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Hoy, Trott earn gold for Great Britain on track cycling's final day

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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) with the British flag

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) with the British flag
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) on the start line

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) on the start line
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Annette Edmondson (Australia) was 2nd in the final event of the Women's Omnium

Annette Edmondson (Australia) was 2nd in the final event of the Women's Omnium
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Sarah Hammer (United States of America) leads the charge to the line in the Scratch Race

Sarah Hammer (United States of America) leads the charge to the line in the Scratch Race
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) moves to the front position on the last lap

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) moves to the front position on the last lap
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Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) started the sprint two laps out

Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) started the sprint two laps out
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Riders get a big push to start the 1-6 Big final

Riders get a big push to start the 1-6 Big final
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Riders strung out behind the Derny

Riders strung out behind the Derny
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Chris Hoy, composed before the start of the first heat

Chris Hoy, composed before the start of the first heat
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Chris Hoy's proud family

Chris Hoy's proud family
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Chris Hoy shows off his gold medal

Chris Hoy shows off his gold medal
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Chris Hoy poses for photographers

Chris Hoy poses for photographers
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Chris Hoy is ecstatic on winning his 6th career Olympic gold

Chris Hoy is ecstatic on winning his 6th career Olympic gold
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Jamie Staff and Mark Cavendish watched from the BBC studio

Jamie Staff and Mark Cavendish watched from the BBC studio
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Great Britain's Chris Hoy straps in

Great Britain's Chris Hoy straps in
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Round 1, heat one of the 2012 men's Olympic keirin

Round 1, heat one of the 2012 men's Olympic keirin
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates his win

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates his win
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) won the 500TT and clinched the gold by 1 point

Laura Trott (Great Britain) won the 500TT and clinched the gold by 1 point
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) celebrates her gold medal

Laura Trott (Great Britain) celebrates her gold medal
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Sarah Hammer, Laura Trott and Annette Edmonson on the podium

Sarah Hammer, Laura Trott and Annette Edmonson on the podium
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Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares and Shuang Guo on the podium

Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares and Shuang Guo on the podium
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It is the end of an era with the retirement of Victoria Pendleton

It is the end of an era with the retirement of Victoria Pendleton
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Meares drives to Olympic gold

Meares drives to Olympic gold
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Anna Meares vs Victoria Pendleton in gold medal round

Anna Meares vs Victoria Pendleton in gold medal round
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Shuang Guo won the bronze in two straight against Kristina Vogel

Shuang Guo won the bronze in two straight against Kristina Vogel
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Victoria Pendleton won the first race of the final, but was relegated

Victoria Pendleton won the first race of the final, but was relegated
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Anna Meares takes on Shuang Guo in the semi-final

Anna Meares takes on Shuang Guo in the semi-final
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Victoria Pendleton versus Kristina Vogel in the semi-final

Victoria Pendleton versus Kristina Vogel in the semi-final
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Anna Meares' parents watch their daughter receive the Olympic gold medal

Anna Meares' parents watch their daughter receive the Olympic gold medal
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Annette Edmondson (Australia) finished 4th in the Individual Time Trial

Annette Edmondson (Australia) finished 4th in the Individual Time Trial
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Anna Meares hugs the Aussie team manager

Anna Meares hugs the Aussie team manager
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Tara Whitten (Canada) finished 3rd in the Individual Time Trial

Tara Whitten (Canada) finished 3rd in the Individual Time Trial
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Sarah Hammer (United States of America) finished 1st in the Individual Time Trial

Sarah Hammer (United States of America) finished 1st in the Individual Time Trial
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) finished 2nd in the Individual Time Trial

Laura Trott (Great Britain) finished 2nd in the Individual Time Trial
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) leads in the Scratch race

Laura Trott (Great Britain) leads in the Scratch race
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The Scratch race was the penultimate event in the Women's Omnium

The Scratch race was the penultimate event in the Women's Omnium
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) and Tara Whitten (Canada) in the Scratch Race

Laura Trott (Great Britain) and Tara Whitten (Canada) in the Scratch Race
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) wins after turning on the afterburners

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) wins after turning on the afterburners
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) charges to the line

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) charges to the line
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) in the drag race to the finish

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) in the drag race to the finish
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) speeds toward the finish

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) speeds toward the finish
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) at the front

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) at the front
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) leads in qualifying

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) leads in qualifying
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Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago) sprints to victory in the keirin 7th-12th place finals

Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago) sprints to victory in the keirin 7th-12th place finals
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And they're off.

