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Cycling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Date Started: September 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000

Gold: NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Silver: FRA Marion Clignet
Bronze: GBR Yvonne McGregor

Summary

Marion Clignet (FRA) had been World Champion in 1999, after winning a silver medal in 1996. The defending champion, Antonella Bellutti (ITA), was back but had not placed at the Worlds since 1996. As with the men, the format was different in 2000. The 12 starters in qualifying advanced only four to semi-finals. The qualifiers included Clignet, Yvonne McGregor (GBR), and Sarah Ulmer (NZL). However, the qualifying was led by Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, with a stunning margin of 3.066 seconds over Clignet. Zijlaard-van Moorsel had had an up and down career. In 1991 and 1993 she was World Champion on the road, won the 1992-93 Tour de France Féminine, and was World Champion in this event in 1990. But she withdrew from competition, suffering from anorexia nervosa and depression. She returned to international competition in 1998, winning the time trial World Championships in 1998-99. In Sydney she was the dominant cyclist, male or female. She won this event easily, overtaking Ulmer in the semis, and crushing Clignet in the finals by five seconds. In all, she won four cycling medals in Sydney – gold in the pursuit, the road time trial, the road race, and silver in the points race. She continued racing thru 2004, winning the pursuit World Championship in 2001-2003, and repeating as Olympic road time trial champion in Athina. Van Moorsel's times were quite close to the World Record, which had been set in 1996 by Clignet. Back then, the "superman style" with two arms stretched in front of the rider was still allowed. This style was banned in the late 1990s, and these World Records have since been removed from the record books, but not yet in 2000.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 30 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Marion Clignet 36 France FRA Silver
3 Yvonne McGregor 39 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Sarah Ulmer 24 New Zealand NZL
5 Antonella Bellutti 31 Italy ITA
6 Judith Arndt 24 Germany GER
7 Alayna Burns 20 Australia AUS
8 Erin Mirabella 22 United States USA
9 Nataliya Karimova 26 Russia RUS
10 Lada Kozlíková 20 Czech Republic CZE
11 Rasa Mažeikytė 24 Lithuania LTU
12 María Luisa Calle 31 Colombia COL