Congratulations to the US women’s pursuit cycling team for winning an Olympic silver medal at the London Velodome on Saturday.
They lost by 5 seconds in the two-team finals to an incredibly fast British team that set another world record in the 3 kilometer event. Canada won the bronze.
Riding for the US in the finals were Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.), Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif.) and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, NC). Kirkland, Washington’s Jennie Reed sat out the final so a fresher pair of legs (Tamayo) could go against Great Britain.
All four women received silver medals.
The medal is a great accomplishment for US cycling, which left Beijing empty-handed in track cycling events in 2008.
British track cyclists Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell rode the final in front of a hometown crowd that included Paul McCartney and Mark Cavendish. It was Great Britain’s fourth gold medal in track cycling in this year’s Olympics.
Tara Whitten, Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glaesser comprised the Canadian team in the final.
Meanwhile, California firefighter Jimmy Watkins advanced on Saturday to Sunday’s quarterfinals in the men’s sprint in track cycling. CyclingNews reports that’s the furthest a US cyclist has gone in the event since Marty Nothestein won the gold medal in 2008.
More track cycling news and results at the Summer Olympics site.
Photo from official Olympic track cycling website.