And they're off.
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Maximilian Levy (Germany) wins a round

Maximilian Levy (Germany) wins a round
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Shane Perkins (Australia) leads Maximilian Levy (Germany) in their keirin second round heat.

Shane Perkins (Australia) leads Maximilian Levy (Germany) in their keirin second round heat.
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) looks back at his rivals

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) looks back at his rivals
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on his way to winning his keirin second round heat.

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on his way to winning his keirin second round heat.
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The riders all lined up behind the derny

The riders all lined up behind the derny
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The official starter's gun

The official starter's gun
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Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain) crashed at the beginning of his keirin second round heat which forced a re-start

Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain) crashed at the beginning of his keirin second round heat which forced a re-start
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) at the start

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) at the start
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) celebrates keirin victory
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The crowds went wild upon Chris Hoy's victory

The crowds went wild upon Chris Hoy's victory
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The men roll out for the keirin

The men roll out for the keirin
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Some excited British fans

Some excited British fans
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Guess who these fans are cheering for?

Guess who these fans are cheering for?
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The British fans have had many reasons to cheer on their cyclists so far this Olympics

The British fans have had many reasons to cheer on their cyclists so far this Olympics
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) holds up his gold medal

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) holds up his gold medal
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Men's Keirin Olympic podium: Maximilian Levy (Germany), silver; Chris Hoy (Great Britain), gold; Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand) both with bronze

Men's Keirin Olympic podium: Maximilian Levy (Germany), silver; Chris Hoy (Great Britain), gold; Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand) both with bronze
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Men's Keirin Olympic podium: Maximilian Levy (Germany), Chris Hoy (Great Britain), Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)

Men's Keirin Olympic podium: Maximilian Levy (Germany), Chris Hoy (Great Britain), Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) wins the men's Olympic keirin

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) wins the men's Olympic keirin
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A triumphant Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

A triumphant Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) on the podium
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Sarah Hammer (United States) finished 4th in the 500m time trial which gave her the omnium silver medal.

Sarah Hammer (United States) finished 4th in the 500m time trial which gave her the omnium silver medal.
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Annette Edmondson (Australia) about to start the omnium 500m time trial

Annette Edmondson (Australia) about to start the omnium 500m time trial
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Annette Edmondson (Australia) and Sarah Hammer (United States) at the front of the omnium scratch race

Annette Edmondson (Australia) and Sarah Hammer (United States) at the front of the omnium scratch race
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Annette Edmondson (Australia) and Sarah Hammer (United States) at the front of the omnium scratch race

Annette Edmondson (Australia) and Sarah Hammer (United States) at the front of the omnium scratch race
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Action in the women's omnium scratch race

Action in the women's omnium scratch race
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Riders compete in the fifth round of the women's omnium - the 10km scratch race

Riders compete in the fifth round of the women's omnium - the 10km scratch race
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The women raced the scratch race as part of the omnium

The women raced the scratch race as part of the omnium
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The women look at each other during the omnium scratch race

The women look at each other during the omnium scratch race
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The women's field, all strung out, during the omnium scratch race

The women's field, all strung out, during the omnium scratch race
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Sarah Hammer (United States) grimaces with her effort

Sarah Hammer (United States) grimaces with her effort
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) in action

Laura Trott (Great Britain) in action
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Sarah Hammer (United States) time trials

Sarah Hammer (United States) time trials
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The women lined up for the omnium scratch race

The women lined up for the omnium scratch race
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Women's omnium podium: Sarah Hammer (United States), Laura Trott (Great Britain), Annette Edmondson (Australia)

Women's omnium podium: Sarah Hammer (United States), Laura Trott (Great Britain), Annette Edmondson (Australia)
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) with her omnium gold medal

Laura Trott (Great Britain) with her omnium gold medal
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) on the podium

Laura Trott (Great Britain) on the podium
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) was beaming after her omnium gold medal

Laura Trott (Great Britain) was beaming after her omnium gold medal
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) does a victory lap

Laura Trott (Great Britain) does a victory lap
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) waves to the crowd

Laura Trott (Great Britain) waves to the crowd
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Laura Trott (Great Britain) time trials

Laura Trott (Great Britain) time trials
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Laura Trott (Great Britain)

Laura Trott (Great Britain)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) waves to the crowd

