Women’s Sprint Qualifying

 

Victoria Pendleton has been keeping no secrets about her form and her performance in the Keirin showed that it was not all rhetoric, but her time in sprint qualifying leaves no doubt that she is ready for these championships.

 

Victoria Pendleton qualifies fastest for sprint at the Olympics

 

Apparently she has been riding 10.7 in training and had promised us something special at these games and special it was.  Her time of 10.724 betters Anna Meares 10.782 set in Melbourne at the 2012 World Championships and is a sea level World Record.

 

Anna Meares qualified second, the only other rider to go under 11 seconds with 10.805, setting up a Meares vs Pendleton gold medal final - if the competition goes according to seeding.  However, Shuang Guo who rode 11.020 will try to better her third place after qualifying and the bronze she had to settle for at her home games.  We are also looking forward to seeing what Olga Panarina (Belarus), Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) and Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) can do when the racing starts proper, and let's not forget the multi-junior World Champ, Kristina Vogel (Germany) who is getting quicker and quicker.

 

Qualifying

 

1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:10.724  
2 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:10.805  
3 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China) 0:00:11.020  
4 Kristina Vogel (Germany) 0:00:11.027  
5 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:11.080  
6 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0:00:11.109  
7 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:11.203  
8 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.234  
9 Natasha Hansen (New Zealand) 0:00:11.241  
10 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0:00:11.319  
11 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:11.322  
12 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 0:00:11.347  
13 Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia) 0:00:11.376  
14 Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea) 0:00:11.405  
15 Virginie Cueff (France) 0:00:11.439  
16 Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela) 0:00:11.569  
17 Kayono Maeda (Japan) 0:00:11.600  
18 Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.649

 

 

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