Heading into the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Team Canada is a definite medal contender in the women’s cycling team pursuit.
Canada will be represented by Tara Whitten of Toronto, Ontario, Gillian Carleton of Victoria, British Columbia and Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, British Columbia. The three finished in third place at the 2012 World Cycling Championships in Melbourne.
Team Canada placed behind co-Olympic favourites Australia and Great Britain. For Canada to reach the podium, they will have to cycle faster than New Zealand and the United States.
According to Canadian Cyclist News, women’s team pursuit, like omnium will be making its Olympic debut at the 2012 Games.
Cyclists first begin racing in a qualification round (9:56 a.m. on August 3, CTV).
According to the London Olympic Organizing Committee, the fastest qualifying team then faces the fourth fastest, with the second facing the third, the fifth facing the eighth and the sixth facing the seventh.
The winners of 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 race for a Gold medal, while the remaining fastest two teams from round one battling for a Bronze medal. The medal round takes place August 4 at 9:10 a.m. on Sportsnet.
In women’s team pursuit each team has three cyclists and travel three kilometres. The time recorded is when the last cyclist on a particular team crosses the finish line.