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) waves to the crowd
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton after the finish

Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton after the finish
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A jubilant Anna Meares (Australia)

A jubilant Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares (Australia) is overjoyed

Anna Meares (Australia) is overjoyed
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Anna Meares (Australia) celebrates after winning

Anna Meares (Australia) celebrates after winning
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) after finishing

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) after finishing
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Anna Meares (Australia) had plenty of time to celebrate

Anna Meares (Australia) had plenty of time to celebrate
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Anna Meares (Australia) leads across the finish

Anna Meares (Australia) leads across the finish
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Anna Meares (Australia) high fives the crowd

Anna Meares (Australia) high fives the crowd
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) with the silver medal

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) with the silver medal
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Olympic women's sprint podium: Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares, Guo Shuang

Olympic women's sprint podium: Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares, Guo Shuang
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Olympic women's sprint podium: Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares, Guo Shuang

Olympic women's sprint podium: Victoria Pendleton, Anna Meares, Guo Shuang
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Anna Meares (Australia) on the podium

Anna Meares (Australia) on the podium
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) on the podium

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) on the podium
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Anna Meares (Australia) happy after winning

Anna Meares (Australia) happy after winning
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Anna Meares (Australia) is congratulated

Anna Meares (Australia) is congratulated
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An emotional Anna Meares (Australia)

An emotional Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Victoria Pendleton looks back at Anna Meares in the final

Victoria Pendleton looks back at Anna Meares in the final
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Victoria Pendleton looks back at Anna Meares in the final

Victoria Pendleton looks back at Anna Meares in the final
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares (Australia) comes around Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Anna Meares (Australia) comes around Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)
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Anna Meares (Australia) looks back at Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Anna Meares (Australia) looks back at Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) and Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) and Kristina Vogel (Germany)
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Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) and Anna Meares (Australia)

Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) and Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Kristina Vogel (Germany) leads Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Kristina Vogel (Germany) leads Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
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Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) celebrates

Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) celebrates
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Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) and Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China) and Kristina Vogel (Germany)
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Kristina Vogel (Germany) looks back at Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Kristina Vogel (Germany) looks back at Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)
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Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton throw elbows. Pendleton comes out of the sprint lane,a move that gets her relegated.

Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton throw elbows. Pendleton comes out of the sprint lane,a move that gets her relegated.
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Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton throw elbows. Pendleton comes out of the sprint lane,a move that gets her relegated.

Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton throw elbows. Pendleton comes out of the sprint lane,a move that gets her relegated.
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) looks back at Anna Meares (Australia)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) looks back at Anna Meares (Australia)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)
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Anna Meares (Australia)

Anna Meares (Australia)
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Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) leads Kristina Vogel (Germany)
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Women's Omnium

Laura Trott brought her country its seventh gold medal of the Olympic Games, putting in a new track record in the 500m time trial, the last event of the omnium, to move into the overall victory over the USA's Sarah Hammer.

The 20-year-old, who was part of the winning pursuit team, became the country's second double gold medalist after Jason Kenny.

"I didn't expect it," Trott said of her second gold medal. "I though I had a chance after winning the [omnium at] Worlds and I really wanted to win the team pursuit. I’m glad that paid off. All our training came together, but to win the omnium as well I really can't believe it, I really can't."

Holding off her nerves ahead of all the other events, Trott finally started to feel the pressure ahead of the final race, but the deafening roar of the crowd helped her get through it.

"I was nervous but I was confident, I knew that I had to put at least two places into her. If I got three it was a definite, but if I had put two places into her I had to beat her by 0.6 of a second. I was nervous but confident. My legs were killing me but the crowd just drove me home and I wasn’t giving up.

"I'm never normally that nervous because I am good at it. Not many people can put three points into Sarah Hammer."

Hammer was leading the overall standings in the omnium by one point going into the finale, but the 500m time trial has never been her strongest event. Despite posting her personal best time, she was only ranked fourth in the test behind Australian Annette Edmondson (Australia), who secured the bronze medal with the second fastest time of the night.

"The 500 has been the hardest one for me in past events," said Hammer. "That's what I've been training for. That was kinda what got me there in the end. It was a personal best for me. I've never gone sub-36 (seconds).

"I've been training and waiting for that moment. There's always things that I could have hoped for, but that's the nature of the omnium. You don't know how other people are going to place here or there. If you would have changed your move, maybe that would have shuffled places of other people. I'm really thrilled getting through all six of those events. I gave it my best shot on every single one. That's why I get to have this around my neck right now," she said, proudly touching her silver medal.

