Guo Shuang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Guo.
Guo Shuang
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Personal information
Full name Guo Shuang
Born (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 28)
Tongliao, Inner Mongolia, China
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)[1]
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprint
Major wins
Arc en ciel.svg World keirin champion (2009)
Infobox last updated on
21 February 2013

Guo Shuang (郭爽) (born February 26, 1986) is a Chinese professional track cyclist. She won two bronze medals at the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, in Sprint and Keirin, and two silver medals at the 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, again in Sprint and Keirin.

Guo had an eventful semi-final in the sprint at the 2008 Summer Olympics, having won the first heat and conceded the second to her opponent Anna Meares, the third heat saw Guo come down the banking too steeply and her front wheel slipped from beneath her. The heat was re-run and although Guo won by a few millimetres, she was relegated for coming down the tack and pushing Meares onto the côte d'azure on the final lap. This put Meares through to the final ride-off for gold. Guo went on to win the final ride-off for the bronze against Willy Kanis.

Guo competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She and Gong Jinjie set a world record of 32.447 seconds in the qualification round of the team sprint event, which they then improved upon with 32.422 in the next round.[2] They went on to finish first in the final against the German team, but were disqualified for an early relay, and were relegated to the silver medal instead.[3] Guo and Gong's coach Daniel Morelon maintains that the pair were "robbed" of the gold medal, and described it as an "injustice". He complained that the judges refused to provide a "video footage of the race on slow motion", and only provided a "vague explanation" for the infringement they had allegedly committed.[4] However, the British cycling champions Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish, who were also disqualified for a similar reason earlier on in the competition, accepted the judges decision and chose not to claim that they were unfairly robbed of a medal.[5] Pendleton recovered and went on to win a gold medal in the women's keirin event with Guo Shuang coming 2nd.[6]

Palmarès[edit]

2004
2004 World Cup
1st Keirin, Moscow
1st Keirin, Sydney
2005
2004–2005 World Cup
2nd Sprint, Sydney
2nd Keirin, Sydney
2005–2006 World Cup
3rd Sprint, Manchester
2006
World Championships, Bordeaux
3rd Sprint
3rd Keirin
2005–2006 World Cup
3rd Sprint, Los Angeles
2nd 500 m, Los Angeles
2nd Keirin, Los Angeles
2006–2007 World Cup
1st Keirin, Sydney
Asian Games
1st 500 m
1st Sprint
2007
World Championships, Palma de Mallorca
2nd Sprint
2nd Keirin
2006–2007 World Cup
3rd 500 m, Los Angeles
1st Keirin, Los Angeles
2nd Sprint, Manchester
3rd Keirin, Manchester
2007–2008 World Cup
3rd Team Sprint, Beijing
2008
2007–2008 World Cup
3rd Sprint, Copenhagen
3rd Sprint, 2008 Summer Olympics
2009
World Championships, Pruszków
1st Keirin
2008–2009 World Cup
2nd Keirin, Round 4, Beijing
3rd Keirin, Round 5, Beijing
3rd Team sprint, Round 5, Beijing
2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
2nd Keirin, Round 1, Manchester
2nd Sprint, Round 1, Manchester
2nd Keirin, Round 2, Melbourne
2nd Sprint, Round 2, Melbourne
2012
Olympic Games, London
2nd Team sprint (with Gong Jinjie)
3rd Individual Sprint
2nd Keirin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – GUO Shuang". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Cycling – China set world record, Britain out". Reuters. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chinese women’s sprint cycling team disqualified for lane change; Germany wins Olympic gold". Washington Post. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chinese cycling coach says women's sprint team 'robbed' of gold". CBC. August 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Victoria Pendleton & Jess Varnish relegated from team sprint". BBC News. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Victoria Pendleton wins gold in the women's keirin at London 2012 Olympics. www.telegraph.co.uk. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.

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