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Sarah Ulmer
SARAH ELIZABETH ULMER ONZM (born 14 March 1976) is a former Olympic cyclist. She is the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling gold medal, which she won in the 3km individual pursuit at the 2004 Athens Olympics setting a world record. After the 2004 Olympics, she held the Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship Pursuit titles, and the records for those events. CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Individual pursuit races * 1.2 Other races * 1.3 Other information * 2 Palmarès * 3 Photo gallery * 4 References BIOGRAPHYUlmer was born in Auckland
Auckland
, where she studied at the Diocesan School for Girls . Her grandfather Ron Ulmer was a track cyclist for New Zealand at the 1938 British Empire Games
1938 British Empire Games
. Her father Gary was a national road and track champion
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Women's Challenge
The WOMEN\'S CHALLENGE bicycle race (originally known as the Ore-Ida Women's Challenge, after its leading sponsor of " Ore-Ida
Ore-Ida
" brand frozen potato products) was held annually in the western United States in southern Idaho
Idaho
, beginning in 1984 until its demise in 2002. Later primary sponsors were PowerBar and Hewlett-Packard . During much of its 19-year history, it was the most prestigious women's cycle race in North America
North America
. From 1995, when it first obtained sanctioning from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body for cycling, it developed into one of the strongest races in the world, attracting numerous World and Olympic Champions
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Auckland
AUCKLAND (/ˈɔːklənd/ _AWK-lənd_ ) is a city in New Zealand
New Zealand
's North Island . With an urban population of 1,495,000, Auckland
Auckland
is the most populous urban area in the country. It is located in the Auckland Region —the area governed by Auckland Council —which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf , resulting in a total population of 1,614,300. A diverse and multicultural city, Auckland
Auckland
is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. The Māori language name for Auckland
Auckland
is _Tāmaki_ or _Tāmaki-makau-rau_, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions. It has also been called _Ākarana_, the Māori pronunciation of the English name
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New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND /njuːˈziːlənd/ (_ listen ) (Māori : AOTEAROA _ ) is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean . The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (or _Te Ika-a-Māui_), and the South Island (or _Te Waipounamu_)—and around 600 smaller islands . New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia , Fiji , and Tonga . Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps , owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions
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Track Cycling
TRACK CYCLING is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially built banked tracks or velodromes (but many events are held at older velodromes where the track banking is relatively shallow) using track bicycles . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Main centres * 3 Race formats * 3.1 Sprint * 3.2 Endurance * 4 Major competitive events * 4.1 Olympic Games * 4.2 World Championships * 4.3 World Cup * 4.4 Ranking * 4.5 National series * 5 Riding position * 6 Track records * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links HISTORY An outdoor track race in Paris in 1908 featuring Marshall Taylor , the first African-American cyclist to become world champion Track cycling has been around since at least 1870. When cycling was in its infancy, wooden indoor tracks were laid which resemble those of modern velodromes, consisting of two straights and slightly banked turns
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Olympic Games
The modern OLYMPIC GAMES or OLYMPICS (French : _Jeux olympiques_ ) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions . The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years , with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart. Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games , which were held in Olympia, Greece , from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896
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2004 Summer Olympics
The 2004 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES (Modern Greek : Θερινοί Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες 2004, _Therinoí Olympiakoí Agó̱nes 2004_ ), officially known as the GAMES OF THE XXVIII OLYMPIAD and commonly known as ATHENS 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens
Athens
, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto _Welcome Home._ 10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports
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Cycling At The 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's Individual Pursuit
The WOMEN\'S INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT at the 2004 Summer Olympics (Cycling ) was an event that consisted of matches between two cyclists. The riders would start at opposite ends of the track. They had 12 laps (3 kilometres) in which to catch the other cyclist. If neither was caught before one had gone 12 laps, the times for the distance were used to determine the victor. In the twelve matches of the 2004 event, one cyclist was lapped. CONTENTS* 1 Records * 1.1 Qualifying round * 1.2 First round * 1.3 Finals * 2 Final classification * 3 References * 4 External links RECORDS World Record Sarah Ulmer (NZL) Auckland, New Zealand 3:30.604 May 27, 2004 Olympic Record Leontien Zijlaard (NED) Sydney, Australia 3:30.816 September 17, 2000Ulmer held the world record coming into this event, which she set at the world championships in Melbourne
Melbourne
in May 2004
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Commonwealth Games
