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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Sprint

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: CAN Lori-Ann Muenzer
Silver: RUS Tamila Abasova
Bronze: AUS Anna Meares

Summary

The event was not held over 1,000 metres, as had become standard, but rather the qualifying was 3½ laps of the track, or 875 metres, and the match races were 3 laps, or 750 metres. The 2003-04 World Champion was Russian Svetlana Grankovskaya. The qualifying was led by Australian Anna Meares, who had already won gold in the 500 metre time trial in Athina. In the semi-finals Meares faced Canada’s Lori-Ann Muenzer, who placed on the podium at the worlds in 2000, 2001, and 2004, but had never won a major international. However, in Athina she pipped Meares in three races to advance to the final. In the final, she faced Tamilla Abasova, who had defeated her teammate Grankovskaya in three races in the semis, but was completely unknown. The final was an easy victory for Muenzer as she won in straight races, giving Canada its first ever gold medal in Olympic cycling.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lori-Ann Muenzer 38 Canada CAN Gold
2 Tamila Abasova 21 Russia RUS Silver
3 Anna Meares 20 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Svetlana Grankovskaya 28 Russia RUS
5 Nataliya Tsilinskaya 28 Belarus BLR
6 Katrin Meinke 24 Germany GER
7 Simona Krupeckaitė 21 Lithuania LTU
8 Daniela Larreal 31 Venezuela VEN
9 Vicki Pendleton 23 Great Britain GBR
10 Jennie Reed 26 United States USA
11 Yvonne Hijgenaar 24 Netherlands NED
12 Evgeniya Radanova 26 Bulgaria BUL