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Women's Individual Time Trial

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Urban Road Cycling Course, Juyongguan
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: 23.5 km.

Gold: USA Kristin Armstrong
Silver: GBR Emma Pooley
Bronze: SUI Karin Thürig

Summary

The women time trial was one lap of the 23.5 km. Beijing road course, which was highlighted by the steep climb up and down the Badaling section along the Great Wall. The weather was cool and cloudy, with a light wind. Britain’s Emma Pooley was the fifth starter of 25, but set a very fast time. Her time held up until America’s Kristin Armstrong, the 19th starter, went off. Armstrong trailed Pooley’s pace thru the first half of the race, but was stronger on the downhill sections and won by just over 24 seconds. Armstrong had been World Champion in 2006 and runner-up in 2007. Switzerland’s Karin Thürig, the 2004-05 World Champion, started ninth and would finish third for the bronze medal, repeating her finish from 2004. Cycling legend Jeannie Longo (FRA), racing in her seventh Olympics, placed fourth, just over a second behind Thurig. Pooley’s silver medal was a reward for her work in the road race, where she rode for her teammate, Nicole Cooke, who won the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Kristin Armstrong 34 United States USA Gold 34:51.72
2 Emma Pooley 25 Great Britain GBR Silver 35:16.01 at 24.29
3 Karin Thürig 36 Switzerland SUI Bronze 35:50.99 at 59.27
4 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 49 France FRA 35:52.62 at 1:00.90
5 Christine Thorburn 38 United States USA 35:54.16 at 1:02.44
6 Judith Arndt 32 Germany GER 35:59.77 at 1:08.05
7 Christiane Soeder 33 Austria AUT 36:20.75 at 1:29.03
8 Priska Doppmann 37 Switzerland SUI 36:27.79 at 1:36.07
9 Zulfiya Zabirova 34 Kazakhstan KAZ 36:29.47 at 1:37.75
10 Susanne Ljungskog 32 Sweden SWE 36:33.50 at 1:41.78
11 Hanka Kupfernagel 34 Germany GER 36:35.05 at 1:43.33
12 Tania Guderzo 23 Italy ITA 36:37.97 at 1:46.25
13 Linda Villumsen 23 Denmark DEN 36:50.62 at 1:58.90
14 Marianne Vos 21 Netherlands NED 36:58.67 at 2:06.95
15 Nicole Cooke 25 Great Britain GBR 37:14.25 at 2:22.53
16 Nataliya Boyarskaya 25 Russia RUS 37:14.65 at 2:22.93
17 Gao Min 26 China CHN 37:15.23 at 2:23.51
18 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel 32 Netherlands NED 37:51.59 at 2:59.87
19 Marta Vilajosana 33 Spain ESP 37:54.99 at 3:03.27
20 Maryline Salvetat 33 France FRA 38:09.72 at 3:18.00
21 Emma Johansson 24 Sweden SWE 38:28.83 at 3:37.11
22 Oenone Wood 27 Australia AUS 38:53.45 at 4:01.73
23 Edita Pučinskaitė 32 Lithuania LTU 38:55.37 at 4:03.65
24 Alex Wrubleski 24 Canada CAN 39:15.42 at 4:23.70
25 Meng Lang 24 China CHN 40:51.61 at 5:59.89