The women’s four-wheel drive track ensures Germany’s first Olympic victory at the Izu Velodrome. Another world record falls.
Lisa Brenauer had already set one foot on the podium when the auditorium’s spokesperson at the Izu Velodrome had not even invited the world record holders. After their triumphant journey to Olympic gold, the German quartet didn’t want to lose any time in the coronation.
Brennor said of her “early start” at the awards ceremony, which was a first over time with a bike track – the German national anthem rang out at competitions in Japan.
Brennauer, Franziska Brauße, Lisa Klein and Mieke Kröger achieved historic success in the team’s pursuit. It was the first victory for a German quad in the supreme discipline of track cycling, and in an incomparable way.
German women set at least three world records in 25 hours on a high-speed line on a Siberian spruce. One in the playoffs on Monday, one in advance on Tuesday and then less than two hours later in the final. The clock in the Gold Race stopped after 4:04,422 minutes. Great Britain, Olympic champions in Rio, had no chance by 6.365 seconds.
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“After qualifying we were amazed that no team came close to our age,” said Prause. “We really wanted that gold, and that’s why we got faster and faster.” ZDF– Release the microphone.
After the four German riders fell into each other’s arms, Brennor raised her bike before continuing to say “Yes, yes.” “I am positively surprised that it has exploded in this way now,” national team coach Andre Korff said.
After years of falling behind in the women’s endurance field, the chances of this reversal were very good, but the German team did not necessarily anticipate this in advance. “You’re always allowed to dream,” said Brennor, when Germany beat Great Britain’s five-year-old world record in the 4,000m by nearly three seconds the previous day. By that time, at the latest, faith in gold had matured. In the end, the four women undermined the old record by nearly six seconds (!).
“Oh my gosh, anytime. I would have never thought the girls would have gotten that—maybe not a few months ago,” said two-time Olympic champion Christina Vogel in her role as ZDF expert.
In the team quest, in which only women have been able to win Olympic medals in London since 2012, a German women’s team has been unable to win a precious metal. In the field of women’s endurance, the German Cyclists’ Association (BDR) has been waiting for the precious Olympic metal for 29 years.
Now the German team has broken the disappointing record at the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the second day of the competition – and that should be celebrated. “We just heard we’re going to Olympic Village now,” Krueger said. “I think we’ll let them come to us and take everything with us. So far we’ve only been Olympic champions once, who knows how many times we can still manage?”
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