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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Sprint

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Velodrome, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 14, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Format: Qualifying over 3½ laps, or 875 metres. Match races over 3 laps, or 750 metres.

Gold: GER Kristina Vogel
Silver: GBR Becky James
Bronze: GBR Katy Marchant


The sprint was thought to be an intriguing clash of generations. The established names in the event like [Kristina Vogel], [Anna Meares] and [Simona Krupeckaitė] were being challenged by newly crowned world champion [Zhong Tianshi], as well as [Elis Ligtlee] and [Anastasiya Voynova] who were all in their early twenties.

The qualifying round would have been considered a huge shock had it not been for the form shown by the rest of the British team at Rio, with the time sheets being topped by [Becky James], returning after missing most of three years with a variety of illnesses and injuries, and the hugely inexperienced convert from athletics, [Katy Marchant].The first three rounds passed uneventfully barring for Vogel’s ousting of [Lee Wai Sze] of Hong Kong who had qualified with a faster time trial than the German.

The first semi-final between James and Ligtlee went the Briton’s way but the chances of the women’s final mirroring the men’s event with an all British final ended when the greater tactical experience of Vogel proved too much for Marchant. Vogel outraced James in two-straight sprints to grab the gold medal despite suffering the ignominy of having her saddle collapse to the side of the track just before the finish line in the second heat of the final. This was the only German cycling gold of the Games. Marchant had only taken up the sport in 2013 after having previously been part of [Jessica Ennis-Hill]’s heptathlon training group.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kristina Vogel 25 Germany GER Gold
2 Becky James 24 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Katy Marchant 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Elis Ligtlee 22 Netherlands NED
5 Zhong Tianshi 25 China CHN
6 Lee Wai Sze 29 Hong Kong HKG
7 Simona Krupeckaitė 33 Lithuania LTU
8 Anastasiya Voynova 23 Russia RUS
9 Natasha Hansen 26 New Zealand NZL
10 Anna Meares 32 Australia AUS
11 Miriam Welte 29 Germany GER
12 Virginie Cueff 28 France FRA
13 Stephanie Morton 25 Australia AUS
14 Kate O'Brien 28 Canada CAN
15 Laurine van Riessen 28 Netherlands NED
16 Gong Jinjie 29 China CHN
17 Monique Sullivan 27 Canada CAN
18 Olqa Panarina-İsmayılova 30 Azerbaijan AZE
19 Tania Calvo 24 Spain ESP
20 Lisandra Guerra 28 Cuba CUB
21 Fatehah Mustapa 27 Malaysia MAS
22 Darya Shmelyova 21 Russia RUS
23 Liv Podmore 19 New Zealand NZL
24 Juliana Gaviria 25 Colombia COL
25 Sandie Clair 28 France FRA
26 Helena Casas 28 Spain ESP
27 Ebtissam Mohamed 19 Egypt EGY