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Monday, 18 September, 2000, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
McGregor bronze makes history
McGregor broke down in tears at the finish
McGregor broke down in tears at the finish
Yvonne McGregor has become the first woman ever to win a cycling medal for Great Britain after claiming bronze in the 3,000m individual pursuit.

McGregor clawed back what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit over the closing stages in a thrilling finish against New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer.

She trailed on all 12 laps until the last 100 metres and won by just 0.08 of a second and the 39-year-old from Wilmslow broke down in tears after the race.

Leontien Zijlaard of the Netherlands beat French cyclist Marion Clignet by five seconds in the gold medal race.

McGregor's performance was enough to eclipse her fourth place at Atlanta in the same event four years ago.

She said: "I was really disappointed in Atlanta because I didn't feel I performed to my expectations but I really feel I have performed well here.

"To have missed out there and then got this one right on the wire is very satisfying.

"I knew I had to ride a controlled race. I couldn't go all out - I had to ride efficiently.

"I knew I was gaining towards the end and I just went all out for the line. I heard the gun go off on my side first and then it was just tears."

The British team are celebrating their third medal in the cycling event at the Sydney Olympics following the gold and silver heroics of Jason Queally and the sprint team.

Queally's team-mate Craig MacLean suffered a setback in his hopes of progressing in the men's sprint.

He was relegated into the repechage section after the first round despite winning his heat.

MacLean was penalised by the judges for not holding his line after cutting across Spanish opponent Jose Villanueva in the final 200m.

But MacLean responded impressively to the setback by qualifying from a three-way race-off in the repechage heat to seal his passage through to the quarter finals.

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