Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's BMX

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Women's BMX
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Laoshan BMX Field
Date August 20, 2008 (seeding)
August 22, 2008 (semifinals and final)
Competitors 16 from 13 nations
Winning time 35.976
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Anne-Caroline Chausson
 France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Laëtitia Le Corguillé
 France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jill Kintner
 United States
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The women's BMX cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 20–22 at the Laoshan BMX Field, the first to be officially featured in the Olympic cycling program.

Coming out of retirement from her sporting career to try out for BMX at age thirty, France's Anne-Caroline Chausson escaped from an early race crash that left two riders off the ramp to claim the event's inaugural Olympic gold medal. She thundered home on the final stretch to a spectacular finish with a fastest time in 35.976.[1][2] Chausson also enjoyed her teammate Laëtitia Le Corguillé taking home the silver in 38.042, as she finished the race behind the leader by nearly seven hundredths of a second (0.07) and also, handed the French squad a straight 1–2 finish on the medal podium.[3] Meanwhile, United States' Jill Kintner came up with a powerful, stalwart ride to earn the bronze in 38.674, edging out New Zealand's Sarah Walker by a short sprint distance.[4][5]

Qualification[edit]

Sixteen riders representing twelve countries qualified for the event. Qualification was based on UCI ranking by nations, 2008 UCI BMX World Championships results and wild-cards reserved to a Tripartite Commission (IOC, ANOC, UCI).[6]

Competition format[edit]

Each of the 16 women competing performed two runs of the course in individual time trials to determine seeding for the knockout rounds. Then, they were grouped into 2 semifinal groups based on that seeding. Each semifinal consisted of three runs of the course, using a point-for-place system. The top four cyclists in each semifinal (for a total of 8) moved on to the final. Unlike the semifinals, the final consisted of a single race with the first to the finish line claiming the gold medal.[7]

Schedule[edit]

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)[8]

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 09:45 Seeding
Friday, 20 August 2008 09:00 Semifinals and final

Results[edit]

Seeding[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Anne-Caroline Chausson  France 36.660
2 Shanaze Reade  Great Britain 36.882
3 Laëtitia Le Corguillé  France 37.145
4 Sarah Walker  New Zealand 37.187
5 Gabriela Díaz  Argentina 37.590
6 Nicole Callisto  Australia 37.717
7 Jill Kintner  United States 37.913
8 Jana Horáková  Czech Republic 38.077
9 Jenny Fähndrich  Switzerland 38.209
10 Tanya Bailey  Australia 38.285
11 Lieke Klaus  Netherlands 38.709
12 Amanda Sørensen  Denmark 38.719
13 Samantha Cools  Canada 39.137
14 María Belén Dutto  Argentina 40.193
15 Anikó Hódi  Hungary 41.772
16 Ma Liyun  China 42.015

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Anne-Caroline Chausson  France 36.931 (1) 37.028 (1) 36.747 (2) 4 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Sarah Walker  New Zealand 37.499 (2) 39.038 (3) 36.731 (1) 6 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Gabriela Díaz  Argentina 37.605 (3) 38.235 (2) DNF (8) 13 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Samantha Cools  Canada 39.765 (6) 39.457 (5) 38.690 (3) 14 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Jana Horáková  Czech Republic 39.107 (5) 39.457 (4) 1:32.284 (7) 16
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Jenny Fähndrich  Switzerland 38.658 (4) 45.912 (7) 52.687 (6) 17
7 {{flagIOCathlete|Ma Liyun  China 41.789 (7) 41.497 (6) 41.839 (5) 18
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Amanda Sørensen  Denmark DNF (8) 47.469 (8) 39.474 (4) 20

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Country 1st run 2nd run 3rd run Total Notes
1 {{flagIOCathlete|Laëtitia Le Corguillé  France 37.917 (1) 37.130 (1) 37.076 (2) 4 Q
2 {{flagIOCathlete|Jill Kintner  United States 38.950 (3) 39.700 (3) 38.235 (3) 9 Q
3 {{flagIOCathlete|Shanaze Reade  Great Britain 2:17.714 (7) 39.218 (2) 36.699 (1) 10 Q
4 {{flagIOCathlete|Nicole Callisto  Australia 38.244 (2) 47.311 (6) 38.435 (4) 12 Q
5 {{flagIOCathlete|Lieke Klaus  Netherlands 40.955 (4) 40.143 (4) 38.800 (5) 13
6 {{flagIOCathlete|Anikó Hódi  Hungary 44.021 (6) 41.867 (5) 40.169 (7) 18
7 {{flagIOCathlete|María Belén Dutto  Argentina 41.307 (5) 47.927 (7) 40.295 (8) 20
8 {{flagIOCathlete|Tanya Bailey  Australia DNF (8) DNF (8) 39.505 (6) 22

Final[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) {{flagIOCathlete|Anne-Caroline Chausson  France 35.976
2nd, silver medalist(s) Laëtitia Le Corguillé  France 38.042
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jill Kintner  United States 38.674
4 Sarah Walker  New Zealand 38.805
5 Gabriela Díaz  Argentina 39.747
6 Nicole Callisto  Australia 1:19.609
7 Samantha Cools  Canada DNF
8 Shanaze Reade  Great Britain DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chausson of France wins first BMX gold at Olympics". Xinhua News Agency. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomazeau, Francois (22 August 2008). "Chausson wins BMX laurels 21 years apart". Reuters. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "France takes gold and silver in women's BMX cycling". France 24. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Bishop, Greg (23 August 2008). "Ailing but Elated, U.S. Team Wins 3 Medals in Debut of BMX". New York Times. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Tim (23 August 2008). "Kintner earns BMX bronze". Seattle Times. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  6. ^ http://uci.ch/includes/asp/getTarget.asp?type=FILE&id=MzU5MTI
  7. ^ "BMX Competition Format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "BMX: Results and Schedules". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.