Britain has a new hero today. Jason Queally has won the Mens 1km Time Trial in a dazzling performance winning the UKs first gold medal in the Olympic.
Faced with stiff competition, Jason dug deep and put in the performance of his life to beat the World Champion and pre-race favourite Shane Kelly from Austrailia, who only placed 3rd in the end. We saw a seriously loose chain on Kellys bike as he was accellerating out of the start gate – perhaps that was his problem, but let’s not for one moment take anything away from Jason’s performance.
It’s testament to the superb training programme that he’s been under at BCF HQ, at Manchesters Velodrome over the past year, funded by the World Class Performance Plan, itself funded by National Lottery money. He’s been being dragged into the banked wooden oval at 5am on somedays and given a rigourous training programme which has paid massive divends. For once, even BIKEmagic will have to agree, THE BCF HAVE GOT SOMETHING SERIOUSLY RIGHT!!!
Whether the rest of the cycling team, or the rest of the British Olympic team can live up to Queally’s incredible performance has yet to be seen. Suffice to say that Queally is the new Chris Boardman, and it should be interesting to see what Chris can pull out of the bag in his race – the Mens Road Race, later in the month.
1 Jason Queally (GBR) 1.01.609 (58.433 km/h)
2 Stefan Nimke (Ger) 1.02.487
3 Shane Kelly (Aus) 1.02.818
4 Soeren Lausberg (Ger) 1.02.937
5 Arnaud Tournant (Fra) 1.03.029
6 Dimitrios Georgalis (Gre) 1.04.108
7 Grzegorz Krejner (Pol) 1.04.156
8 Garen Bloch (RSA) 1.04.478
9 Narihiro Inamura (Jpn) 1.05.085
10 Julio Cesar Herrera (Cub) 1.05.537
11 Matt Sinton (NZl) 1.05.706
12 Jim Fisher (Can) 1.05.835
13 Martin Polak (Cze) 1.05.851
14 Jonas Carney (USA) 1.05.968
15 David Cabrero (Spa) 1.07.710
16 Gvido Miezis (Lat) 1.08.113
Jason Queally graduated from Lancaster University with a Biological Science degree and stayed on to do research work. He represented the British Universities at water-polo. At the age of twenty five he decided to try triathlon but was drawn to track racing after an induction course at Manchester Velodrome. He started riding the track league and quickly progressed up the rankings. In 1996 he won his first medal a silver, in the Kilometre Time Trial at the National Track Championships.
An intelligent and intense athlete Jason has gone from strength to strength over the past three seasons. Last year he finished fifth at the World Championships in the Kilometre Time Trial. With Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean he clinched a silver medal in the Olympic Sprint at the World Championships. The trio were also European champions.
He also won a silver medal in the Kilometre Time Trial at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Sydney will be his first Olympic Games. He is our current National Kilo Champion.