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Women's Sprint

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: GBR Vicki Pendleton
Silver: AUS Anna Meares
Bronze: CHN Guo Shuang

Summary

As in 2004, the event was not held over 1,000 metres, but rather the qualifying was 3½ laps of the track, or 875 metres, and the match races were 3 laps, or 750 metres. The favorite was three-time World Champion Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain, who was known for her model-like good looks as much as her cycling feats. She led the qualifying with 10.963, an Olympic record, leading China’s Guo Shuang, who had twice been on the podium at the World Championships. Pendleton and Guo were joined in the semi-finals by the 2004 500 metre time trial champion, Anna Meares (AUS) and Willy Kanis of the Netherlands. Meares took out Guo in three races and met Pendleton in the final. But Pendleton won the final easily in two races for the gold medal. Guo defeated Kanis in two straight to win the bronze medal. Kanis had been World Champion in 2005-06 in BMX, but had since turned to track sprinting. Meares had made a remarkable recovery from a crash in January 2008, in which she fractured a vertebrae at the base of her skull.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vicki Pendleton 27 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Anna Meares 24 Australia AUS Silver
3 Guo Shuang 22 China CHN Bronze
4 Willy Kanis 24 Netherlands NED
5 Clara Sánchez 24 France FRA
6 Nataliya Tsilinskaya 32 Belarus BLR
7 Jennie Reed 30 United States USA
8 Simona Krupeckaitė 25 Lithuania LTU
9 Svetlana Grankovskaya 32 Russia RUS
10 Lisandra Guerra 20 Cuba CUB
11 Yvonne Hijgenaar 28 Netherlands NED
12 Sakie Tsukuda 22 Japan JPN