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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Points Race

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Stone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Format: 96 laps (24 km). Twelve sprints, one every 8 laps (2.0 km) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. Points on the last sprint doubled.

Gold: FRA Nathalie Even-Lancien
Silver: NED Ingrid Haringa
Bronze: AUS Lucy Tyler-Sharman

Summary

This was the first women's points race at the Olympics, although women had raced the event at the World Championships since 1988. Ingrid Haringa (NED) was a favorite, having won four consecutive World Championships from 1991-1994. The 1995 World Champion was Russian Svetlana Samokhvalova. The Olympic race was conducted as a final only over 25 km. Of the 23 starters, 18 finished, and all 18 were together on the final lap. The leaders on the final lap were Samokhvalova (14 pts.), Haringa (13 pts.), France's Nathalie Even-Lancien, who had been third at the 1995 Worlds and was leading with 18 points, and the surprising Australian, Lucy Tyler-Sharman – tied for 3rd with Haringa with 13 points. Haringa won the final sprint to garner 10 points and bring her total to 23. But Even-Lancien was able to place second, and the six points she won the final sprint gave her the gold medal with 24. Tyler-Sharman placed third in the sprint, as Samokhvalova was shut out, and the "Australian" won the bronze. Tyler-Sharman was actually born in the United States, in Louisville, Kentucky. But she had been unable to earn selection for US international teams, so she moved to Australia, began competing there, and earned Australian citizenship. Tyler-Sharman was actually better known as a pursuiter, and would win the 1998 World Championship in that event, but the Australian pursuit position in 1996 was given to Kathy Watt. The ninth place finisher was Japan's Seiko Hashimoto, who was competing in her seventh (and final) Olympics – the Winter Olympics as a speedskater in 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1994, and the Summer Olympics as a cyclist in 1988, 1992, and 1996. She won one medal, in the 1992 1,500 metres speed skating.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal LM PTS
1 Nathalie Even-Lancien 26 France FRA Gold --- 24
2 Ingrid Haringa 32 Netherlands NED Silver same lap 23
3 Lucy Tyler-Sharman 31 Australia AUS Bronze same lap 17
4 Svetlana Samokhvalova 23 Russia RUS same lap 14
5 Maureen Kaila 31 El Salvador ESA same lap 11
6 Lyudmila Gorozhanskaya 26 Belarus BLR same lap 11
7 Tea Vikstedt-Nyman 37 Finland FIN same lap 9
8 Jacqui Nelson 31 New Zealand NZL same lap 8
9 Seiko Hashimoto 31 Japan JPN same lap 7
10 Nada Cristofoli 25 Italy ITA same lap 6
11 Belem Guerrero 22 Mexico MEX same lap 4
12 Alla Vasilenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ same lap 2
13 Judith Arndt 19 Germany GER same lap 2
14 Maria Lawrence 25 Great Britain GBR same lap 1
15 Daniela Larreal 23 Venezuela VEN same lap 0
16 Tanja Klein 26 Austria AUT same lap 0
17 Jeanne Golay 34 United States USA same lap 0
18 Dania Pérez 22 Cuba CUB same lap 0
AC Wang Yan 21 China CHN DNF
AC Kim Yong-Mi 20 South Korea KOR DNF
AC May Britt Hartwell 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Izaskun Bengoa 21 Spain ESP DNF
AC Rita Razmaitė 29 Lithuania LTU DNF