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Olympic Women's Track Sprint Results

Track sprinting, sometimes called "match sprinting", on a velodrome can involve two to four riders racing, (at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for example) 3 laps totaling 750 meters.

The qualifying round is a timed flying 200 meter time trial. From there the riders are seeded for the next round where the fastest rider races the slowest, the second fastest against the second slowest.

The first two laps of a match sprint are usually ridden slowly, the riders even coming to a complete halt, as they jockey for position or try to catch the other stopped with his crank arms vertical, depriving him momentarily of pedaling force. Some riders prefer to come from behind, other like to take the front. When the riders do dash for the line, it is an exciting all-out race

Year/City

Gold

Silver

 Bronze

1988, Seoul Erika Salumiae
Soviet Union
Christa Rothenburger
East Germany
Connie Paraskevin
USA
1992, Barcelona Erika Salumiae
Estonia
Annett Neumann
Germany
Ingrid Haringa
Holland
1996, Atlanta Felicia Ballanger
France
Michelle Ferris
Australia
Ingrid Haringa
Holland
2000, Sidney Felicia Ballanger
France
Oxana Grichina
Russia
Iryna Yanovich
Ukraine
2004, Athens Lori-Ann Muenzer
Canada
Tamilla Abassova
Russia
Anna Meares
Australia
2008, Beijing Victoria Pendleton
Great Britain
Anna Maeres
Australia
Guo Shang
China
2012, London