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OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S SPRINT


The final ride for Great Britain’s Queen of the Sprints, Victoria Pendleton. I think everyone was hoping for a rematch of the 2008 Olympics when Victoria Pendleton beat Australienne Anna Meares for the Gold. The two rivals met earlier this year at the World Championship Sprint finals in Melbourne where Pendleton proved to be the stronger rider. Now it’s time for one last race before Pendleton’s retirement from the track.

At the end of the three-day tournament, Meares and Pendleton found themselves matched up against each other for the Gold once again. The first two win two out of three heats is declared victorious. The first heat was almost too close to call. According to the photo finish, Pendleton beat Meares by .001 seconds. However she was relegated for coming out of the pole lane during the final sprint.

The second heat started with Meares up by one though she had to start in the front — a disadvantage in Match Sprinting. Pendleton followed Meares up and down the track for the first three quartes of a lap as they played classic the cat and mouse game. Coming out of turn four, Meares moved high up the track and trackstanded to force a pass. Pendleton couldn’t stay behind her opponent and moved to the front. This is where she lost the Gold medal and it seems she knew it.

Pendleton took a gap in front of Meares and tried to lead out the sprint going into the bell lap, but it looked half-hearted. Meares overtook Pendleton with ease on the back straight and won the Gold medal by several bike lengths. During the medal ceremony, Victoria Pendleton bid a tearful farewell to the sold out crowd at the London Olympic Velodrome.

GOLD — Australia (Anna Meares)
SILVER — Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton)
BRONZE — China (Shuang Guo)

See the full results HERE. Watch the final heat at NBC Olympics. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
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LONDON OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT


I usually find the first day of any international track meet to be kind of boring but today was definitely an exception at the London Olympic velodrome. We saw lots of records falling, tons of drama, upsets and of course some of the fastest track riding ever.

In the qualifying round, Great Britain’s team of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new World Record at 32.526 seconds (the previous record of 32.549 seconds was set by Germany at World Champs earlier this year). A couple heats later and China’s team of Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo broke the new World Record at a blistering 32.447 seconds.

The top eight teams advanced to the first round and that’s where things started to get dramatic. Shockingly, British favorites Pendleton and Varnish were disqualified from the tournament because Pendleton’s bike overlapped Varnish’s prematurely. Of course the commissaries’ decision to disqualify Great Britain was not taken well by the crowd in the sold-out London Olympic Velodrome. In the next heat, China’s Gong and Guo once again raised the bar by a few thousandths of a second and set the new World Record at 32.442 seconds.

Advancing to the final round was Australia and Ukraine in the race for Bronze and China and Germany in the race for Gold. The Australiennes Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch won the Bronze medal while China beat Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte only to get relegated for an exchange violation. The commissaries knocked China down to Silver and Germany took Gold. So with World Records tumbling and some bad luck for a couple teams, here are the Women’s Team Sprint medals:

GOLD - Germany (Kristina Vogel / Miriam Welte)
SILVER - China (Jinjie Gong / Shuang Guo)
BRONZE - Australia (Anna Meares / Kaarle McCulloch)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
I had let go of what I knew I was good at and spent time after time working on something I wasn’t so good at, and in the end, after all the toils and pain and struggles and sacrifice, I finally had achieved it. World Sprint Champion.

Anna Meares, first Australian female to win a World Title in the Sprint.



Quoted from Anna’s personal recap of the World Champs in Apeldoorn. On her blog, she gives us a play-by-play account of her three days in competition and how she won three World Champion titles including the Sprint. Definitely worth reading!

Found on Cycling News.

ANNA MEARES BACK ON TRACK


A little Aussie news bit about Anna Meares who cleaned out the women’s Sprint events last week at the World Championships with three Gold medals. She became the first Australian woman to win the World title in the Match Sprint and now has her eyes set on Olympic medallions.

All this just three years after breaking her neck and almost becoming paralyzed for life.

WORLD CHAMPS - WOMEN’S SPRINT FINAL


In the final heat against Simona Krupeckaite, Anna Meares proves that she’s a force to be reckoned with. This sprint victory has been a long time coming and she earns it with style and grace. Look how smooth she is on the bike while outpowering her opponent.

Watch the full video recap of today’s events here.
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The first round of the UCI Track World Cup is now done in Melbourne and Veeral Patel has captured the best shots of all the action from the track and on the infield.

Check out lots more beatiful photos at his blog and a great recap of the event at Cycling Tips.

Highlights from Day 2 of the UCI World Cup in Melbourne!

Click play to find out who took the sprint final between Anna Meares and Vicky Pendleton (if you haven’t already read it from the results below).

See Shuang Guo’s dramatic crash which sent her to the hospital.

Also Chris Hoy is interviewed after his golden Keirin ride. That’s two Golds for Hoy. He’s still got it!

