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Women's Points Race

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
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. 20 point bonus for lapping field.

Gold: RUS Olga Slyusareva
Silver: MEX Belem Guerrero
Bronze: COL María Luisa Calle

Summary

The race was held as a final only over 25 km. (100 laps), with a sprint every 10 laps. Olga Slyusareva (RUS) had won the World Championships in 2001-2004 and was a heavy favorite. She wanted the gold badly after having won “only” a bronze in 2000. But she started slowly, placing in only two of the first five sprints and in fifth place at the halfway point. Then she scored in all the remaining sprints, winning three of them, to win easily with 20 points. Nineteen riders started, with 14 of them finishing on the same lap.

The early leader was Maria Luisa Calle (COL) who had 12 points in the first five sprints and led at the halfway point. But she failed to place in any of the remaining sprints and originally finished third. Then her doping test turned up positive for heptaminol and she was disqualified, the bronze medal going to American Erin Mirabella. Calle appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and was exonerated; the ruling stating that she had taken only a headache medicine that had been converted to heptaminol during laboratory analysis. Fourteen months after the 2004 Olympics, Calle was restored to third place and Mirabella returned the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS LG
1 Olga Slyusareva 35 Russia RUS Gold 20 ---
2 Belem Guerrero 30 Mexico MEX Silver 14 same lap
3 María Luisa Calle 35 Colombia COL Bronze 12 same lap
4 Erin Mirabella 26 United States USA 9 same lap
5 Vera Carrara 24 Italy ITA 8 same lap
6 Sarah Ulmer 28 New Zealand NZL 8 same lap
7 Gema Pascual 25 Spain ESP 7 same lap
8 Kate Bates 22 Australia AUS 7 same lap
9 Katrin Meinke 24 Germany GER 5 same lap
10 Yoanka González 28 Cuba CUB 5 same lap
11 Adrie Visser 20 Netherlands NED 5 same lap
12 Emma Davies 25 Great Britain GBR 4 same lap
13 Sonia Huguet 28 France FRA 2 same lap
14 Li Meifang 25 China CHN 1 same lap
15 Lada Kozlíková 24 Czech Republic CZE 0 same lap
16 Kyriaki Konstantinidou 19 Greece GRE -18 at 1 lap
17 Kim Yong-Mi 28 South Korea KOR -19 at 1 lap
18 Liudmyla Vypyrailo 25 Ukraine UKR -20 at 1 lap
AC Santia Tri Kusuma 23 Indonesia INA DNF [-2 laps]