Rio 2016: China win Gold at Women's Team Sprint
Aug 12 2016 11:31 pm CET

Rio 2016: China win Gold at Women's Team Sprint
Rio 2016: China win Gold at Women's Team Sprint

China have won the Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Silver went to Russia and Germany take home the bronze.

The Chinese showed their capacities right from the start by setting a new Olympic Record of 32.305. Russia qualified in second place, followed by Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, France, Canada and Spain. New Zealand were significantly slower than the rest and failed to qualify.

In the First Round, China easily disposed of Spain and set a new World Record (31.928) in the process. In other heats, Russia beat Canada to advance to the Gold Medal Race while Australia and Germany qualified for the Bronze Medal final at the expense of the Netherlands and France respectively.

The battle for Bronze was a close race but the Germans edged Australia by 0.022 seconds to secure the medal.

In the final, the Chinese (Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi) saw off the Russian team consisting of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova. The gap between the two formations consisted of 0.294.

In 2012, the Gold Medal went to Germany with China taking Silver ahead of Australia.
Image: Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games logo





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