Men
Keirin
1. Chris Hoy (GBR)
2. Teun Mulder (NED)
3. Mickael Bourgain (FRA

Individual pursuit
1. Shane Archbold (NZL) 4:25.023
2. Ivan Kovalev (RUS) 4:28.038
3. Edward Clancy (GBR) 4:28.999

Scratch
1. Zachary Bell (CAN)
2. Rafal Ratajczyk (POL)
3. Ho Ting Kwok (HKG)

Time Trial
1. Edward Clancy (GBR) 1:02.586
2. Tim Veldt (NED) 1:03.040
3. Marel Kalz (GER) 1:04.369

Women
Sprint
1. Anna Meares (AUS)
2. Victoria Pendleton (GBR)
3. Kristina Vogel (GER)

Points race
1. Jarmila Machacova (CZE) 35 pts
2. Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR) 29
3. Elena Tchalykh (AZE) 29

Find the full results in exhaustive detail at Tissot Timing.

The last day of competition is already underway. Follow up-to-the-minute news at the Cyclones Twitter.

THE SHOWDOWN

Victoria Pendleton vs. Anna Meares

The Melbourne World Cup women’s Match Sprint tournament is already underway.  Get instant updates at the Cyclones Twitter.

« Both world champions, both Olympic gold medallists, both the fastest women on two wheels for their respective countries; superficially Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton have much in common.

The truth, however, is revealed with little more than a scratch: the leading ladies of track cycling are the best of enemies, unlikely to settle their differences any time soon. And they are poised to go head-to-head in the first round of the 2010-11 Track World Cup series starting today (as in RIGHT NOW), the latest instalment in a rivalry that has intensified over the best part of eight years… »

Read the rest of the history of their bitter rivalry here.
THE SHOWDOWN

Victoria Pendleton vs. Anna Meares

The Melbourne World Cup women’s Match Sprint tournament is already underway.  Get instant updates at the Cyclones Twitter.

« Both world champions, both Olympic gold medallists, both the fastest women on two wheels for their respective countries; superficially Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton have much in common.

The truth, however, is revealed with little more than a scratch: the leading ladies of track cycling are the best of enemies, unlikely to settle their differences any time soon. And they are poised to go head-to-head in the first round of the 2010-11 Track World Cup series starting today (as in RIGHT NOW), the latest instalment in a rivalry that has intensified over the best part of eight years… »

Read the rest of the history of their bitter rivalry here.

THE SHOWDOWN


Victoria Pendleton vs. Anna Meares

The Melbourne World Cup women’s Match Sprint tournament is already underway. Get instant updates at the Cyclones Twitter.

« Both world champions, both Olympic gold medallists, both the fastest women on two wheels for their respective countries; superficially Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton have much in common.

The truth, however, is revealed with little more than a scratch: the leading ladies of track cycling are the best of enemies, unlikely to settle their differences any time soon. And they are poised to go head-to-head in the first round of the 2010-11 Track World Cup series starting today (as in RIGHT NOW), the latest instalment in a rivalry that has intensified over the best part of eight years… »

Read the rest of the history of their bitter rivalry here.

Track Stars Face Off In Melbourne

The UCI World Cup Classics season kicks off tomorrow in Melbourne and all eyes are on Australia and Great Britain.

The Aussies are determined to put on an impressive show for their home court audience, fresh off a dominating medal haul at the Commonwealth Games. The Brits are eager to rebuild their reputation as the fastest country in the world after a decent performance at the European Championships.

The stakes are even higher with much-needed Olympic qualification points on the line. Let’s take a look at a few of the stars of this dramatic rivalry…

Britain’s Chris Hoy ducked out of the Commonwealths to focus on the European Champs for the Olympic qualification points. But he made an embarrassing miscalculation in the first round of Match Sprints against 18-year old Felix English which cost him the tournament. Now Hoy is fiending for retribution like a crack fiend to get those qualification points that he missed out on. See a video interview at BBC Sports.

Australian Shane Perkins is eager to be the next kid to take down Hoy. He recently came down with a bad stomach bug and there was a scare that he might not be able to compete. But the latest news is that Perkins is feeling well enough to compete. The 23-year old rising star won Gold in the Sprint at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and now he’s excited to kick some ass on his home turf. Read about it at Cycling News.

Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton will be trying to outrun her demons on the track. The current Olympic Match Sprint champion knows what’s at stake and the pressure is on. With the 2012 Olympics taking place in London, Pendleton needs to make her country proud and she’s been training hard. Maybe a little too hard? Pendleton recently complained of a training-related back pain but she will compete anyway. Read about it at Cycling Central.

In the women’s sprint events, Anna Meares could be Australia’s biggest hope for some World Cup medals. She’s taking on the Keirin, 500m TT and Match Sprints and constantly looking for weaknesses in what could be some very stiff competition. At the 2008 Olympics, Meares was beaten by Victoria Pendleton in the Match Sprint finals and since then, she’s been looking to turn the table around. Read more at Velodrome Shop.

The World Cup Classic in Melbourne starts tomorrow and will continue until Saturday. I’m really excited about this competition and hopefully I’ll be able to find a live feed to share. For more event information, event schedule, news and results as they develop check this website and of course I’ll be bringing you the coolest news and video I can find right here at Ride The Black Line!


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