Day 2 of the UCI Track Championships

 

Women’s Team Pursuit

 

The Women's Team Pursuit was one of the most closely contested in World Championship history, with almost nothing separating the top five teams in qualifying and three of them with a very real shot at the Gold.

 

There were few surprises in the afternoon session, with Sarah Hammer's USA showingly strongly early on, only to be over hauled by a very slick New Zealand squad led by Alison Shanks. The fastest two squads, though, were the ones most people expected - the Great Britain team of Lizzy Armitstead, Wendy Houvenaghel and Jo Rowsell qualifying two tenths behind the Australian trio of Ashlee Ankudinoff, Sarah Kent and Josephine Tomic.

 

The Bronze medal ride showed the difference between a well drilled, World Class trio of evenly matched riders and a squad dominated by a single superstar with the Kiwi team of Shanks, Rushlee Buchanan and Lauren Ellis proving far too strong for the USA squad of Dotsie Bausch, Lauren Tamayo and Sarah Hammer. The Kiwis had only qualified two tenths faster than the Americans, but in the Final they rode away from them, finishing 3 seconds up and breaking the World Record in the process.

 

The Aussies were on World Record pace for most of the race - with the British girls ahead of New Zealands pace early on, albeit trailing the Australians. The times look close - just half a second in it at the end - but in truth the Australians were never troubled. Their pace dropped off at the end, enabling their antipodean neighbours to hold on the World Record, but the rainbow jerseys went to Australia, again.

 

 

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Qualifying

1 AUS Australia 3:23.161

Ashlee ANKUDINOFF, Sarah KENT, Josephine TOMIC

2 GBR Great Britain 3:23.369

Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD, Wendy HOUVENAGHEL, Joanna ROWSELL

3 NZL New Zealand 3:24.405

Rushlee BUCHANAN, Lauren ELLIS, Alison SHANKS

4 USA United States 3:24.661

Dotsie BAUSCH, Sarah HAMMER, Lauren TAMAYO

5 NED Netherlands 3:25.156

Vera KOEDOODER, Amy PIETERS, Ellen VAN DIJK

6 CAN Canada 3:26.132

Laura BROWN, Stephanie ROORDA, Tara WHITTEN

7 GER Germany 3:27.236

Charlotte BECKER, Lisa BRENNAUER, Verena JOOS

8 UKR Ukraine 3:27.662

Yelizaveta BOCHKAROVA, Svitlana GALYUK, Lesya KALITOVSKA

9 BEL Belgium 3:27.690

Jessie DAAMS, Jolien D'HOORE, Kelly DRUYTS

10 CHN China 3:28.194

Fan JIANG, Wenwen JIANG, Jing LIANG

 

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Final Result

GOLD Australia 3:21.748

SILVER Great Britain 3:22.287

BRONZE New Zealand 3:21.552 WR

4 United States 3:24.571

 

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Women's Team Sprint

 

The Australian Gold Rush continued with Anna Meares picking up her second World Championship of the week, winning the Team Sprint with team mate Kaarle McCulloch. Australia qualified fastest with a time of 33.037 - agonisingly close to the 'magic' 32 second mark - with China (Jinjie Gong and Junhong Lin) second a couple of tenths back. Great Britain paired young Jess Varnish with Victoria Pendleton and the young Halesowen rider qualified for her first Senior World Championship medal ride just 3 tenths off the Australian time and a tenth of the Lithuania squad pair of Gintare Gaivayente and Simona Krupeckaite.

 

Having missed out on the Team Pursuit World Record, the Australians made sure they got one in the Team Sprint, blasting round in 32.923 seconds. Lithuania improved on their qualifying time to take the Bronze.

 

 

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Qualifying

1 AUS Australia 33.037

Kaarle MCCULLOCH, Anna MEARES

2 CHN China 33.244

Jinjie GONG, Junhong LIN

3 LTU Lithuania 33.261

Gintare GAIVENYTE, Simona KRUPECKAITE

4 GBR Great Britain 33.383

Victoria PENDLETON, Jessica VARNISH

5 FRA France 33.490

Sandie CLAIR, Clara SANCHEZ

6 GER Germany 33.604

Kristina VOGEL, Miriam WELTE

7 NED Netherlands 33.672

Yvonne HIJGENAAR, Willy KANIS

8 RUS Russia 34.269

Victoria BARANOVA, Olga STRELTSOVA

9 POL Poland 35.058

Renata DABROWSKA, Aleksandra DREJGIER

10 HKG Hong Kong 35.252

Wai Sze LEE, Zhao Juan MENG

11 GRE Greece 36.008

Eleni KLAPANARA, Angeliki KOUTSONIKOLI

12 THA Thailand 37.325

Jutatip MANEEPHAN, Chanakan SRICHAUM

 

 

Final Result

 

GOLD AUS Australia 32.923 WR

SILVER CHN China 33.192

 

BRONZE Lithuania 33.109

4 Great Britain 33.593

 

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Check out the results from the other days here

Day 1: 500mTT and Individual Pursuit

Day 2: Team Pursuit and Team Sprint

Day 3: Scratch race and Sprint

Day 4: Sprint and Omnium

 

 

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