Mactier disappointed with bronze

Katie Mactier's time in the bronze ride would have given her silver

Katie Mactier's time in the bronze ride would have given her silver (Image credit: CJ Farquharson)

In the women's 3km individual pursuit battle for bronze, 2004 Olympic silver medallist, Katie Mactier, also led from the front and held her form to deny Wendy Houvenaghel of Great Britain a place on the podium. Mactier finished almost two seconds faster than Houvenaghel, but was disappointed to not have made the ride off for gold.

"That's the point, that's where we want to be," said the 2005 World Champion, who has finished third for the past three years. "Third isn't good enough, but I rode a fast time in the bronze ride that would have given me a silver, so, while it's disappointing to get the bronze, we know what we need to do for the Olympics.

"We didn't do a really big block of track work before this week, because we'll do that heading into Beijing," she added. "There was nothing wrong with how I felt, but at the Olympics there are three rounds and from past experience my second ride is always better than by first one and I'll have that second chance."

At World Championships the fastest two qualifiers ride off for gold and silver while the next two fastest contest the race for bronze. At the Olympic Games the top eight qualifiers qualify for a second round of head to head competition from which the fastest two winners vie for gold and the slowest two winners contest the bronze medal race.

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