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Cycling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Sprint

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Horta Velodrome, Barcelona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: EST Erika Salumäe
Silver: GER Annett Neumann
Bronze: NED Ingrid Haringa

Summary

The defending gold medalist was Erika Salumäe, now representing her native Estonia. She had also won the 1989 World Championship, but the 1990 title went to Seoul bronze medalist Connie Paraskevin-Young, while Ingrid Haringa (NED) won the 1991 title. Haring led the qualifying in Barcelona with Paraskevin-Young and Salumäe barely getting thru as they placed sixth and seventh, respectively. The qualifying was rather senseless, serving to eliminate only two of the 12 starters. Paraskevin-Young could not get past the first round repêchage, losing to German Annett Neumann, having been disqualified in the first round for interference. Haringa and Salumäe did reach the quarters, with Haringa easily advancing to the semi-finals. Salumäe had more difficulty, needing three races in the quarters to defeat ersatz Soviet Galina Yenyukhina. But in the semis, Haringa was upset by Neumann, while Salumäe defeated France’s Félicia Ballanger. Neumann won the first race of the final, but Salumäe came back to win two straight and defend her gold medal. It was the first gold medal for Estonia since 1936, when they had last competed as an independent nation. The victory ceremony and Estonian celebration was dampened somewhat when the Estonian flag was hung upside-down. Salumäe was undisturbed, saying the officials would get it right the next time.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Erika Salumäe 30 Estonia EST Gold
2 Annett Neumann 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Ingrid Haringa 28 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Félicia Ballanger 21 France FRA
5 Galina Yenyukhina 32 Unified Team EUN
6 Tanya Dubnicoff 22 Canada CAN
7 Mika Kuroki 20 Japan JPN
2 h1 r3/5 Wang Yan 17 China CHN
2 h2 r2/5 Daniela Larreal 19 Venezuela VEN
2 h3 r2/5 Connie Paraskevin-Young 31 United States USA
2 h4 r2/5 Rita Razmaitė 25 Lithuania LTU
12 QR Olga Sacasa 31 Nicaragua NCA