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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 500 metres Time Trial

Cycling at the 2004 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004

Gold: AUS Anna Meares
Silver: CHN Jiang Yonghua
Bronze: BLR Nataliya Tsilinskaya

Summary

Earlier in 2004, Anna Meares (AUS) had won the World Championship over China’s Jiang Yonghua. Jiang held the world record of 34 flat, and posted the fastest time of 34.112 as the next-to-last starter. But Meares defeated her again, breaking the world record with 33.952 and becoming the first woman under the 34-second barrier. The bronze medalist, Nataliya Tsylinskaya (RUS), had been World Champion in 2002-2003 and would win the title again in 2005 in Los Angeles, defeating Meares in the process. Meares finished second at the 2005-06 Worlds but returned in 2007 to win her second world title. With BMX added to the 2008 Olympic program, this event was discontinued at the Olympics and Meares had no chance to defend her gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Anna Meares 20 Australia AUS Gold 33.952 WR
2 Jiang Yonghua 30 China CHN Silver 34.112
3 Nataliya Tsilinskaya 28 Belarus BLR Bronze 34.167
4 Simona Krupeckaitė 21 Lithuania LTU 34.317
5 Yvonne Hijgenaar 24 Netherlands NED 34.532
6 Vicki Pendleton 23 Great Britain GBR 34.626
7 Lori-Ann Muenzer 38 Canada CAN 34.628
8 Nancy Contreras 26 Mexico MEX 34.783
9 Svetlana Grankovskaya 28 Russia RUS 34.797
10 Sayuri Osuga 23 Japan JPN 35.045
11 Katrin Meinke 24 Germany GER 35.088
12 Tamila Abasova 21 Russia RUS 35.147