The COMMONWEALTH GAMES (known as the BRITISH EMPIRE GAMES from 1930–1950, the BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES from 1954–1966, and BRITISH COMMONWEALTH GAMES from 1970–1974) is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations . The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II , has taken place every four years since then. The most recent Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow , Scotland in 2014. The games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities. A host city is selected for each edition. 18 cities in seven countries have hosted the event. Apart from many Olympic sports , the games also include some sports that are played predominantly in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls and netball
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2002 Commonwealth Games
The 2002 COMMONWEALTH GAMES, officially the XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES were held in Manchester
Manchester
, England, from 25 July to 4 August 2002. The 2002 Games were to be hosted in the United Kingdom to coincide with the Golden Jubilee
Golden Jubilee
of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
, head of the Commonwealth , and Manchester
Manchester
was selected for the 2002 Games ahead of London
London
. The XVII Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
was, prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
, the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the UK, eclipsing the London
London
1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Summer Olympics
in numbers of teams and athletes participating
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1998 Commonwealth Games
The 1998 COMMONWEALTH GAMES (Malay : Sukan Komanwel 1998), officially known as the XVI COMMONWEALTH GAMES (Malay: Sukan Komanwel ke-16), was a multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia from 11 to 21 September 1998 with 214 events in 15 sports featured in the games. The 1998 games were the first held in an Asian country and the last Commonwealth Games of the 20th century. This was also the first time the games took place in a nation with a head of state other than the Head of the Commonwealth , and the first time the games were held in a non-English speaking nation. 3638 athletes from 69 Commonwealth member nations participated at the games with 34 of them collected medals. For the first time ever, the games included team sports . The other bid from the 1998 games came from Adelaide in Australia
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1994 Commonwealth Games
The 1994 COMMONWEALTH GAMES were held in Victoria , in the province of British Columbia in Canada, from 18 to 28 August 1994. The XV Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
(French : XV Jeux du Commonwealth) marked South Africa
South Africa
's return to the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
following the apartheid era, and over 30 years since the country last competed in the Games in 1958 . It was also Hong Kong
Hong Kong
's last appearance at the games before the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China
China
. The official mascot of the Games was an anthropomorphic killer whale named "Klee Wyck". "Klee Wyck", meaning "the laughing one", was a nickname given to Canadian painter and sculptor Emily Carr
Emily Carr
by the Ucluelet First Nation
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UCI Track World Championships
The UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS are the set of world championship events for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling . They are regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale . Before 1900, they were administered by the UCI's predecessor, the International Cycling Association (ICA). Current events include: time trial , keirin , individual pursuit , team pursuit , points race , scratch race , sprint , team sprint , omnium and Madison , also known as "The American". Women's events are generally shorter than men's. Events which are no longer held include the kilometer time trial (men), the 500 meter time trial (women), motor paced events, and tandem events. World championships were first held in 1893, in Chicago
Chicago
, under the ICA. They were for amateurs. Separate professional races were held from 1895, in Cologne
Cologne

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2004 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
In sport , a CHAMPIONSHIP is a competition in which the aim is to decide which individual or team is the champion . CONTENTS* 1 Championship systems * 1.1 Title match system * 1.2 Tournament system * 1.3 League system * 1.4 Playoff system * 2 English football * 3 Usage in professional wrestling * 4 See also * 5 The Championship CHAMPIONSHIP SYSTEMSVarious forms of competition can be referred to by the term championship. TITLE MATCH SYSTEMIn this system, a competitor has to challenge the current champion to win the championship. A competitor can challenge the current champion after defeating other challengers. This form of championship is used in wrestling , boxing , mixed martial arts and other combat sports
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1999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
The 1999 UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS were the World Championship for track cycling . They took place in Berlin
Berlin
, Germany from October 20 to October 24, 1999. Twelve events were contested, eight for the men and four for the women. France
France
dominated most of the events, with Félicia Ballanger and Marion Clignet making a clean sweep of the women's championships by taking two golds each, France won over half of the gold medals on offer
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Officer Of The New Zealand Order Of Merit
The NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT is an order of chivalry in New Zealand\'s honours system . It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by