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Cycling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Horta Velodrome, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: GER Petra Rossner
Silver: AUS Kathy Watt
Bronze: USA Rebecca Twigg

Summary

This was the début for this event at the Olympics, although women had competed in World Championships in the pursuit since 1958. The early stars of the event never had a chance to compete at the Olympics, such as Britain’s great female rider Beryl Burton, Belgium’s Yvonne Reynders, and five-time World Champion Tamara Garkuskin of the Soviet Union. Since 1982 the event had been dominated by two women – France’s Jeannie Longo and America’s Rebecca Twigg. Twigg was World Champion in 1982, 1984-85 and 1987, while Longo won the Worlds in 1986 and 1988-89. But the 1990 World title went to Holland’s Leontien van Moorsel while the 1991 World Champion was Germany’s Petra Roßner.

Seventeen riders started the qualifying which was won surprisingly by Australia’s Kathy Watt, with Twigg second and Roßner third. The best race of the event occurred in the second quarter-final when Twigg and Longo were drawn against each other. Twigg advanced, winning by less than 4/100th’s of a second. But in the semi-finals, Watt won easily over Twigg and Roßner won the other semi to advance to the final. Watt startd the final quickly and built up of a lead of over 2.3 seconds. However, Roßner rode steadily and caught her with 2½ laps to go, eventually winning by almost two seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Petra Rossner 25 Germany GER Gold
2 Kathy Watt 27 Australia AUS Silver
3 Rebecca Twigg 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Hanne Malmberg 27 Denmark DEN
5 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 33 France FRA
6 Svetlana Samokhvalova 19 Unified Team EUN
7 Tea Vikstedt-Nyman 33 Finland FIN
8 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 22 Netherlands NED
9 Kristel Werckx 22 Belgium BEL
10 Jacqui Nelson 27 New Zealand NZL
11 Seiko Hashimoto 27 Japan JPN
12 Gabriella Pregnolato 21 Italy ITA
13 Aiga Zagorska 22 Lithuania LTU
14 Kelly-Ann Way 27 Canada CAN
15 Zhou Lingmei 24 China CHN
16 Olga Sacasa 31 Nicaragua NCA
AC QR Margaret Bean 39 Guam GUM overtaken