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UCI Track World Championships 2012

Date range:
April 4- 8, 2012

April 04, Women's Team Sprint:

Germany set new world record twice en-route to rainbow jersey

By:
Jane Aubrey
Published:
April 04, 2012, 12:00 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2012, 5:21 BST

Australia's three-year-reign over, China take bronze medal

Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel en route to gold in the team sprint.

Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel en route to gold in the team sprint.

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Germany's Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel upset the three-time world champions Australia to win gold in the women's team sprint final, setting two new world records in the process.

"I don't know what we did today," a shocked Vogel explained. "It's so amazing and we never believed we could go so fast.

"It's now just a dream and I have to calm down.

"I told Miriam that we wanted to do a new German record but to do a new world record, it's amazing. I don't understand that at the moment."

The Australian pairing of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch were favourites heading into the event but the German's had sent out an early warning lowering the world mark in qualifying (32.754) which had been set in February by Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish at the London World Cup meet. In a powerful performance, Germany's new time in qualifying against Lithuania was 32.630.

Australia had earned their start in the gold medal ride-off after their defeat of Great Britain. Australia was on world record pace but their time when they crossed the line was not enough (32.752) to have the number one seeding for the finals. Great Britain qualified fourth. China then overcame a false start in their heat against France to set a third-best time of 32.937.

Welte and Vogel were forced to fight back in the gold medal match with Australia looking stronger but Germany fought all the way to clock their new world record of 32.549. Australia's time of 32.597 was a personal best.

"I take a lot of confidence out of this ride tonight," explained McCulloch. "There's 115 days to go to the Olympics and I can guarantee you we'll both be faster and we want to stand on that top step on the podium.

"We will be better in London, we aimed to be about 90 per cent here and we'll be 100 per cent in London and we'll be bringing our A game then."

China's Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo proved too good for Pendleton and Varnish, with the Brits perhaps shocked to be walking away empty-handed.

Team Sprint Qualifying
1 Germany 0:00:32.630  
  Miriam Welte (Germany)    
  Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
2 Australia 0:00:32.752  
  Anna Meares (Australia)    
  Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)    
3 China 0:00:32.937  
  Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)    
  Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)    
4 Great  Britain 0:00:32.941  
  Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)    
  Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)    
5 France 0:00:33.355  
  Sandie Clair (France)    
  Clara Sanchez (France)    
6 Russia 0:00:33.440  
  Anastasya Voynova (Russian Federation)    
  Viktoria Baranova (Russian Federation)    
7 Netherlands 0:00:33.571  
  Willy Kanis (Netherlands)    
  Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)    
8 Ukraine 0:00:33.639  
  Olena Tsos (Ukraine)    
  Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)    
9 Spain 0:00:34.276  
  Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)    
  Helena Casas Roige (Spain)    
10 New  Zealand 0:00:34.278  
  Katie Schofield (New Zealand)    
  Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)    
11 Venezuela 0:00:34.335  
  Mariesthela Carolina Vilera (Venezuela)    
  Daniela Grelui Larreal Chirinos (Venezuela)    
12 Colombia 0:00:35.025  
  Juliana Gaviria (Colombia)    
  Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)    
13 Korea 0:00:35.128  
  Eunji Lee (Korea)    
  Hyejin Lee (Korea)    
14 Japan 0:00:35.301  
  Kayono Maeda (Japan)    
  Hiroko Ishii (Japan)    
15 Hong  Kong 0:00:36.631  
  Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong, China)    
  Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)    
REL Lithuania    
  Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)    
  Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)    
Team Sprint Finals - Gold medal round
1 Germany 0:00:32.549  
  Miriam Welte (Germany)    
  Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
2 Australia 0:00:32.597  
  Anna Meares (Australia)    
  Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)    
Team Sprint Finals - Bronze medal round
3 China 0:00:32.870  
  Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)    
  Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)    
4 Great  Britain 0:00:33.160  
  Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)    
  Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)