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UCI Track World Championships 2010

Date range:
March 24-28, 2010

March 26, Session 4: Men: Team Pursuit Qualifying; Women: Sprint Qualifying-1/8 final

Britain tops quick team pursuit qualifier

Shane Stokes
March 26, 2010, 15:12 GMT,
March 26, 2010, 17:54 GMT

Guo fastest in women's sprint qualifying

The British team were simply the fastest in the qualifying round of the men's 4,000m team pursuit

The British team were simply the fastest in the qualifying round of the men's 4,000m team pursuit

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It’s landed just one gold medal thus far, but the Great Britain is very much in the hunt for another this evening after it went quickest in the qualifying round of the team pursuit.

The quartet of Stephen Burke, Ed Clancy, Ben Swift and Andrew Tennant scorched around the track in a time of 3 minutes 56.869 seconds. This was over a second faster than second-placed Australia, who Team GB will meet in this evening’s gold medal final.

New Zealand and Denmark were third and fourth, clocking times of 3.58.616 and 4.02.259. The latter started last and was initially on the fastest pace, beating Britain. However the riders cracked and slipped behind, perhaps getting carried away with a very vocal home support.

These two teams will square up in the bronze medal fight this evening, while the Ukraine and Netherlands complete the top six.

Kanis out in 1/8 finals, other favourites go through

There were few surprises in the opening three rounds of the women’s sprint, although the non-progression of regular World Cup medallist Willy Kanis (Netherlands) was a little unexpected. She was fifth-fastest in the qualifying time trial and progressed through the 1/16 final by beating Sandy Clair (France), but then lost out to Kaarle McCulloch (Australia).

Kanis went up against another surprising omission in the repechage, Olga Panarina (Belarussia). She had qualified third-quickest, only to lose out to Victoria Baranova (Russia) in her 1/8 heat. Kanis led Panarina and Virginie Cueff (France) onto the final lap, but was easily passed by the Belorussian.

Kristina Vogel (Germany) won the other repechage, leading out and holding off Clara Sanchez (France) and Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine).

Earlier, six riders went through by the conventional route; in other words, by winning their 1/16 and 1/8 finals. Defending champion Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) only qualified seventh fastest, but beat compatriot Jess Varnish easily. She had a tighter tussle with Sanchez, who came back at her after Pendleton jumped first, but managed to hit the line ahead.

Past silver and bronze medallist Shuang Guo (China) beat Vogel in heat one of the 1/8 finals. Anna Meares (Australia) led out Cueff and fended her off; Baranova was two lengths behind Panarina at the bell but got by, and Simona Krupeckaite (Lituania) jumped early to beat Shulika.

McCullough’s win over Kanis was a straightforward one, while Pendleton had to battle much harder to get by Sanchez. That will give her rivals hope that the four-time world champion is less bulletproof than before.