Edmondson, the world champion in the discipline, was not completely satisfied with bronze. "To be honest I came here wanting more. I wanted gold or silver but stuffed up the points race a little bit. I couldn't face going home with nothing, so to get bronze is brilliant.

"I am so happy to be able to take something home, especially after we didn't win the bronze in the team pursuit. I did this for my teammates back home. It is my first medal at the Olympics and I can't believe it, it's something special."

Day one: The pecking order is established

The women's omnium got underway with the 250m time trial, a flying lap which was sure to be the domain of Frenchwoman Clara Sanchez. The sprinter had already shown her speed with a fourth place overall in the women's keirin, and as expected, she posted the fastest time and a new track record in 14.058. Australia's Edmondson was two tenths outside the mark, bettering the time of notable road sprinter Kirsten Wild (Netherlands). In a stunning performance of speed and technique, home favourite Trott sped around the track, quicker even than Sanchez, but only by one thousandth of a second.

That result put Trott in a prime position heading into the points race, but her competitors had a challenge in store. After a lackadaisical 10 laps, Edmondson opened with a win in the first sprint over two-time omnium world champion Whitten. Trott fired back, coming over the top of Cuban Marlies Mejias to win sprint two.

Now that the favourites had laid down trumps, it was time for the outsiders to attack: Belgian Jolien D'Hoore, Malgorzata Wojtyra, Maria Luisa Calle (Colombia), Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela) and Russian Evgeniya Romanyuta slipped away, staying clear for the third sprint which D'Hoore won.

It was an anglophonic alliance that went on to take a lap before the next sprint: Hammer, Whitten and Kiwi Jo Kiesanowski went clear and worked smoothly together to bring themselves on the same lap as the leader D'Hoore. The break succeeded in lapping the field before the next sprint, won by Tatsianan Sharakova (Belarus), who then kept the pressure on to gain a lap solo.

Trott was now up against the entire field, who would not let her get away. She was forced to respond to attacks from Hammer, Whitten and Edmondson who were content to let Wojtyra mop up more sprints along the way. Heading into the finale, the Polish rider led by an unbeatable margin of six points over Whitten, with Sharakova and Hammer and D'Hoore tied for third.

Trott got what she could out of the finale, taking the dash to the line over Sharakova, while Whitten smartly slotted in for two points in third place to secure third, with D'Hoore and Hammer rounding out the top five.

The result put Hammer out on top with 10 points, tied with Whitten, while Trott was one point in arrears. Edmondson sat fourth, four points behind the leaders heading into the elimination race.

Sharakova took an early exit to drop down the standings, while the top five in the standings rode attentively at the front. Trott found herself too far back, having to slip through the middle in the sprint for 10th to avoid elimination. The British rider then launched a brisk acceleration that sent Whitten drifting back. Although she fought to get back in, it was too late for the Canadian and her eighth place pushed her back to fourth overall by the end.

The finale came down to a hotly contested final three, with Edmondson leading out the sprint for third then getting passed before the line by Trott and Hammer. The sprint for the victory started right out of the first turn, with Hammer trying to get the jump on Trott, but being unable to match the British rider's speed. Trott's win, her second of the day, put her on top although tied with Hammer at 12 points.

Day two: all about timing

In the individual purusit, Hammer showed why she holds the world record by winning in a time nearly a full second quicker than Trott, while Whitten also posted a strong time for third. Edmondson held the fourth best time to leave the standings in that order ahead of the scratch race in the evening.

The scratch race was an aggressive affair, with Trott and Hammer trading blows, while Whitten fought to protect her position in the medal hunt from the onslaught of Belgium's d'Hoore and Edmondson. In the end, the race came down to a bunch sprint with Hammer taking the lead with two laps to go and setting such a furious pace that Trott was swamped in the final push to the line. The British rider fought back hard to take third, with Edmondson getting over Hammer to win the race.

Whitten lost her third place spot to Edmondson due to a sixth place finish behind Wild and d'Hoore in the bunch sprint. Heading into the final event, the 500m time trial, Hammer held a two point lead over Trott, but the race was a specialty of the British rider. In the world championships and the London test event, Hammer's best 500 finish was fourth behind Trott, who won both. Hammer had to be top two, or if third place had to beat Trott on the accumulated time of their flying lap, pursuit and 500.

