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Women's Points Race

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Dunc Gray Velodrome, Bass Hill, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000
Format: 100 laps (25 km.). Ten sprints, one every 10 laps (2.5 km.) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. Points on the last sprint doubled.

Gold: ITA Antonella Bellutti
Silver: NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Bronze: RUS Olga Slyusareva

Summary

This race consisted of 17 starters competing in a finals-only race of 25 kilometers. There were 10 sprints held, one every 10 laps. The 1996 pursuit gold medalist, Antonella Bellutti (ITA), placed second in the first three sprints, and then trailed Russia’s Olga Slyusareva, who won the first and three sprints and had 10 points.The fourth and fifth sprints were won Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, the dominant female cyclist in Sydney, who would eventually win four medals and three gold medals at the 2000 Olympics. Bellutti continued to earn points in the seventh and ninth sprints, and led on the last lap with 17 points. Slyusareva was second with 15, followed by Judith Arndt (GER) and Belem Guerrero (MEX) with 12. Entering the final sprint, Zijlaard-van Moorsel still had only 10 points. The final sprint was won by Spain’s Teodora “Dori” Ruano, whose 10 points were her first of the race. Zijlaard-van Moorsel trailed in second, with the six points moving her up to the silver medal. Bellutti earned two points on the final lap to secure the gold medal with 19 points. All 17 riders finished on the same lap. Afraid to fall, Van Moorsel was at the back of the pack for most of the race, which impacted her ability to respond to outbreaks and attacks. Van Moorsel herself was quite happy with the medal, not having done any specific training for the event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal LM PTS
1 Antonella Bellutti 31 Italy ITA Gold ---- 19
2 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 30 Netherlands NED Silver same lap 16
3 Olga Slyusareva 31 Russia RUS Bronze same lap 15
4 Judith Arndt 24 Germany GER same lap 12
5 Belem Guerrero 26 Mexico MEX same lap 12
6 Marion Clignet 36 France FRA same lap 11
7 Dori Ruano 31 Spain ESP same lap 10
8 Sarah Ulmer 24 New Zealand NZL same lap 9
9 Alayna Burns 20 Australia AUS same lap 7
10 Erin Mirabella 22 United States USA same lap 6
11 María Luisa Calle 31 Colombia COL same lap 2
12 Rasa Mažeikytė 24 Lithuania LTU same lap 2
13 Fang Fen-Fang 19 Chinese Taipei TPE same lap 0
14 Emma Davies 21 Great Britain GBR same lap 0
15 Michaela Brunngraber 35 Austria AUT same lap 0
16 Akemi Morimoto 32 Japan JPN same lap 0
17 Maureen Kaila 35 El Salvador ESA same lap 0