By Laura Weislo, Cyclingnews.com

Sunday, August 5, 2012 10.58am

Bronze medal for Ed Clancy, plus Olympic qualifying record for Victoria Pendleton

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen put forth an impressive final night of racing to bring his country its first cycling gold medal in the inaugural edition of the men's omnium. After a gutsy effort to overcome a crash in the scratch race and chase down a breakaway of eight that had lapped the field, Hansen was able to ride the second fastest kilometer time trial to secure his overall victory by two points over Frenchman Bryan Coquard.

"It feels weird. I still cannot believe it," Hansen said afterward. "It's so unreal. It's the biggest thing that you can ever achieve for an omnium rider, so it's just a crazy feeling."

Great Britain's gold medal winning team pursuiter Ed Clancy (Great Britain) was the fastest against the clock in the final event, even touching the Olympic kilometer record with a remarkable time of 1:00.981, but it wasn't enough to make up for his relatively poor showings in the mass start events and he took the bronze.

Sitting in fifth place heading into the second half of the omnium, Hansen rode a spectacular individual pursuit to beat Clancy by a mere two-tenths of a second - a result that moved him into third overall behind Australian Glenn O'Shea and Clancy.

Great britain's ed clancy secured bronze in the men's omnium with an outstanding 1km time trial effort:

Great Britain's Ed Clancy secured a bronze medal overall

The critical race of the night proved to be the scratch race, where a dangerous group of eight riders escaped to lap the field, leaving O'Shea and Clancy behind. Hansen, ever attentive, was preparing to jump across when the breakaway was just being established, but crashed. He was allowed to restart, and then went on to solo away from the field as the breakaway was taking a lap.

That group included Coquard, Italian Elia Viviani and German Roger Kluge, and Hansen knew he could not afford to let them go and settle for ninth at best. He attacked away from the field and rode solo until he, too, gained a lap, pulling even with his foes. In the final sprint, Hansen took sixth place, good enough to take the lead heading into the final event, tied on points with Viviani and Coquard, with Kluge and Clancy three and four points in arrears.

The night came down to the race of truth: a lung-busting all-out four-lap effort against the clock that would separate the top contenders. Clancy and O'Shea were the third to last heat off, but by far the most intense race of the night.

The British rider crushed the time of all the rest, but the omnium is not about one race: it is all about consistency, and Hansen showed he can do it all. His time was good enough for second place, although he was nearly two seconds slower than Clancy.

Coquard's fourth place secured the silver, his individual pursuit his only weak point of the night.

Women's sprint qualifying

In the qualifying round of the women's sprint, home favourite Victoria Pendleton picked up where her compatriot Jason Kenny left off, coming in quickest with a new Olympic Record - 10.724 seconds for the 200m flying lap.

Victoria pendleton will be hoping to repeat her keirin success in the women's sprint : victoria pendleton will be hoping to repeat her keirin success in the women's sprint

Victoria Pendleton preparing for her sprint qualifying heat

Anna Meares (Australia) came in second with a strong ride, having to face a wall of silence rather than the thunderous roar that Pendleton enjoyed. She topped Guo Shuang, with German Kristina Vogel coming in a close fourth.

Men's sprint quarter finals

The men's sprint quarter finals were decided in two races for each heat, with home favourtie Jason Kenny (Great Britain) easily advancing over Malaysian Awang Azizulhasni. Awang pushed Kenny hard, making the second race one of the fastest match sprints in Olympic history.

German Robert Forstemann was no match for the French world champion Gregory Bauge. It appeared to take far less than the maximum effort for Bauge to send Forstemann packing, and he cruised in after two matches to advance to the semifinal.

Shane Perkins similarly dispatched American Jimmy Watkins, but the matches between Russian Denis Dmitriyev and Njisane Phillip (Trinidad & Tobago) were far closer. Phillip's tactic to push the pace from the front and force the Russian to chase worked to perfection, although his margin of victory was razor thin each time.

