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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Individual Time Trial

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Pontal Beach, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 10, 2016

Gold: USA Kristin Armstrong
Silver: RUS Olga Zabelinskaya
Bronze: NED Anna van der Breggen

Summary

It was hard to imagine that there would be any gold medal winner other than America’s [Kristin Armstrong], after all, she had won the Olympic title in 2008 and 2012, had two World Time Trial titles to her name and won her fourth US National Time Trial title after coming out of retirement in 2015 – eight years after her last success. She may have been 43-years-of-age the day after the Rio race, but with age came experience. Having retired after Beijing, and for a second time after London, it was another comeback for the American as she sought Olympic title number three, [Linda Villumsen] of New Zealand and [Lisa Brennauer] of Germany were the 2015 and 2014 World Time Trial Champions respectively and offered a serious challenge to Armstrong. Villumsen had six World titles to her name

There were no changes in the format since London 2012, with the 25 starters setting off at 90-second intervals over the 29.7 km circuit which started from Tim Maia Square in Pontal, west Rio de Janeiro. After a 2.5 km ride on the flat, the riders entered the 24.7 km Grumari circuit, which they completed one lap of before the ride back to the starting point.

As expected, Armstrong set the early pace on a rainy day in Pontal, leading through the first split, just less than five seconds ahead of the Italian [Elisa Longo Borghini], the daughter of the Olympic cross country skier [Guidina Dal Sasso], with the Netherlands rider [Anna van der Breggen], the 2015 World Championship runner-up, in third place. Van der Breggen and Longo Borghini had finished first and third respectively in the Rio road race just three days earlier.

Up from sixth to first place at split two was Russia’s London 2012 bronze medalist [Olga Zabelinskaya], the daughter of the 1980 Olympic road race champion [Sergey Sukhoruchenkov]. Armstrong was 2.88 seconds behind in second place with the Italian Longo Borghini a further 4.1 seconds adrift in third.

It was a case of too little too late for the 2014 World Champion Lisa Brennauer who, despite the fastest time in the final phase could only finish a lowly eighth, while Armstrong clawed back Zabelinskaya to overtake her at the top of the leaderboard and beat the Russian by 5.55 seconds to take her third consecutive Olympic gold medal whilst van der Breggen ousted Longo Borghini to take the bronze medal. As she crossed the line, Armstrong was so exhausted after her final sprint, she collapsed, but she had vindicated her selection onto the US team which many had criticised at the time as she became the first female cyclist, track or road, to win the same event at three consecutive Olympics.

For Zabelinskaya, she raised her arms thinking she had secured gold as she crossed the line only to watch disappointingly as Armstrong deprived her of gold. Had the Russian won, that too would have been controversial as she had returned to the sport shortly before the Games following a drugs ban.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Kristin Armstrong 42 United States USA Gold 44:26.42 17:07.93 1 32:43.90 2
2 Olga Zabelinskaya 36 Russia RUS Silver 44:31.97 17:30.36 6 32:41.02 1
3 Anna van der Breggen 26 Netherlands NED Bronze 44:37.80 17:14.25 3 32:57.08 4
4 Ellen van Dijk 29 Netherlands NED 44:48.74 17:32.35 8 33:05.42 6
5 Elisa Longo Borghini 24 Italy ITA 44:51.94 17:12.83 2 32:48.00 3
6 Linda Villumsen 31 New Zealand NZL 44:54.71 17:25.91 5 33:05.21 5
7 Tara Whitten 36 Canada CAN 45:01.16 17:19.17 4 33:08.53 7
8 Lisa Brennauer 28 Germany GER 45:22.62 18:00.67 10 33:50.03 8
9 Katrin Garfoot 34 Australia AUS 45:35.03 18:03.82 11 33:56.04 9
10 Evelyn Stevens 33 United States USA 46:00.08 18:17.97 15 34:02.06 10
11 Yelena Omelyusik 27 Belarus BLR 46:05.73 18:06.21 13 34:12.21 13
12 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio 30 South Africa RSA 46:29.11 17:32.34 7 34:17.36 14
13 Karol-Ann Canuel 28 Canada CAN 46:30.93 18:05.48 12 34:09.47 12
14 Emma Pooley 33 Great Britain GBR 46:31.98 17:52.33 9 34:06.22 11
15 Eri Yonamine 25 Japan JPN 46:43.09 18:28.68 16 34:41.24 15
16 Trixi Worrack 34 Germany GER 46:52.77 18:33.78 18 34:54.49 16
17 Lotta Lepistö 27 Finland FIN 47:06.52 18:31.04 17 35:12.82 17
18 Katarzyna Niewiadoma 21 Poland POL 47:47.96 18:40.17 21 35:24.78 19
19 Anna Plichta 24 Poland POL 47:59.66 18:36.95 19 35:25.73 20
20 Hanna Solovei 24 Ukraine UKR 48:03.35 18:38.89 20 35:16.05 18
21 Lotte Kopecky 20 Belgium BEL 48:09.86 18:56.58 22 36:00.59 23
22 Christine Majerus 29 Luxembourg LUX 48:16.17 19:03.15 23 36:00.19 22
23 Ann-Sophie Duyck 29 Belgium BEL 48:17.60 18:07.54 14 35:35.13 21
24 Audrey Cordon 26 France FRA 49:32.87 19:23.06 24 36:46.22 24
25 Vita Heine 31 Norway NOR 50:23.39 19:56.86 25 37:32.15 25