Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's cross-country

Women's cross-country
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueLaoshan Mountain Bike Course
DatesAugust 23, 2008
Competitors30 from 21 nations
Winning time1:45:11
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sabine Spitz
 Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maja Włoszczowska
 Poland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Irina Kalentieva
 Russia
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The women's cross-country mountain biking at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the Laoshan Mountain Bike Course on August 23, 2008.

Germany's Sabine Spitz opened up a commanding, one-minute lead from the rest of the field and then stayed out in front to a spectacular finish with a gold-medal time in 1:45:11.[1][2] Trailing behind the leader by more than forty seconds, Poland's Maja Włoszczowska took home the silver in 1:45:52, while Russian rider Irina Kalentieva held off a tight battle with Canada's Catharine Pendrel down the final lap to grab the bronze in 1:46:28.[3][4] Among the 30 mountain bikers who competed in the cross-country race, only eighteen of them managed to complete the full distance.

Competition format[edit]

The competition began at 10:00 am with a mass-start in which riders are positioned according to their current world ranking so that the higher-ranked riders are near the front. The cross-country race also involved six laps, with 172 m of elevation change for each, around the 4.45 km course at Laoshan Mountain Bike Course.[5] The overall distance of the race was 26.70 km.

Schedule[edit]

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)[6]

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 August 2008 10:00 Final

Result[edit]

Rank Rider Country Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Sabine Spitz  Germany 1:45:11
2nd, silver medalist(s) Maja Włoszczowska  Poland 1:45:52
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Irina Kalentieva  Russia 1:46:28
4 Catharine Pendrel  Canada 1:46:37
5 Ren Chengyuan  China 1:47:40
6 Petra Henzi  Switzerland 1:48:41
7 Mary McConneloug  United States 1:50:34
8 Georgia Gould  United States 1:50:51
9 Rosara Joseph  New Zealand 1:51:07
10 Aleksandra Dawidowicz  Poland 1:51:21
11 Elisabeth Osl  Austria 1:51:39
12 Liu Ying  China 1:52:01
13 Lene Byberg  Norway 1:53:19
14 Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink  Netherlands 1:53:30
15 Nathalie Schneitter  Switzerland 1:53:42
16 Eva Lechner  Italy 1:58:22
17 Laurence Leboucher  France 2:00:55
18 Adelheid Morath  Germany 2:02:25
19 Jaqueline Mourão  Brazil LAP (1 lap)
20 Rie Katayama  Japan LAP (1 lap)
21 Blaža Klemenčič  Slovenia LAP (1 lap)
22 Yolande Speedy  South Africa LAP (2 laps)
23 Vera Andreeva  Russia LAP (2 laps)
24 Janka Števková  Slovakia LAP (2 laps)
25 Dellys Starr  Australia LAP (2 laps)
26 Francisca Campos  Chile LAP (2 laps)
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå  Norway DNF
Margarita Fullana  Spain DNF
Marie-Hélène Prémont  Canada DNF
Tereza Huříková  Czech Republic DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spitz Wins Germany's First Cycling Gold at Beijing Olympics". Xinhua. China Radio International. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Germany's Spitz wins women's mountain bike gold". ABC News Australia. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ Dreier, Fred (23 August 2008). "Spitz wins scorcher in Beijing". Velo News. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ Byers, Jim (23 August 2008). "Catharine Pendrel fourth in women's mountain bike, Premont pulls out". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Mountain Biking Competition Format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Mountain Biking: Results and Schedules". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.