Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's individual pursuit

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Women's individual pursuit
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
1st, gold medalist(s) Sarah Ulmer  New Zealand
2nd, silver medalist(s) Katie Mactier  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel  Netherlands
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The women's Individual Pursuit at the 2004 Summer Olympics (Cycling) was an event that consisted of matches between two cyclists. The riders would start at opposite ends of the track. They had 12 laps (3 kilometres) in which to catch the other cyclist. If neither was caught before one had gone 12 laps, the times for the distance were used to determine the victor. In the twelve matches of the 2004 event, one cyclist was lapped.


World Record Sarah Ulmer (NZL) Auckland, New Zealand 3:30.604 May 27, 2004
Olympic Record Leontien Zijlaard (NED) Sydney, Australia 3:30.816 September 17, 2000

Ulmer held the world record coming into this event, which she set at the world championships in Melbourne in May 2004. She reduced the world record by more than 6 seconds during this event. All three of the medallists in Athens beat the previous world record.

WR denotes world record
Q denotes qualification for next round

Qualifying round[edit]

The riders raced against each other in matches of two. Qualification for the next round was not based on who won those matches, however. The cyclists with the eight fastest times advanced, regardless of whether they won or lost their match. This resulted in the first two heats not having any riders advance while the next four heats each had both winners and losers advance.

Time Place Rider Country
Heat 1
3:54.372 11th Lenka Valova Czech Republic
3:56.055 12th Evelyn Garcia El Salvador
Heat 2
3:35.430 9th María Luisa Calle Colombia
3:36.992 10th Erin Mirabella United States
Heat 3
3:31.236 Q 4th Katherine Bates Australia
3:35.069 Q 7th Emma Davies Great Britain
Time Place Rider Country
Heat 4
3:33.709 Q 5th Elena Chalykh Russia
3:34.746 Q 6th Karin Thürig Switzerland
Heat 5
3:29.945 Q 2nd Katie Mactier Australia
3:30.422 Q 3rd Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel Netherlands
Heat 6
3:26.400 WR Q 1st Sarah Ulmer New Zealand
3:35.177 Q 8th Olga Slyusareva Russia

First round[edit]

In the first round of actual match competition, cyclists were seeded into matches based on their times from the qualifying round. The fastest cyclist faced the eighth-fastest, the second-fastest faced the third, and so forth. Winners advanced to the finals while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round.

Time Place Rider Country
Heat 1
3:34.743 Q 4th Katherine Bates Australia
3:36.442 7th Elena Chalykh Russia
Heat 2
3:28.747 Q 3rd Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel Netherlands
3:34.831 5th Karin Thürig Switzerland
Heat 3
3:28.095 Q 2nd Katie Mactier Australia
Overlapped 8th Emma Davies Great Britain
Heat 4
3:27.444 Q 1st Sarah Ulmer New Zealand
3:36.263 6th Olga Slyusareva Russia


In the women's individual pursuit finals, the current world champion and world record holder, Sarah Ulmer from New Zealand, set a new world record in the final for a time of 3:24.537 for the gold medal. It is the first time New Zealand has ever won a cycling gold medal. The Australian, Katie Mactier (3:27.650), set a very fast first 1000 m of 1:10.618, with a lead of one second, but Ulmer reversed this lead in the second 1000 m, and went on to win the pursuit by 3 seconds. Netherlands rider and former world champion, Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel rode a time of 3:27.037 for the bronze defeating Australian, Katherine Bates (3:31.715)

Gold/Silver medal race
Pos Rider Country Time
1 Sarah Ulmer  New Zealand 3:24.537 WR
2 Katie Mactier  Australia 3:27.650
Bronze medal race
Pos Rider Country Time
1 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel  Netherlands 3:27.037
2 Katherine Bates  Australia 3:31.715

Final classification[edit]

Final classification[1]
Pos. Athlete NOC
1. Sarah Ulmer  New Zealand
2. Katie Mactier  Australia
3. Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel  Netherlands
4. Katherine Bates  Australia
5. Karin Theurig   Switzerland
6. Olga Slyusareva  Russia
7. Elena Chalykh  Russia
8. Emma Davies  United Kingdom
9. María Luisa Calle  Colombia
10. Erin Mirabella  United States
11. Lenka Valova  Czech Republic
12. Evelyn Garcia  El Salvador


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