 Michelle Ferris (Aus) 12.878 defeated Yan Wang (Chn) Heat 5 Daniela Larreal (Ven) 12.375 defeated Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) Heat 6 Iryna Yanovych (Ukr) 12.015 defeated Szilvia Noemi Szabolcsi (Hun)
1/8 Finals Repechage
Heat 1 1 Szilvia Noemi Szabolcsi (Hun) 12.625 2 Yan Wang (Chn) 3 Mira Kasslin (Fin) Heat 2 1 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) 12.275 2 Kathrin Freitag (Ger) 3 Fiona Ramage (NZl)
Van Moorsel cruises, McGregor battles
The women's individual pursuit finals were anticipated to be a tight battle, however the matches went similarly to last night's men's event. World record holder, Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel produced another strong ride to defeat Clignet, after she simply rode away from the Frenchwoman from the start. Pulling over a second in the first kilometre, the 1998 Dutch World Champion consistently increased it over the next laps to win by 5.5 seconds in a time of 3:33.360.
Clignet's time was well off her best, and she looked out of sorts both before and during the race. A false start didn't help things, but Van Moorsel was clearly well focused and had a very intense warmup some 10-15 minutes before the start, while Clignet circled on her road bike. Van Moorsel's gold medal will now put her in as favourite in the women's road time trial in 12 days time as well as the points race on Thursday.
Van Moorsel described her first Olympic gold as "A nice feeling. What a success for such a small country as Holland. I have pain in my legs, because I again went very deep. But I'm so glad."
"It wasn't easy and I'm deathly tired. Because of the stress I only slept a few hours last night," she added.
39 year old Yvonne McGregor (GBr) pulled off an amazing ride to win the bronze medal in the women's individual pursuit, after she beat New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer in her final. McGregor used her endurance and willpower to wear down the faster starting Ulmer, to catch her on the last lap.
McGregor, a former hour record holder started slowly in the final, and conceded as much as 1.8 seconds to Ulmer with one kilometre to go. However, in that final kilometre, she started to peg it back as Ulmer slowed slightly. At two to go, she looked out of it, having to make up 0.822 seconds, and with one to go it was 0.319. She kept her momentum on her last lap, and finished just 0.08 seconds in front of Ulmer in 3:38.85 (49.35 km/h)
Race for the Bronze Yvonne McGregor (GBr) 3.38.850 (49.35 km/h) Bronze medal defeated Sarah Ulmer (NZl) 3.38.930 Race for the Gold Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Ned) 3.33.360 (50.62 km/h) Gold medal defeated Marion Clignet (Fra) 3.38.751 Silver medal
Olympic record smashed by Germany
In the men's team pursuit quarter finals, the top eight qualifiers from this morning were facing each other. First up was Australia versus Germany, and both teams had brought their big guns into the all important match up. Germany had Bartko, Lehmann, Fulst and Becke, while Australia had brought in Brad McGee, with Aitken, Brown and Rogers. Australia started faster, gaining up to 0.4 seconds on the Germans in the early stages. However, Germany started riding sub one-minute kilometres and gradually pegged back and overhauled the Australians.
The finish saw an Olympic record to Germany, who rode 4.01.735 to beat Australia by 1.5 seconds. Both teams performed extremely well, but Germany are one of the strongest teams on paper and their ride clearly showed this. Despite riding the second fastest time today and the fastest time in history by an Australian team, they were eliminated from the competition, as only the winners progress to the finals tomorrow. Coming fifth means that this was the first time since 1980 that the Australian team has finished out of the medals.
France was up against New Zealand in the second heat, with each team using the same riders as they did inqualifying. France (Bos, Ermenault, Moreau, Neuville) rode marginally slower than their qualifying but were still over one second faster than New Zealand (Carswell, Vertongen, Henderson, Anderson), who recorded a fine 4.06.495.
The third heat produced an expected result with the Urkaine defeating 7th fastest qualifiers, the Netherlands. The Ukraine caught the Dutch with three laps to go after they fell apart, riding a quick 4.03.395.
The final heat saw the disappointing Russians versus the well oiled British team. Again, Russia could not put it all together on the night, and lost their fourth rider early on. Great Britain caught them and went on to record 4:04.143, just slower than their qualifying time and finishing with all four riders.
Tomorrow night, the British will be up against the Ukraine, while Germany face France in the semi-finals.
Heat 1 Germany 4.01.735 (59.57 km/h) (Robert Bartko, Daniel Becke, Jens Lehmann, Guido Fulst) defeated Australia 4.03.209 (Brett Aitken, Graeme Brown, Michael Rogers, Brad McGee) Heat 2 France 4.05.224 (58.72 km/h) (Cyril Bos, Phillippe Ermenault, Francis Moreau, Jerome Neuville) defeated New Zealand 4.06.495 (Tim Carswell, Lee Vertongen, Greg Henderson, Gary Anderson) Heat 3 Ukraine 4.03.359 (59.17 km/h) (Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Chernyavskyy, Oleksandr Fedenko, Sergiy Matveyev) caught Netherlands (Robert Slippens, Jens Mouris, Peter Schep, Wilco Zuijderwijk) Heat 4 Great Britain 4.04.143 (58.98 km/h) (Paul Manning, Bryan Steel, Chris Newton, Bradley Wiggins) caught Russia (Sergey Klimov, Denis Smyslov, Alexey Markov, Vladimir Karpets)
Gold Silver Bronze Total France 2 1 0 3 Germany 1 2 0 3 Great Britain 1 1 1 3 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 Australia 0 1 3 4 China 0 0 1 1