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Olympics: China win women's team sprint

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hanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong of Team China en route to Olympic gold.

hanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong of Team China en route to Olympic gold. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

Tianshi Zhong (China) brought home gold ahead of the German pairing. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

Emma Hinze (Germany) had to settle for silver. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

Shanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong claimed gold for China in the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

China's Shanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong top the podium ahead of Germany's Emma Hinze and Lea Sophie Friedrich and the Team ROC duo of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

China took gold in the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

Shanne Braspennincx and Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands were beaten to bronze by the Russian Olympic Committee duo. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

China took gold ahead of Germany in the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Getty)
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Women's team sprint Tokyo Olympics

Tianshi Zhong celebrates China's gold in the women's team sprint. (Image credit: Getty)

China won the first gold medal on the track at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, beating Germany in the women’s Team Sprint final.  

The Chinese pair of Shanju Bao and Tianshi Zhong set a new world record of 31.804 in qualifying and then set a winning time of 31.895 in the ride-off for gold. German pair Emma Hinze and Sophie Friedrich were close, just 0.085 slower in a time of 31.980 to take the silver medal.   

The Russian Olympic Committee team (ROC) won the bronze medal beating the Netherlands in the ride-off, going faster in their third ride of the day after qualifying fourth. They set 32.252 with the Netherlands setting 32.504.

"It feels very good because for the last few years I've been feeling very, very bad, and I've had a lot of problems. Everything has been a problem so for me, it's amazing," Tianshi Zhong said, referring to her recent knee problems.

"The time is amazing. Going into the final we thought, 'Just do it'. Don't think, just do it. Don't think of the result." 

Women's Team Sprint qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany 0:00:32.102
Lea Sophie Friedrich
Emma Hinze
2People's Republic of China 0:00:32.135
Shanju Bao
Tianshi Zhong
3Netherlands 0:00:32.465
Laurine van Riessen
Shanne Braspennincx
4Russian Olympic 0:00:32.476
Daria Shmeleva
Anastasiia Voinova
5Mexico 0:00:33.097
Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez
Yuli Verdugo Osuna
6Poland 0:00:33.244
Marlena Karwacka
Urszula Los
7Lithuania 0:00:33.276
Migle Marozaite
Simona Krupeckaite
8Ukraine 0:00:33.542
Liubov Basova
Olena Starikova

Women's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russian Olympic 0:00:32.249
Daria Shmeleva
Anastasiia Voinova
2Mexico 0:00:32.701
Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez
Yuli Verdugo Osuna

Women's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Netherlands 0:00:32.308
Shanne Braspennincx
Laurine van Riessen
2Poland 0:00:33.022
Marlena Karwacka
Urszula Los

Women's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1People's Republic of China 0:00:31.804
Shanju Bao
Tianshi Zhong
2Lithuania 0:00:32.827
Simona Krupeckaite
Migle Marozaite

Women's Team Sprint Round 1 - Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany 0:00:31.905
Lea Sophie Friedrich
Emma Hinze
2Ukraine 0:00:33.285
Liubov Basova
Olena Starikova

Women's Team Sprint Final
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1People's Republic of China 0:00:31.895
Shanju Bao
Tianshi Zhong
2Germany 0:00:31.980
Lea Sophie Friedrich
Emma Hinze
3Russian Olympic 0:00:32.252
Daria Shmeleva
Anastasiia Voinova
4Netherlands 0:00:32.504
Shanne Braspennincx
Laurine van Riessen

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