Cyclists disqualified

British team sprint girls will not take part in the medal race

Last Updated: 02/08/12 5:51pm

  • Share:
Disappointment: Victoria Pendleton is crushed after her Olympic exit

Disappointment: Victoria Pendleton is crushed after her Olympic exit

Great Britain's Jess Varnish and Victoria Pendleton have been relegated in the women's team sprint and will not contest a medal ride, officials have confirmed.

The confusing scenes due to an illegal change came after they set a team sprint world record in qualifying, only to see China better the mark moments later in the opening Olympic event at the London 2012 velodrome.

The British duo would have been vying for gold but were disqualified in the first round after the commissaires' decision,so Germany will now take

on China for gold. Australia will battle Ukraine for bronze.

Dreams end

Pendleton was set to resume competition in the keirin on Friday, but for

Varnish, who has focused on the starting lap in the event, the Games are over.

Boos replaced cheers in the velodrome as it was announced that Britain's women cycling hopefuls had been disqualified from the team sprint finals.

Hopes now rest on four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, and team-mates Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes.

First round

The eight fastest teams advanced to the first round, with Varnish and Pendleton clocking 32.526 seconds to better the time Germany set in winning Track Cycling World Championships gold in Melbourne in April.

Yet China's Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang went faster still in the fifth and final heat, clocking 32.447secs.

German duo Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte were third fastest in 32.630, with Australia's Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch fourth quickest in 32.825.

  • Share:


Olympics Today - Aug 2

Cruel rules

Following Velodrome drama, Richard Moore asks if officials are applying rules too stringently.

Gibbons always believed

Gibbons always believed

Gemma Gibbons always believed she had a medal winning performance in her as she claimed silver in the Judo.

Silver lining for slalom pair

Team GB's two-man canoe slalom silver medallists David Florence and Richard Hounslow were happy for their team mates achieving gold.

Most Popular


Jamie questions Remy move

Jamie questions Remy move

Jamie Redknapp says Loic Remy will get nowhere near the Chelsea first team with Diego Costa around.

Willian's Team Mates

Willian's Team Mates

Who's got the worst clobber at Chelsea? Who trains the hardest? The Blues winger reveals all...

Butcher's dream team

Butcher's dream team

See who made England legend Terry Butcher's #One2Eleven on The Fantasy Football Club.