It did not come down to that, however. Both riders put in their personal best times, Trott in a new track record of 35.111 to win the event, Hammer in 35.900 for the fourth best time behind Edmondson (35.140) and Clara Sanchez (35.451), but the result put the American one point down on the British rider.

A seventh gold for Great Britain, a second silver for Hammer and a bronze medal for the world champion Edmondson.

Men's Keirin

Sir Chris Hoy rode into history to become Great Britain's most decorated Olympian, netting his sixth career gold medal by winning in the men's keirin in a scintillating final race of the 2012 Olympic Games track cycling competition.

Hoy bested German Max Levy, New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven and Teun Mulder (Netherlands) to bring the British crowd to its feet in rapturous joy.

"I'm in shock. I'm trying to take it all in, but this is surreal. It is what I always wanted - to win gold in front of my home crowd. I can't express the feelings I'm having right now. It's just the most amazing feeling," said Hoy.

The kilometer time trial may have been axed from the Olympic programme after Hoy's gold medal in Athens in 2004, but that didn't stop him from using that talent to power away in each of the rounds to a magnificent margin of victory.

"This is the perfect end to my Olympic career. At Sydney (2000), I was just over the moon with a silver medal. If I'd have stopped then I would have been a happy boy, but to go on to Athens, Beijing and here, I can't put it into words."

Matched up against Levy, Van Velthooven, Mulder, Malaysia's Awang Azizulhasni, Shane Perkins (Australia) and Teun Mulder (Netherlands), Hoy slotted in the middle of the line-up behind the derny as the others fought for the protected spot in front in the six-lap race.

Levy and Perkins ganged up on Awang, with the German taking the derny, pushing Awang toward the back, but that didn't stop the scrappy Malaysian. Just as the derny prepared to pull off, he made his jump to the front, his early acceleration matched by Hoy.

Heading into two laps to go, Hoy made his move going around Awang on the outside and hitting the front. He maintained his violent pace, daring the others to hit the wind. They never did. Levy finally made his move on the outside in the final two bends, but Hoy had the shortest route in the sprinter's lane and the German never made it to the front.

Hoy re-accelerated as Levy fought off the push from Mulder in the middle, but it was van Velthooven who slipped up through the center to bring the silver medal to a three-way photo finish.

The German got the silver by a slim margin to bring his country's haul to five, three of which were silver. He was satisfied that he had done everything he could in pursuit of gold. "I couldn't have done anything else, I was the only one who really attacked, so I have no regrets. He was just the fastest rider and the finish is on the finish line.

"In Beijing I was fourth in the (individual) sprint, today I came back to win a medal, so I'm very happy."

The bronze medal battle went down to a photo finish between Van Velthooven and Mulder, and after much examination it was decided the race was a dead heat. Both riders were given bronze medals.

"Just a huge thanks to everyone, my coach, my teammates, people that have believed in me. I got a big medal around my neck to show them the hard work paid off. I can't wait for the next Games to come. For a sprinter, even to be here is a huge thing for New Zealand," said van Velthooven.

Mulder was initially shown in fourth place, but after waiting around nervously, he saw they had called the tie. "I couldn't see whether I was third or fourth. Well, I had a good feeling but you have to wait and see. Then they showed Simon as third and me as fourth - at that moment I just collapsed."

The judges' decision turned his day around, however, bringing a dream come true for Mulder and the only track cycling medal for the Netherlands.

"I dreamt of this, an Olympic medal, maybe my last Games. A couple of weeks ago I had this vision of taking bronze here. Fantastic."

Women's Sprint

Anna Meares gave the Australians their first cycling gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating defending Olympic individual sprint champion and home hero Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) in two races. Bronze medalist from Beijing Guo Shuang repeated her performance, winning over German Kristina Vogel in two races as well.

"I have to say this one is pretty sweet," Meares said of her second career gold medal which followed her early success in 2004 in the 500 meter time trial. "When I won gold in Athens as a young 20 year old, I was very inexperienced, and very much not expected to have that level of success. The expectation was different this time around.

"This is what I've targeted, after bronze (in the individual sprint) in Athens and silver in Beijing, I wanted to take one step higher. The challenge was a big one, and I didn't know if I would be capable of doing it."

