A silver lining for cycling duo

The 2012 track cycling world titles (Melbourne) women’s team sprint gold was won by Germany’s Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel who defeated Australia’s three time and defending world champions Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch(Gymea Bay). Both teams set a blistering pace.
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The German duo had qualified fastest over the two laps (500m) in 32.630, clipping a little over a tenth of a second off the world record set by Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish in London in February. The Australian pair also lowered that mark with the second fastest qualifying time of 32.752.

But the ink in the record books had no time to dry as both teams upped their pace in the final where the German duo shaved almost a tenth of a second off the record to win gold in 32.549. Meares and McCulloch came agonisingly close to a fourth straight title with their time of 32.597 but had to settle for silver. In the bronze medal ride China’s Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo defeated Pendleton and Varnish.

“That’s just bike racing for you,” said McCulloch. “We lost probably by a tyre (width) tonight, but that’s racing. I’m so happy to come here and ride under the current world record, but to come second to the Germans in a world record, we can’t ask for anything more.

“It’s nice to come here after the London World Cup where we didn’t have anybody on our side,” said McCulloch of racing in front of a home crowd. “Tonight I got that extra, just from the crowd and all my families in the back straight, and down in the home straight. And what a fantastic opportunity for us, I’m just so grateful.”

“We rode outside of our skins tonight and we performed as a team and really got beaten by the better team tonight and we’re really proud of the Germans girls,” said Meares. “They have been working very hard and you can see their progression over the years as well, which is good to see.”

“We got beaten by a better team, by the Germans who surprised us a little tonight, but I’m just super proud of the girls,” said West. “The same challenge went out to them, to be the best they could be and ride faster than they ever had. On both occasions they rode faster and on both occasions they would have broken the previous world record but each time they were nailed by a better outfit on the night.”

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