Germans, Ukrainians Swap Record
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ The Germans won the gold medal Tuesday night (Tuesday morning EDT) in 4,000-meter men’s team pursuit, beating the Ukraine and breaking the world record the Ukrainians had set earlier in the semifinals.
The German team of Guido Fulst, Robert Bartko, Daniel Becke and Jens Lehmann finished in three minutes, 59.710 seconds, eclipsing the world record of 4:00.830 that the Ukrainians had set about one hour earlier.
Britain won the bronze medal race in 4:01.979.
In the sprint events, American Marty Nothstein of Trexlertown, Pa., advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals after beating Craig MacLean of Britain in two races. In quarterfinals, riders race in a best-of-3 format.
Marcelo Arrue of Woodland Hills, Calif., placed 11th after riding third in the race that determines the final placing for the tournament-style match sprint. He was eliminated from medal contention on Monday night.
Women’s sprinter Tanya Lindenmuth, also of Trexlertown, was less fortunate. She lost both of her quarterfinal rides to five-time world champion Felicia Ballanger of France.
The team pursuit offered a dramatic turn of events, after Ukrainian team members Oleksandr Fedenko, Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Matveyev and Sergiy Cheernyavskyy won their semifinal in 4:00.830.
That broke the exisiting world record of 4:01.810, set by the Germans in Monday night’s preliminaries.
The velodrome in Sydney has proven to be one of the world’s fastest venues through the first four days of the games, yielding three world and seven Olympic records.