Results

Men's omnium - Individual pursuit

1Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)0:04:20.674 
2Edward Clancy (Great Britain)0:04:20.853 
3Glenn O'Shea (Australia)0:04:24.811 
4Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)0:04:25.477 
5Roger Kluge (Germany)0:04:25.554 
6Shane Archbold (New Zealand)0:04:26.581 
7Elia Viviani (Italy)0:04:28.499 
8Zachary Bell (Canada)0:04:29.411 
9Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)0:04:29.874 
10Gijs Van Hoecke (Belgium)0:04:29.992 
11Bobby Lea (United States of America)0:04:30.127 
12Bryan Coquard (France)0:04:30.780 
13Hosung Cho (Republic of Korea)0:04:32.382 
14Martyn Irvine (Ireland)0:04:32.948 
15Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)0:04:33.532 
16Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela)0:04:36.477 
17Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong, China)0:04:38.707 
18Luis Mansilla (Chile)0:04:53.230

Men's omnium - 15km scratch race

1Zachary Bell (Canada)
2Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)
3Bryan Coquard (France)
4Roger Kluge (Germany)
5Elia Viviani (Italy)
6Bobby Lea (United States of America)
7Hosung Cho (Republic of Korea)
8Martyn Irvine (Ireland)
9Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)
10Edward Clancy (Great Britain)
11Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)
12Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)
13Shane Archbold (New Zealand)
14Glenn O'Shea (Australia)
15Gijs Hoecke (Belgium van)
16Luis Mansilla (Chile)
17Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong, China)
18Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela)

Men's omnium - 1km time trial

1Edward Clancy (Great Britain)0:01:00.981 
2Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)0:01:02.314 
3Glenn O'Shea (Australia)0:01:02.513 
4Bryan Coquard (France)0:01:03.078 
5Roger Kluge (Germany)0:01:03.144 
6Shane Archbold (New Zealand)0:01:03.290 
7Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)0:01:03.793 
8Cho Hosung (Republic of Korea)0:01:04.150 
9Elia Viviani (Italy)0:01:04.239 
10Zachary Bell (Canada)0:01:04.328 
11Martyn Irvine (Ireland)0:01:04.558 
12Gijs van Hoecke (Belgium)0:01:04.748 
13Bobby Lea (United States of America)0:01:04.853 
14Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)0:01:05.463 
15Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong, China)0:01:06.071 
16Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela)0:01:06.773 
17Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)0:01:07.523 
18Luis Mansilla (Chile)0:01:08.517

Men's omnium - Final overall standings

1Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)27pts
2Bryan Coquard (France)29 
3Edward Clancy (Great Britain)30 
4Roger Kluge (Germany)33 
5Glenn O'Shea (Australia)34 
6Elia Viviani (Italy)34 
7Shane Archbold (New Zealand)48 
8Zachary Bell (Canada)49 
9Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)59 
10Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)60 
11Cho Hosung (Republic of Korea)60 
12Bobby Lea (United States of America)61 
13Martyn Irvine (Ireland)64 
14Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)72 
15Gijs van Hoecke (Belgium)77 
16Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong, China)89 
17Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela)96 
18Luis Mansilla (Chile)104 

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 1

1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 2

1Gregory Bauge (France)
2Robert Forstemann (Germany)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 3

1Shane Perkins (Australia)
2Jimmy Watkins (United States of America)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 4

1Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
2Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 1

1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 2

1Gregory Bauge (France)
2Robert Forstemann (Germany)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 3

1Shane Perkins (Australia)
2Jimmy Watkins (United States of America)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 4

1Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
2Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint final - Qualifying

1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:10.724
2Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:10.805
3Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.020
4Kristina Vogel (Germany)0:00:11.027
5Olga Panarina (Belarus)0:00:11.080
6Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.109
7Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)0:00:11.203
8Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.234
9Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)0:00:11.241
10Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.319
11Willy Kanis (Netherlands)0:00:11.322
12Monique Sullivan (Canada)0:00:11.347
13Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)0:00:11.376
14Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)0:00:11.405
15Virginie Cueff (France)0:00:11.439
16Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)0:00:11.569
17Kayono Maeda (Japan)0:00:11.600
18Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)0:00:11.649

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 1

1Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)0:00:11.775
2Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 2

1Anna Meares (Australia)0:00:11.800
2Kayono Maeda (Japan)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 3

1Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)0:00:11.371
2Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 4

1Kristina Vogel (Germany)0:00:11.605
2Virginie Cueff (France)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 5

1Olga Panarina (Belarus)0:00:11.608
2Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 6

1Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)0:00:11.390
2Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 7

1Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)0:00:11.300
2Monique Sullivan (Canada)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 8

1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)0:00:11.528
2Willy Kanis (Netherlands)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 9

1Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)0:00:11.808
2Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 1

1Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)0:00:11.882
2Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)
3Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 2

1Monique Sullivan (Canada)0:00:11.572
2Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)
3Kayono Maeda (Japan)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 3

1Willy Kanis (Netherlands)0:00:11.643
2Virginie Cueff (France)
3Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)

TRACK DAY 4: WOMEN: SPRINT QUALIFYING, MEN: SPRINT ROUNDS - MEN'S OMNIUM: INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT, SCRATCH RACE, KILOMETER TT (FINAL) RESULTS

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