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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004

Gold: NZL Sarah Ulmer
Silver: AUS Katie Mactier
Bronze: NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
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The 2000 gold medalist, Netherlands’ Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, had been World Champion in this event in 2001-03. But early in 2004, the World Championship was won by New Zealand’s Sarah Ulmer, who broke Zijlaard-van Moorsel’s world record in the process. At the Worlds, held in Melbourne, Ulmer had defeated Australia’s Katie Mactier in the final. In qualifying in Athina, Ulmer placed first with Mactier second and Zijlaard-van Moorsel third, all three bettering the previous world record. But Ulmer’s time was 3:26.400 on the fast Athina track, leading Mactier by the huge margin of over 3½ seconds. Ulmer dominated the event throughout. In her first round race, she came close to overtaking Russian Olga Slyusareva, and in the final defeated Mactier again, this time by over three seconds with another world record of 3:24.537. Van Moorsel finished third in the last competitive race of her career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sarah Ulmer 28 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Katie Mactier 29 Australia AUS Silver
3 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 34 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Kate Bates 22 Australia AUS
5 Karin Thürig 32 Switzerland SUI
6 Olga Slyusareva 35 Russia RUS
7 Yelena Chalykh 30 Russia RUS
8 Emma Davies 25 Great Britain GBR
9 María Luisa Calle 35 Colombia COL
10 Erin Mirabella 26 United States USA
11 Lenka Valová 21 Czech Republic CZE
12 Evelyn García 21 El Salvador ESA