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Sarah Ulmer
Ulmer at the 2002 Women's Challenge
Personal information
Full name Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer
Born (1976-03-14) 14 March 1976 (age 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 167 cm (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Pursuiter / points race / time-trialist / road racer

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.

Biography

Ulmer was born in 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. Her father Gary was a national road and track champion.

Individual pursuit races

In 1994 she won the World Junior Championship and placed second at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada with a time of 3 minutes 51 seconds.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics she was seventh after qualifying 6th with 3m 43s.

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur she won the gold medal with 3m 41.7s.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics she qualified 4th with 3m 36.8s and came 4th after losing the ride off for third by 0.08 of a second.

At the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games she won the gold and set a games record of 3m 32.4s.

In May 2004 she won the World Championship in Melbourne and set a world record of 3m 30.6s in qualifying. At the Athens 2004 Olympics she broke the world record in qualifying with 3m 26.4s and took almost two seconds off that time to win the gold in the final with 3m 24.5s. Ulmer reduced the world record by six seconds. The silver and bronze medalists, Katie Mactier from Australia and Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel from the Netherlands, also went under the previous world record (3m 30.6s) in each of their three rides. They rode faster with each ride and rode 3m 27.6s and 3m 27.0s respectively in the finals.

In May 2010 at Aguascalientes, Mexico at an altitude of 1,870 metres (6,140 ft), American Sarah Hammer broke Ulmer's world record with a time of 3m 22.269s. As of September 2014 nine current world cycling records for distances of 4 km or less have been set at Aguascalientes.

The current world championship record of 3m 27.268s was set by fellow New Zealander, Alison Shanks in Melbourne in 2012.

Other races

Ulmer did well in points races, winning a junior world championship and placing 3rd and 4th at senior world championships. She placed 2nd and 5th (twice) at Commonwealth Games.

After the 2004 Olympics she switched to road racing. The Cycling Archives website includes results for her competing in road races in the US, France, Australia, Belgium and Germany from 1999 to 2006.

Other information

Ulmer trained at the velodrome in Te Awamutu. Her home town is Cambridge. Ulmer has two daughters.

In the 2005 New Year Honours, Ulmer was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to cycling.

Ulmer announced her retirement from cycling on 24 November 2007. She attended the 2008 Olympics as a mentor.

In 2011, Ulmer signed up as an 'ambassador' for the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Palmarès

Source: All pursuits are 3 km individual, apart from two 2 km junior pursuits.

1993
2nd Silver medal icon.svg Pursuit World Junior Championships (2km)
1994
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Pursuit World Junior Championships (2km)
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Points Race World Junior Championships
2nd Silver medal icon.svg Pursuit Commonwealth Games
5th Points Race Commonwealth Games
1995
1st Pursuit, National Championships
2nd Points Race, National Championships
3rd Sprint, National Championships
2nd Pursuit, Australia National Championships
1st Pursuit, Adelaide World Cup
3rd Points Race, Adelaide World Cup
1st Pursuit, Quito World Cup
1st Pursuit, Tokyo World Cup
1996
1st Pursuit, National Championships
2nd Points Race, National Championships
7th Pursuit Atlanta Olympics
1998
1st Gold medal icon.svg Pursuit Commonwealth Games
2nd Silver medal icon.svg Points Race Commonwealth Games
2nd Pursuit, National Championships
1st Points Race, National Championships
1999
3rd Bronze medal icon.svg Points Race World Championships
6th Pursuit, World Championships
2nd Pursuit, Texas World Cup
2nd Pursuit, Cali World Cup
2000
4th Pursuit Sydney Olympics
8th Points Race Sydney Olympics
1st Pursuit, Cali World Cup
2nd Pursuit, Turin World Cup
2001
1st Pursuit, Mexico City World Cup
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Criterium Championships
2002
1st Pursuit National Championships
1st Points Race National Championships
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Criterium Championships
1st Pursuit, Sydney World Cup
1st Scratch Race, Sydney World Cup
3rd Points Race, Sydney World Cup
1st Gold medal icon.svg Pursuit Commonwealth Games
5th Points Race Commonwealth Games
2003
4th Pursuit World Championships
1st Pursuit, Mexico World Cup
1st Pursuit, Sydney World Cup
3rd Points Race, Sydney World Cup
3rd Scratch Race, Sydney World Cup
1st Pursuit, National Championships
1st Points Race, National Championships
3rd 500m Time Trial, National Championships
2004
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Pursuit World Championships
4th Points Race World Championships
1st Pursuit, Mexico World Cup
3rd Scratch Race, Mexico World Cup
1st Pursuit, Sydney World Cup
3rd Points Race, Sydney World Cup
1st Gold medal icon.svg Pursuit Olympic Games
6th Points Race Olympic Games
2005
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Road Race Oceania Games
1st OceaniaChampionJersey.png Time Trial Oceania Games
2006
1st Tour of New Zealand
1st World Cup Road Race Wellington
2007
3rd National Road Race Championships

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