Men's Team Pursuit - Qualifying
1 Great Britain 0:03:56.869  
  Steven Burke    
  Edward Clancy    
  Ben Swift    
  Andrew Tennant    
2 Australia 0:03:58.185  
  Jack Bobridge    
  Rohan Dennis    
  Michael Hepburn    
  Leigh Howard    
3 New Zealand 0:03:58.616  
  Sam Bewley    
  Westley Gough    
  Peter Latham    
  Jesse Sergent    
4 Denmark 0:04:02.259  
  Niki Byrgesen    
  Michael Faerk Christensen    
  Jens­Erik Madsen    
  Rasmus Christian Quaade    
5 Ukraine 0:04:04.776  
  Lyubomyr Polatayko    
  Maksym Polischuk    
  Vitaliy Popkov    
  Vitaliy Shchedov    
6 Netherlands 0:04:04.818  
  Levi Heimans    
  Arno Van Der Zwet    
  Tim Veldt    
  Sipke Zijlstra    
7 Russia 0:04:04.986  
  Ivan Kovalev    
  Victor Manakov    
  Alexei Markov    
  Alexander Serov    
8 Spain 0:04:05.570  
  Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur    
  Sergi Escobar Roure    
  David Muntaner Juaneda    
  Eloy Teruel Rovira    
9 France 0:04:07.051  
  Vivien Brisse    
  Benoit Daeninck    
  Julien Duval    
  Julien Morice    
10 Germany 0:04:07.265  
  Robert Bartko    
  Robert Bengsch    
  Henning Bommel    
  Patrick Gretsch    
11 Italy 0:04:08.512  
  Angelo Ciccone    
  Marco Coledan    
  Alessandro De Marchi    
  Elia Viviani    
12 China 0:04:11.872  
  Pan Chen    
  Xiao Jiang    
  Chuanmin Li    
  Jie Wang    
13 Ireland 0:04:12.136  
  Stephen Barrett    
  Matthew Brammeier    
  Martyn Irvine    
  David O'Loughlin    
14 Poland 0:04:12.481  
  Pawel Brylowski    
  Dawid Glowacki    
  Piotr Kasperkiewicz    
  Grzegorz Stepniak    
15 Switzerland 0:04:13.023  
  Damien Corthesy    
  Silvan Dillier    
  Loïc Perizzolo    
  Cyrille Thiery    
16 Greece 0:04:14.765  
  Georgios Bouglas    
  Dimitrios Chidemenakis    
  Dimitrios Polydoropoulos    
  Polychronis Tzortzakis    
17 Austria 0:04:21.370  
  Andreas Graf    
  Andreas Müller    
  Werner Riebenbauer    
  Georg Tazreiter    
Women's Sprint - Qualifying
1 Shuang Guo (China) 0:00:10.918  
2 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:11.030  
3 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:11.077  
4 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.078  
5 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:11.105  
6 Clara Sanchez (France) 0:00:11.120  
7 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:11.135  
8 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 0:00:11.202  
9 Junhong Lin (People's Republic of China) 0:00:11.242  
10 Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China) 0:00:11.250  
11 Virginie Cueff (France) 0:00:11.340  
12 Kristina Vogel (Germany) 0:00:11.356  
13 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 0:00:11.385  
14 Miriam Welte (Germany) 0:00:11.408  
15 Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.426  
16 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0:00:11.442  
17 Emily Rosemond (Australia) 0:00:11.444  
18 Jessica Varnish (Great Britain) 0:00:11.464  
19 Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain) 0:00:11.518  
20 Sandie Clair (France) 0:00:11.559  
21 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:11.564  
22 Christin Muche (Germany) 0:00:11.571  
23 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0:00:11.600  
24 Olga Streltsova (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.700  
25 Renata Dabrowska (Poland) 0:00:11.922  
26 Helena Casas Roige (Spain) 0:00:11.995  
27 Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania) 0:00:12.084  
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 1
1 Shuang Guo (China) 0:00:11.914  
2 Olga Streltsova (Russian Federation)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 2
1 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:11.682  
2 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 3
1 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:12.114  
2 Christin Muche (Germany)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 4
1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.782  
2 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 5
1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:11.418  
2 Sandie Clair (France)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 6
1 Clara Sanchez (France) 0:00:11.874  
2 Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 7
1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:11.794  
2 Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 8
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 0:00:11.577  
2 Emily Rosemond (Australia)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 9
1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0:00:11.693  
2 Junhong Lin (People's Republic of China)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 10
1 Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.898  
2 Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 11
1 Virginie Cueff (France) 0:00:11.848  
REL Miriam Welte (Germany)    
Women's 1/16 Final Heat 12
1 Kristina Vogel (Germany) 0:00:11.813  
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 1
1 Shuang Guo (China) 0:00:11.804  
2 Kristina Vogel (Germany)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 2
1 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:11.717  
2 Virginie Cueff (France)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 3
1 Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.763  
2 Olga Panarina (Belarus)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 4
1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.660  
2 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 5
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 0:00:11.536  
2 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)    
Women's 1/8 Final Heat 6
1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:11.552  
2 Clara Sanchez (France)