In the controversy of the night, Meares was awarded the first race after a closely fought match in which Pendleton came out of the sprinter's lane, bumping elbows with Meares out of turn four. Minutes later, the news came through that Pendleton was relegated, but Meares had already gained confidence from how close she had come to beating her outright.

"It was so close, I thought that I had it. Then when I saw Victoria being given the number one position, I asked my coach Gary whether there would be a relegation, he said 'don't care, look towards the next race'.

"When the relegation came through, I said 'I could do this'. I got a lot of confidence out of that race and I think it showed in the second one."

Meares was clearly better in the second race, pushing Pendleton to a tactical disadvantage by pinning her high on the track and stripping her of the long sprint which is her strongest suit,

"I knew I was going to try that at the race," Meares said of the tactic. "Especially since Vicky is a phenomenal athlete from second position, she has fantastic top end speed. I knew when I drew number two first, it was my chance to get one notch up and the psychological advantage going into second round. I knew I would force her to the front again, and perhaps make her question her ability to hold me off at the end.

"That was my whole game plan, the whole way, from weeks ago."

Pendleton had already suffered punishment at the hands of the commissaires in the team sprint, with a hasty exchange denying her and Jess Varnish a chance at medals, but the sprint was her another chance to add another gold to her keirin win.

She admitted that her second relegation was a mental blow. "I was really annoyed because I was sure that she touched me and it caused me to move up. I cannot believe twice in one competition that I have been relegated, disqualified, it's unheard of. It's a bit of surprise. It did knock my confidence a bit, I have to say. I really tried in that last ride."

In the second round, Meares dictated the race, keeping it slow and going up to the very top of the track high above turn four, bringing the pair to a near track stand. Of course the rules specify riders must continue at a walking pace, but the maneuver made Pendleton react, she dove down the banking heading into two to go, and had no choice but to try to leave Meares behind.

But it only took a moment's hesitation in Pendleton's speed, and Meares was on her, lurking as the British rider re-accelerated to the bell. Meares timed her jump perfectly into turn three, coming out of the last turn with a wheel's lead. The wind went out of Pendleton's sails, and Meares was able to pump her fist in victory as the crowds gave polite applause.

Pendleton, who is looking forward to hanging up her racing wheels now, was happy that her final race was a good one. "I am glad it got to that stage because I believe she's the best rider on the field. Anna and myself in the final, we have met many a time. I wish her all the best. I am glad to say that this is the last time I have to go through this."

For Guo, the race was a relief after her team's own relegation in the team sprint, when they went from gold to silver. "From day one after losing the gold on Thursday, I quickly adjusted myself," Guo said. "These few days have been difficult for me but I tried not to think too much about it. I felt sad when I saw peoples' encouraging messages after I lost the gold on the first day but I didn't want this feeling to affect me for the other events."

She quickly dispatched Vogel in two convincing rounds, but the German was pleased to get this far at her young age. "I'm further than I thought. When the frustration is over I'll be able to think: 'It's my first Olympic Games, I'm 21 years old and I go home with a gold medal and a fourth place. Is that nice or what?'"

Men's Keirin

Men's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Great Britain)0:00:10.177
2Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)
3Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain)
4Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad And Tobago)
5Sergey Borisov (Russia)
6Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)

Men's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)0:00:10.244
2Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
3Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)
4Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
5Shane Perkins (Australia)
6Miao Zhang (People's Republic Of China)

Men's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mickael Bourgain (France)0:00:10.486
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
3Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata (Colombia)
4Joseph Veloce (Canada)
5Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)
6Christos Volikakis (Greece)

Men's Keirin Repechage - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christos Volikakis (Greece)0:00:11.008
2Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain)
3Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad And Tobago)
4Joseph Veloce (Canada)
5Sergey Borisov (Russia)
6Miao Zhang (People's Republic Of China)

Men's Keirin Repechage - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)0:00:10.603
2Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)
3Shane Perkins (Australia)
4Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)
5Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata (Colombia)
6Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)

Men's Keirin - Second Round: Heat 1
1Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
3Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
4Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
5Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain)
6Christos Volikakis (Greece)

Men's Keirin - Second Round: Heat 2
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)
2Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)
3Shane Perkins (Australia)
4Mickael Bourgain (France)
5Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)
6Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)

Men's Keirin Finals - 7th-12th place
7Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
8Mickael Bourgain (France)
9Christos Volikakis (Greece)
10Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain)
11Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)
12Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)

