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Cycling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Tongil-ro Circuit, Paju
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 26, 1988
Format: 82.0 km. (51.0 miles) mass start race.

Gold: NED Monique Knol
Silver: FRG Jutta Niehaus
Bronze: URS Laima Zilporytė

Summary

The 82 km. course was numbingly flat, allowing 45 of 53 starters to remain together for the entire race, and bring the riders to a mass sprint finish. The favorite, as she had been in every Olympic race she contested, was France’s Jeannie Longo, who was there for the sprint. A powerful rider, her only weakness was that she was not the greatest sprinter, and she was recovering from a crash a month earlier, in which she had broken her hip, and she had little chance against the entire field. Monique Knol of the Netherlands slipped thru at the end to win the gold medal. She would return in 1992 to win the bronze medal in this event at Barcelona, and the two Olympic races are the major palmares of her cycling career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Monique Knol 24 Netherlands NED Gold 2-00:52
2 Jutta Niehaus 24 West Germany FRG Silver at 0:00
3 Laima Zilporytė 21 Soviet Union URS Bronze at 0:00
4 Geneviève Robic-Brunet 29 Canada CAN at 0:00
5 Valentina Yevpak 28 Soviet Union URS at 0:00
6 Maria Blower 24 Great Britain GBR at 0:00
7 Marie Höljer 22 Sweden SWE at 0:00
8 Inga Thompson-Benedict 24 United States USA at 0:00
9 Sally Hodge 22 Great Britain GBR at 0:00
10 Catherine Marsal 17 France FRA at 0:00
11 Lisa Brambani 21 Great Britain GBR at 0:00
12 Ines Varenkamp 24 West Germany FRG at 0:00
13 Viola Paulitz 21 West Germany FRG at 0:00
14 Bunki Bankaitis-Davis 30 United States USA at 0:00
15 Imelda Chiappa 22 Italy ITA at 0:00
16 Sally Zack 26 United States USA at 0:00
17 Yvonne Elkuch 20 Liechtenstein LIE at 0:00
18 Edith Schönenberger 33 Switzerland SUI at 0:00
19 Heleen Hage 29 Netherlands NED at 0:00
20 Unni Larsen 29 Norway NOR at 0:00
21 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 29 France FRA at 0:00
22 Elizabeth Hepple 29 Australia AUS at 0:00
23 Kristel Werckx 18 Belgium BEL at 0:00
24 Lu Suyan 23 China CHN at 0:00
25 Angela Ranft 18 East Germany GDR at 0:00
26 Paula Westher 23 Sweden SWE at 0:00
27 Donna Gould 22 Australia AUS at 0:00
28 Cécile Odin 22 France FRA at 0:00
29 Kathleen Shannon 23 Australia AUS at 0:00
30 Terumi Ogura 24 Japan JPN at 0:00
31 Kim Gyeong-Suk 21 South Korea KOR at 0:00
32 Maria Canins 39 Italy ITA at 0:00
33 Yan Yinhua 20 China CHN at 0:00
34 Alla Yakovleva 25 Soviet Union URS at 0:00
35 Astrid Danielsen 19 Norway NOR at 0:00
36 Agnes Dusart 26 Belgium BEL at 0:00
37 No Yeom-Ju 20 South Korea KOR at 0:00
38 Kelly-Ann Way 23 Canada CAN at 0:00
39 Sara Neil 28 Canada CAN at 0:00
40 Baba Ganz 24 Switzerland SUI at 0:00
41 Brigitte Gyr-Gschwend 24 Switzerland SUI at 0:00
42 Karina Skibby 23 Denmark DEN at 0:00
43 Tea Vikstedt-Nyman 29 Finland FIN at 0:00
44 Marianne Berglund 25 Sweden SWE at 0:00
45 Roberta Bonanomi 21 Italy ITA at 0:00
46 Cora Westland 25 Netherlands NED at 0:58
47 Chen Weixiu 22 China CHN at 0:58
48 Stephanie McKnight 28 United States Virgin Islands ISV at 0:58
49 Hong Yeong-Mi 20 South Korea KOR at 2:32
50 Natsue Seki 22 Japan JPN at 13:40
AC Petra Rossner 21 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Madonna Harris 22 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Yang Hsiu-Chen 20 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF