Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's team sprint

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Women's cycling team sprint
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Velopark
Date 2 August
Competitors 30 from 10 nations
Winning time 32.798
Medalists
Gold medal    Germany
Silver medal    China
Bronze medal    Australia
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2012 Summer Olympics
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The women's cycling team sprint at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place at the London Velopark on 2 August.[1]

Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 32.798 seconds. China won the silver medal and Australia took bronze.

Competition format[edit]

The team sprint is a two-lap race between two teams of two cyclists, starting on opposite sides of the track. Each member of the team must lead for one of the laps.

The tournament consisted of an initial qualifying round. The top eight teams advanced to the first round. The first round comprised head-to-head races based on seeding (1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, etc.). The winners of those four heats advanced to the medal round, with the two fastest winners competing in the gold medal final and the two slower winners facing off for bronze.[2]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time

Date Time Round
Thursday 2 August 2012 16:00 Qualifications and final

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Rank Heat Country Cyclists Result Notes
1 5 China Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
32.447 Q, WR
2 4 Great Britain Victoria Pendleton
Jessica Varnish
32.526 Q. ER
3 5 Germany Kristina Vogel
Miriam Welte
32.630 Q
4 4 Australia Kaarle McCulloch
Anna Meares
32.825 Q
5 3 Netherlands Yvonne Hijgenaar
Willy Kanis
33.253 Q
6 3 France Sandie Clair
Virginie Cueff
33.638 Q
7 2 Ukraine Lyubov Shulika
Olena Tsyos
33.708 Q
8 1 Venezuela Daniela Larreal
Mariaesthela Vilera
34.320 Q
9 1 South Korea Lee Eun-Ji
Lee Hye-Jin
34.636
10 2 Colombia Diana Garcia
Juliana Gaviria
34.870
  • The ride of Varnish and Pendleton for Great Britain took place prior to that of Gong and Guo of China, and broke the existing world record. It was then immediately beaten by the Chinese team's time in the next heat.

First round[edit]

Rank Heat Country Cyclists Result Notes
1 4 China Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
32.422 WR
2 2 Germany Kristina Vogel
Miriam Welte
32.701
3 1 Australia Kaarle McCulloch
Anna Meares
32.806
4 3 Ukraine Lyubov Shulika
Olena Tsyos
33.620
5 1 Netherlands Yvonne Hijgenaar
Willy Kanis
33.090
6 2 France Sandie Clair
Virginie Cueff
33.707
7 4 Venezuela Daniela Larreal
Mariaesthela Vilera
34.415
8 3 Great Britain Victoria Pendleton
Jessica Varnish
32.567 REL*
  • Great Britain won their heat with a time which would have qualified them for the gold medal match, but they were relegated for an early exchange.

Finals[edit]

Final bronze medal[edit]

Rank Country Cyclists Result Notes
3 Australia Kaarle McCulloch
Anna Meares
32.727
4 Ukraine Lyubov Shulika
Olena Tsyos
33.491

Final gold medal[edit]

Rank Country Cyclists Result Notes
1 Germany Kristina Vogel
Miriam Welte
32.798
2 China Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
32.619 REL*
  • China had the best time in the final, but were relegated for an early exchange.

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