Pendleton prevails over Krupeckaite in women's sprint final

Meares takes bronze after losing to Briton in semi

Victoria Pendleton regained her status as sprint world champion, claiming a hard fought victory over Australia's Anna Meares in a drama-filled semi-final. She then went on to cruise through the final round against Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite, who was relegated on the first round and lost to Pendleton in the second.

But it was the semi-final that proved to be the most heated, as the two arch-rivals went head to head with everything in their arsenals. In the first race, Pendleton ran into Meares as she tried to pass in the final bend and crashed, giving the Aussie race one.

On the second race, sporting track burns on her shoulder, Pendleton was beaten to the line by Meares, but a decision by the judges to relegate the Australian for failing to hold her line brought the race to a tie.

On the final race, Meares took the lead too soon and a charged-up Pendleton came past just at the line.

She then went on to defeat her opponent in the finals to win her sixth career world title.

“When I raced Anna Mears in the semi, I thought I’d be riding for the bronze medal,” Pendleton said.

“She’s such a fantastic opponent, there’s been a lot of chat in the media… and she was so strong last year and in London I honestly thought she had the upper hand so to make it through that far I thought it was a really amazing achievement.”

Meares was clearly disappointed to miss out on the gold medal final in her home country, but gave her strategy for coping with the defeat.

“Deal with it, learn from it and implement the new strategies I need to be better,” Meares said. “It’s an Olympic year, the qualifications are close, the races are hard fought, we’ve seen crashes and relegations,” she said.

“People are really starting to fight very hard because that how important it is.”

Quarterfinal report

Anna Meares (Australia) will battle arch-rival Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) in the semi finals of the women's sprint on Friday after both cruised through their quarter final heats.

Meares faced off against China's Shuang Guo, another whom the Australian has had several fierce battles with – most memorably in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where Meares prevailed to reach the final against Pendleton – with the first in the best of three match-ups giving the new world record-holder most cause for concern.

Guo hit Meares with an elbow, unbalancing the Australian slightly before she recovered to take the opening clash. In the second heat, Meares took the initiative on the back straight, winding up to come around Guo in a very focused performance.

Pendleton meanwhile, also won her two heats against Frenchwoman Virginie Cueff with relative ease.

Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) was comprehensive in her defeat of an in-form Miriam Welte (Germany) while Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) is the other rider through.

Qualifying report:

Australia's Anna Meares set a new world record to qualify fastest in the women's sprint, in a time of 10.782 over the flying 200.

The Queenslander is the reigning world title holder and was the sole rider of the 29 starters to dip under the 11 second mark.

Meares bettered the old mark, held by Simona Krupeckaite by .011 – the Lithuanian could only manage the seventh fastest time. Shuang Guo of China was second fastest (11.004) with night one's gold medallist from the team sprint, Miriam Welte ranked third (11.033).

"I was nowhere near expecting that," said Meares, shocked at her own performance. thinking she would instead hit the 10.8 or 10.9 mark.

"I was surprised during the effort because I remember when I sat down I was thinking to myself 'this doesn't feel good. Go! Go! Go!, Go harder!"

The medals in the women's sprint will be decided on Friday evening after the quarter finals on Thursday evening with Meares admitting there was a lot of competition to get through in order to defend her world title.

"It's down to tactics, it's down to nerves, it's down to decision-making and speed doesn't win it for you," she said. "I've got to get it right across the board if I want to come home with that world title."

Final Results

Women's Sprint - Semifinal Heat 1, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.278 
DNFVictoria Pendleton (Great Britain)  
Women's Sprint - Semifinal Heat 1, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.337 
RELAnna Meares (Australia)  
Women's Sprint - Semifinal Heat 1, Race 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.343 
2Anna Meares (Australia)  
Women's Sprint - Semifinal Heat 2, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.674 
2Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
Women's Sprint - Semifinal Heat 2, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.911 
2Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
Women's Sprint Final, Gold Medal Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.603 
RELSimona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)  
Women's Sprint Final, Gold Medal Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.711 
2Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)  
Women's Sprint Final, Bronze Medal Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.376 
4Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
Women's Sprint Final, Bronze Medal Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.343 
4Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
Finals - 5th-8th place
5Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.925 
6Miriam Welte (Germany)  
7Virginie Cueff (France)  
8Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  

1/4 Final Results

Heat 1 Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.491 
2Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 1 Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.591 
2Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 2 Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.806 
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
Heat 2 Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.588 
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
Heat 3 Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.536 
2Miriam Welte (Germany)  
Heat 3 Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.616 
2Miriam Welte (Germany)  
Heat 4 Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.732 
2Virginie Cueff (France)  
Heat 4 Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.739 
2Virginie Cueff (France)  

1/8 Final Repechage

Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.635 
2Hyejin Lee (Korea)  
3Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.821 
2Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)  
3Sandie Clair (France)  

1/8 Final

Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.568 
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.383 
2Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:11.505 
2Sandie Clair (France)  
Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.901 
2Hyejin Lee (Korea)  
Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.852 
2Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.398 
2Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)  

1/16 Final

Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:12.041 
2Juliana Gaviria (Colombia)  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.733 
2Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)  
Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:11.842 
2Kayono Maeda (Japan)  
Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.895 
2Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)  
Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.618 
2Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)  
Heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)0:00:11.850 
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
Heat 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:12.023 
2Tianshi Zhong (People's Republic of China)  
Heat 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.901 
2Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)  
Heat 9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hyejin Lee (Korea)0:00:11.741 
2Monique Sullivan (Canada)  
Heat 10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sandie Clair (France)0:00:11.681 
2Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)  
Heat 11
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.462 
2Viktoria Baranova (Russian Federation)  
Heat 12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.612 
2Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)  

 

Qualifying - Flying 200
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:10.782 
2Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.004 
3Miriam Welte (Germany)0:00:11.033 
4Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)0:00:11.067 
5Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.076 
6Kristina Vogel (Germany)0:00:11.078 
7Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.079 
8Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)0:00:11.090 
9Monique Sullivan (Canada)0:00:11.101 
10Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)0:00:11.105 
11Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.131 
12Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.150 
13Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)0:00:11.166 
14Viktoria Baranova (Russian Federation)0:00:11.170 
15Sandie Clair (France)0:00:11.186 
16Hyejin Lee (Korea)0:00:11.228 
17Lin Junhong (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.244 
18Tianshi Zhong (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.252 
19Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)0:00:11.267 
20Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)0:00:11.302 
21Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.386 
22Kayono Maeda (Japan)0:00:11.402 
23Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)0:00:11.458 
24Juliana Gaviria (Colombia)0:00:11.469 
25Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)0:00:11.487 
26Elena Brezhniva (Russian Federation)0:00:11.508 
27Hiroko Ishii (Japan)0:00:11.800 
28Maryia Lohvinava (Belarus)0:00:11.984 
29Iryna Papezhuk (Ukraine)0:00:12.135 

 

 

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