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Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel

Full name: Leontine Martha Henrica Petronella "Leontien" Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: March 22, 1970 in Boekel, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Affiliations: Team Farm Frites-Hartol
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

In the early 1990s Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel threatened the supremacy of France's Jeannie Longo as the best female cyclist. Under her maiden name van Moorsel, she won two road world titles (1991, 1993), two Grande Boucles (1992-93), and the world title in the individual pursuit on the track (1990). But van Moorsel suffered from anorexia and bulimia, an eating disorder, and lost 20 kg (44 lbs.) while already slim. Her cycling career suffered, but she returned to prominence in the late 1990s, winning the individual time trial World Championship in 1998 and 1999 and the world pursuit title again in 2001-2003. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she had the most successful Olympics ever by a woman cyclist. She won the individual pursuit in world record time, won the road race and the individual time trial, and added a silver medal on the track in the points race. Van Moorsel continued competing and at Athens in 2004 won a gold medal in the individual time trial and a bronze medal in the individual pursuit. In 2003, she bettered the world hour record, recording 46.065 km.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Women's Road Race, Individual Netherlands NED 23
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres Netherlands NED 8
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Women's Road Race, Individual Netherlands NED 1 Gold
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Women's Individual Time Trial Netherlands NED 1 Gold
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Women's Points Race Netherlands NED 2 Silver
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Women's Road Race, Individual Netherlands NED AC DNF
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Women's Individual Time Trial Netherlands NED 1 Gold
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze

Women's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 23 at 0:21
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 1 3-06:31
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Final Standings AC DNF

Women's Individual Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 1 42:00.781
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 1 31:11.53

Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Netherlands Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 3:49.795
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round 7 QU/OR 3:46.956
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round Heat Five 1 QU/OR 3:46.956
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Final Round Match 1/2 1 3:33.360
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/WR 3:30.816
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 3:31.570
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round Heat Four 1 QU/OR 3:31.570
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Final Round Match 3/4 1 3:27.037
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:28.747
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round 3 QU 3:30.422
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Netherlands Qualifying Round Heat Five 2 QU 3:30.422

Women's Points Race

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank LM PTS
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Netherlands Final Standings 2 same lap 16
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