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2011 Pan-Am Games Track Day 4 Report, Results – Roorda Wins Omnium Pursuit and Sets Pan-Am Record UPDATED

report by the CCA
October 20, 2011 (Guadalajara, Mexico) – In a track cycling discipline that is dominated by Canadian rider Tara Whitten (Edmonton, AB), Canadian teammate Stephanie Roorda (Vancouver, BC) proved over the last two days that Canada has depth and strength in track Cycling, narrowly missing the podium to take the fourth place of the Women’s Omnium at the 2011 Pan-American games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Racing the new Olympic discipline of Omnium, Roorda had the very difficult task to race for Canada in an event that Whitten won back-to-back World Championship titles and World Cup titles. Despite the challenge, Roorda proved that she can ride amongst the best of the American continents.

“If I were to do the Omnium on a more full-time basis and make it a focus, the results would certainly have been better. The Omnium is not what I have been focusing on, clearly. I raced the Omnium at Canadian championships, and that’s about all I have done in the last year. It’s a different beat, entirely,” said Roorda.

“I think I am more proud of the individual pursuit. I went almost ten seconds faster that I had ever gone before and broke the Pan-American Games record. Through the competition, I realized I had a shot at the podium, and that’s what I went for. Unfortunately, it was fourth today. Both the record and the medal would have been ideal. Nothing beats a medal.”

On the first day of competition, and the day after her gold-medal performance in the women’s team pursuit, Roorda placed second in the Flying Lap race, and then raced to a seventh and sixth position in the Points and Elimination races to take the fifth provisional rank midway through the discipline.

On Thursday, Roorda opened up the day with a brilliant win in the individual pursuit with a time of 3:37.544, beating the previous Pan-American record set at 3:40.827 by American rider Mirella Erin at the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The record-breaking performance jumped Roorda to the third place of the standings .

Later in the day, Roorda crossed the line in seventh place during the scratch race to sit in fourth place, tied with Cuban Marlies Mejias with 22 points before the final race of the gruelling six-race event, the 500m time trials.

Prior to the race, the medal standing was still undetermined. With a medal on the line, Roorda raced to a personal-best time of 37.189, placing fifth. Unfortunately for Roorda, her Cuban rival won the race to secure the bronze medal.

The Track cycling events are now over in Mexico, and the focus turns to BMX with the presentation of the one-day qualifiers and finals tomorrow, Friday. Jim Brown, 2010 Canadian Champion, is going to represent Canada in the event.


Women’s Omnium

Individual Pursuit 3,000m

1. Stephanie Roorda (Canada)    3:37.544 Pan Am Games Record
2. Marlies Mejias (Cuba)    3:38.126
3. Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)    3:39.467
4. Sofia Arreola (Mexico)    3:41.612
5. Lorena Maria Vargas (Colombia)    3:47.282
6. Paola Andrea Muñoz (Chile)    3:49.970
7. Janildes Silva (Brazil)    3:50.184
8. Marcela Rubiano (Costa Rica)    3:54.442
9. Talia Aguirre (Argentina)    4:00.411
10. Maria Fernanda Bone (Ecuador)    4:01.063

1. Sofia Arreola (Mexico)
2. Talia Aguirre (Argentina)
3. Paola Andrea Muñoz (Chile)
4. Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)
5. Lorena Maria Vargas (Colombia)
6. Marlies Mejias (Cuba)
7. Stephanie Roorda (Canada)    
8. Marcela Rubiano (Costa Rica)
9. Maria Fernanda Bone (Ecuador)
10. Janildes Silva (Brazil)

500m TT

1. Marlies Mejias (Cuba)    35.211
2. Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela) 35.984
6. Paola Andrea Muñoz (Chile)    36.901
4. Sofia Arreola (Mexico) 37.143
5. Stephanie Roorda (Canada)    37.180
6. Lorena Maria Vargas (Colombia)     37.888
7. Talia Aguirre (Argentina)    38.198
8. Maria Fernanda Bone (Ecuador)    38.937
9. Janildes Silva (Brazil)    39.808
10. Marcela Rubiano (Costa Rica)    40.294

Final Standings
1. Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)    14
2. Sofia Arreola (Mexico)    17
3. Marlies Mejias (Cuba)    24
4. Stephanie Roorda (Canada)    28
5. Lorena Maria Vargas (Colombia)    28
6. Paola Andrea Muñoz (Chile)    29
7. Janildes Silva (Brazil)    49
8. Maria Fernanda Bone (Ecuador)    49
9. Talia Aguirre (Argentina)    51
10. Marcela Rubiano (Costa Rica)    51

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Forrest Grump, ON, Canada says:

    Great ride for Steph but 15 seconds off the pace for a Pan Am record.

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