Men's Keirin Finals - 1st-6th place
1Chris Hoy (Great Britain)
2Maximilian Levy (Germany)
3Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)
3Teun Mulder (Netherlands)
5Shane Perkins (Australia)
6Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Women's Omnium

Women's Omnium - 3km Individual Pursuit
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Hammer (Usa)0:03:29.554
2Laura Trott (Great Britain)0:03:30.547
3Tara Whitten (Canada)0:03:31.114
4Annette Edmondson (Australia)0:03:35.958
5Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)0:03:38.301
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)0:03:39.741
7Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)0:03:40.349
8Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)0:03:41.495
9Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)0:03:41.897
10Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)0:03:42.301
11Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)0:03:44.971
12Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)0:03:45.083
13Li Huang (China)0:03:45.610
14Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:03:46.317
15Minhye Lee (Republic of Korea)0:03:46.871
16Mei Yu Hsiao (Taipei)0:03:49.051
17Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)0:03:54.926
18Clara Sanchez (France)0:03:56.800

Women's Omnium: Standings after four rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Hammer (USA)13pts
2Laura Trott (Great Britain)14
3Tara Whitten (Canada)21
4Annette Edmondson (Australia)21
5Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)28
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)31
7Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)34
8Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)35
9Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)36
10Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)38
11Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)41
12Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)45
13Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)47
14Clara Sanchez (France)51
15Li Huang (China)53
16Minhye Lee (Republic of Korea)54
17Mei Yu Hsiao (Taipei)61
18Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)61

Women's Omnium - 10km Scratch Race
1Annette Edmondson (Australia)
2Sarah Hammer (United States of America)
3Laura Trott (Great Britain)
4Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
5Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)
6Tara Whitten (Canada)
7Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
8Huang Li (People's Republic of China)
9Lee Minhye (Republic of Korea)
10Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)
11Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)
12Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)
13Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)
14Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)
15Hsiao Mei Yu (Taipei)
16Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)
17Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)
18Clara Sanchez (France)

Women's Omnium - Standings after five rounds
1Sarah Hammer (United States of America)15pts
2Laura Trott (Great Britain)17
3Annette Edmondson (Australia)22
4Tara Whitten (Canada)27
5Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)33
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)35
7Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)45
8Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)46
9Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)48
10Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)49
11Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)52
12Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)58
13Huang Li (People's Republic of China)61
14Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)61
15Lee Minhye (Republic of Korea)63
16Clara Sanchez (France)69
17Hsiao Mei Yu (Taipei)76
18Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)78

Women's Omnium - 500 Time Trial
1Laura Trott (Great Britain)0:00:35.110
2Annette Edmondson (Australia)0:00:35.140
3Clara Sanchez (France)0:00:35.451
4Sarah Hammer (United States of America)0:00:35.900
5Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)0:00:35.912
6Huang Li (People's Republic of China)0:00:36.315
7Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)0:00:36.360
8Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:00:36.393
9Hsiao Mei Yu (Taipei)0:00:36.482
10Tara Whitten (Canada)0:00:36.509
11Lee Minhye (Republic of Korea)0:00:36.547
12Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)0:00:36.585
13Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)0:00:36.748
14Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)0:00:36.790
15Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)0:00:37.152
16Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)0:00:37.308
17Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)0:00:37.578
18Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)0:00:37.937

Women's Omnium - Final overall standings
1Laura Trott (Great Britain)18pts
2Sarah Hammer (United States of America)19
3Annette Edmondson (Australia)24
4Tara Whitten (Canada)37
5Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)45
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)50
7Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)55
8Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)57
9Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)59
10Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)61
11Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)63
12Huang Li (People's Republic of China)67
13Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)69
14Clara Sanchez (France)72
15Lee Minhye (Republic of Korea)74
16Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia)76
17Hsiao Mei Yu (Taipei)85
18Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)95

Women's Sprint

Women's Sprint Semi-final - Heat 1: Race 1
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.481
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Women's Sprint Semi-final - Heat 1: Race 2
1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.538
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Women's Sprint Semi-final - Heat 2: Race 1
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.683
2Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Women's Sprint Semi-final - Heat 2: Race 2
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.284
2Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)

Women's Sprint - Gold Medal Round: Race 1
1Anna Meares (Australia)
2Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)REL

Women's Sprint - Gold Medal Round: Race 2
1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.348
2Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)

Women's Sprint - Bronze Medal Round: Race 1
3Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.532
4Kristina Vogel (Germany)

Women's Sprint - Bronze Medal Round: Race 2
3Guo Shuang (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.591
4Kristina Vogel (Germany)

 

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