Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Horta Velodrome, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
This was the dÃ©but for this event at the Olympics, although women had competed in World Championships in the pursuit since 1958. The early stars of the event never had a chance to compete at the Olympics, such as Britainâs great female rider Beryl Burton, Belgiumâs Yvonne Reynders, and five-time World Champion Tamara Garkuskin of the Soviet Union. Since 1982 the event had been dominated by two women â Franceâs [Jeannie Longo] and Americaâs [Rebecca Twigg]. Twigg was World Champion in 1982, 1984-85 and 1987, while Longo won the Worlds in 1986 and 1988-89. But the 1990 World title went to Hollandâs [Leontien van Moorsel] while the 1991 World Champion was Germanyâs [Petra RoÃner].
Seventeen riders started the qualifying which was won surprisingly by Australiaâs [Kathy Watt], with Twigg second and RoÃner third. The best race of the event occurred in the second quarter-final when Twigg and Longo were drawn against each other. Twigg advanced, winning by less than 4/100thâs of a second. But in the semi-finals, Watt won easily over Twigg and RoÃner won the other semi to advance to the final. Watt startd the final quickly and built up of a lead of over 2.3 seconds. However, RoÃner rode steadily and caught her with 2Â½ laps to go, eventually winning by almost two seconds.
|3||Rebecca Twigg||29||United States||USA||Bronze|
|6||Svetlana Samokhvalova||19||Unified Team||EUN|
|8||Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel||22||Netherlands||NED|
|10||Jacqui Nelson||27||New Zealand||NZL|
|AC QR||Margaret Bean||39||Guam||GUM||overtaken|