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Reed falls short of medal

ATHENS, Greece -- Jennie Reed's quest for an Olympic cycling
medal ended quickly.

Reed lost her first head-to-head race in the sprint competition
Sunday to Canada's Lori-Ann Muenzer, then was beaten in the
repechage -- a "second-chance'' race -- later in the session, ending
her hopes of becoming only the second American woman to medal in
the Olympic sprint.

Reed was the No. 9 seed in the 12-woman field, based on her
qualifying time of 11.622 seconds in Sunday morning's 200-meter
seeding race. And that'll be the best spot she can possibly finish
with -- she'll ride Monday against three other women in the
ninth-place race.

"I'm a little disappointed with my time," Reed said after the
seeding race. "It wasn't what I expected. I'm not sure what
happened."

Her day kept getting worse.

Reed took the higher line along the banked track in the second
prequel lap against Muenzer, leading up to the one-lap dash to the
finish. She darted beneath Muenzer and took the lead entering the
final lap, but the Canadian -- who was third in this year's world
championships -- took it back for good with a half-lap remaining.

Then in the three-rider repechage, Reed was paired with
Bulgaria's Evgenia Radanova and Russia's two-time defending world
champion Svetlana Granovskaya, with only the winner getting a spot
in Monday's quarterfinals. Granovskaya prevailed, holding off a
hard attack from Reed over the final 125 meters.

Australia's Anna Meares, who won the time trial in world-record
time here Friday, earned the No. 1 seed with a time of 11.291
seconds.

Meares -- the fastest woman on wood -- beat the fastest woman on
ice to advance.

Radanova had the slowest qualifying time, 12.457 seconds,
earning her an opening-round matchup with Meares, who has been
riding the fastest laps of her life on the Athens velodrome's
250-meter banked wooden oval. Meares won easily in their
head-to-head race Sunday.

Then again, cycling isn't Radanova's best sport. She's a
three-time Winter Olympian in short track speedskating who won two
medals in Salt Lake City two years ago. Radanova, who holds the
world 500-meter short track record and is a two-time world
champion, is making her debut in the summer games.

In the pursuit final, New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer bettered her own
world record to win the gold medal. Ulmer's winning time was
3:24.537, nearly two full seconds faster than the mark she set in
Saturday's qualifying rounds. Australia's Katie Mactier won the
silver.

Retiring Dutch cycling star Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel won
the bronze, her sixth career Olympic medal, by defeating
Australia's Katherine Bates. Van Moorsel won three gold medals in
Sydney and added a fourth in Athens, edging Dede Barry of the
United States to win the road time trial. She also had a silver in
2000.

Also included in Sunday's afternoon track session were early
rounds of the men's sprint and team pursuit events, where
Australians emerged as favorites for gold. Ryan Bayley had the
fastest time in the men's sprint seeding race, and his countrymen
are the three-time defending world champions in team pursuit.