Calgary native Monique Sullivan (formerly featured in Prospect Magazine) finished a very respectable sixth in the women’s keirin cycling final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London Friday.
Sullivan was in a remarkable Olympic final that included Australia’s Anna Meares (2004 Olympic Gold medallist in the 500m time trial), France’s Clara Sanchez (two-time World Champion in 2004 and 2005), Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton (2008 Olympic sprint champion), China’s Guo Shuang, and Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee.
Pendleton won Gold, with Guo winning Silver and Lee winning Bronze in the race.
Coached by former three-time Pan American Games Gold medallist Tanya Dubnicoff of Winnipeg, Sullivan struggled in her first heat this morning, only going fifth fastest in heat one and was sent to the repechage.
In the first round, Sullivan improved to third place and qualified for the second round.
It was the second round where Sullivan performed at her mighty best. She finished in second place to advance to the Olympic final, only behind Meares.