Just two events in the morning session at the velodrome on Day 4 of the track cycling competition in the London 2012 Olympics. The Men’s Omnium 4km Pursuit set up a thrilling end to the competition and the Women’s Sprint qualification set up another chance for Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton and Australia’s Anna Meares to renew their rivalry.
Make no bones about it – this has not been a good Olympics for the Australians. At this stage they have just one Gold Medal across all Olympic disciplines and are an unprecedented 19th in the Medals table. New Zealand have three Golds.
But both this morning’s session put the Cyclones in a position to do something about that. In the Omnium 4km Pursuit Glenn O’Shea finished 3rd – behind Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen and Ed Clancy of Great Britain. But that lifted him to the top of the leaderboard – two points clear of Hansen and Clancy who are tied on 2nd. Elia Viviani of Italy is just a point further back in 4th with overnight leader Byan Coquard of France dropping to fifth, but still only 5 points away from O’Shea.
But with Clancy, O’Shea and Hansen taking the top three places in the final event – the Kilometre Time Trial – at the World Championships in Melbourne in April – and looking odds on to do the same this afternoon – the penultimate event will be absolutely key to the overall result. To deprive O’Shea of Gold, Hansen and Clancy will have to finish ahead of him. It’s going to be fast and furious and, by the end of it, the competition may, effectively, be over.
Men’s Omnium IV – 4km Individual Pursuit
1 HANSEN Lasse Norman DEN 4:20.674
2 CLANCY Edward GBR 4:20.853
3 O’SHEA Glenn AUS 4:24.811
4 ARANGO CARVAJAL Juan Esteban COL 4:25.477
5 KLUGE Roger GER 4:25.554
6 ARCHBOLD Shane NZL 4:26.581
7 VIVIANI Elia ITA 4:28.499
8 BELL Zachary CAN 4:29.411
9 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy ESP 4:29.874
10 van HOECKE Gijs BEL 4:29.992
11 LEA Bobby USA 4:30.127
12 COQUARD Bryan BEL 4:30.780
13 CHO Hosung KOR 4:32.382
14 IRVINE Martyn IRE 4:32.948
15 PEREZ Walter Fernando ARGE 4:33.532
16 LINAREZ ZAMBRANO Carlos Daniel VEN 4:36.477
17 CHOI Ki Ho HKG 4:38.707
18 MANSILLA Luis CHI 4:53.230
Men’s Omnium Standings After 4 Events
1 O’SHEA Glenn AUS 17
2 CLANCY Edward GBR 19
3 HANSEN Lasse Norman DEN 19
4 VIVIANI Elia ITA 20
5 COQUARD Bryan FRA 22
6 KLUGE Roger GER 24
7 ARCHBOLD Shane NZL 29
8 BELL Zachary CAN 38
9 LEA Bobby USA 41
10 ARANGO CARVAJAL Juan Esteban COL 42
11 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy ESP 43
12 PEREZ Walter Fernando ARG 43
13 CHO Hosung KOR 44
14 IRVINE Martyn IRE 44
15 van HOECKE Gijs BEL 50
16 CHOI Ki Ho HKG 57
17 LINAREZ ZAMBRANO Carlos Daniel VEN 62
18 MANSILLA Luis CHI 70
In the Women’s Sprint qualifying there were no real surprises, with Shuang Guo of China, Anna Meares of Australia and Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain – who were all on fine form in the Team Sprint and the Keirin – topping the leaderboard.
The order was harder to predict – with Pendelton and Guo flying and Meares just slightly off their pace until this morning. Guo just failed to go under 11 seconds but Meares did – just a whisker outside the World Record time she set in Melbourne in April at 10.805.
Pendleton, though, was inside that time – setting a new Olympic Record of 10.724, the fastest time ever seen at sea level (the outright record is with Miriam Welte of Germany who set a phenomenal mark of 10.643 last month at altitude in Colorado).
The draw should keep Pendleton and Meares apart until the Final – assuming nobody else can beat them on the way.
Women’s Sprint 200m Qualifying
1 PENDLETON Victoria GBR 10.724 OR
2 MEARES Anna AUS 10.805
3 GUO Shuang CHN 11.020
4 VOGEL Kristina GER 11.027
5 PANARINA Olga BLR 11.080
6 GUERRA RODRIGUEZ Lisandra CUB 11.109
7 LEE Wai Sze HKG 11.203
8 KRUPECKAITE Simona LTU 11.234
9 HANSEN Natasha NZL 11.241
10 SHULIKA Lyubov UKR 11.319
11 KANIS Willy NED 11.322
12 SULLIVAN Monique CAN 11.347
13 GAVIRIA RENDON Juliana COL 11.376
14 LEE Hyejin KOR 11.405
15 CUEFF Virginie FRA 11.439
16 LARREAL Daniela Grelui VEN 11.569
17 MAEDA Kayono JPN 11.600
18 GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS 11.649