UCI officials correct distance

By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2003

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Olympic and world champion Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel established a new world women’s hour record at the Olympic velodrome in Mexico City on Wednesday, covering 46.065km in an hour, surpassing the earlier record of 45.094km set by Jeannie Longo on the same track in December of 2000.

Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, originally credited Zijlaard-Van Moorsel with a distance of 46.397km but officials later said that there had been a measurement error.

The 33-year-old Dutchwoman, who is fresh from defending her individual pursuit title at the world track championships in Stuttgart in August, made the attempt on the 333.33-meter track at Mexico’s Olympic Center at altitude and cool temperatures.

Celebrating the new mark
Celebrating the new mark

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Zijlaard-Van Moorsel had tried to beat Longo’s record in September of last year at the reputedly-fast track in Manchester, England but failed in her attempt with a distance of 43.475km.

The Dutchwoman is one of the most successful female riders, having won the women’s Tour de France in 1992 and collected three Olympic titles, in the pursuit, the road race and the time trial.

Longo, who established the previous record when she was 42, boasts 13 world titles and 30 medals from world championships and the Olympic Games. Longo has also established new hour record marks six times since first doing so in September of 1986.
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VeloNews FactFile:
Name: Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Nationality: Dutch
Born: March 22, 1970 – Boekel, the Netherlands
Height: 1.68m
Weight: 68kg

Career highlights
Olympic Games
2000 Sydney: 1st pursuit, road race and time-trial (2000)
World Championships
Pursuit: 1st – 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003; 2nd – 1998
Road race: 1st – 1991, 1993; 2nd – 1998
Time-trial: 1st – 1998, 1999
50km team time-trial: 1st with Netherlands 1990

World records
Three kilometers: 3:30.816sec (September 17, 2000 in Sydney).
Hour: 46.065km (October 1, 2003 in Mexico City)History of the women’s hour record
38.473km: Tamara Novikova (URS), July 7, 1955 at Irkoutsk
38.569km: Renee Vissac (F), September 18, 1957 at Milan
39.718km: Mildred Robinson (GB), September 25, 1958 at Milan
41.347km: Elsy Jacobs (Lux), September 11, 1958 at Milan
41.471km: Maria Cressari (I), November 25, 1972 at Mexico
43.082km: Cornelia Van Oosten (Nl), September 16, 1978 at Munich
44.770km: Jeannie Longo (F), September 20, 1986 at Colorado Springs
44.933km: Jeannie Longo (F), September 23, 1987 at Colorado Springs
46.352km: Jeannie Longo (F), October 1, 1989 at Mexico City
47.112km: Catherine Marsal (F), April 29, 1995 at Bordeaux
47.411km: Yvonne McGregor (GB), June 17, 1995 at Manchester
48.159km: Jeannie Longo (F), October 26, 1996 at Mexico City
(New guidelines now require “standard,” non-aero’ bicycle used in hour record attempts)
43.500km: Anna Wilson (AUS), October 18, 2000 at Melbourne
44.767km: Jeannie Longo (F), November 5, 2000 at Mexico City
45.094km: Jeannie Longo (F), December 12, 2000 at Mexico City
46.065km: Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel (Nl), October 1, 2003 at Mexico City

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