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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

Summary

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