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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Van Moorsel in historic win
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel shows off her fourth Olympic gold medal
Van Moorsel added another gold to her three from Sydney
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel became the most successful woman in Olympic cycling history after she powered to the time trial title on day five.

The Dutch rider gritted her teeth after suffering a nasty fall in the women's road race to complete the 24km-course in 31 minutes, 11.53 seconds.

The 34-year-old is the first female cyclist to win four Olympic gold medals on the road or in the velodrome.

She is bidding for a fifth gold in the track individual pursuit on Saturday.

Zijlarrd-van Moorsel thought her Olympics were over when she took a tumble after clipping the rider in front of her in the road race.

"After such a crash, I could never have dreamt something like that," she said after successfully defending her time trial title.

"I have pain everywhere and it was getting worse through the race. I don't think elite sport is that healthy."

The Dutchwoman is retiring after the Athens Games but her tally of four golds and a silver saw her eclipse athletics great Fanny Blankers-Koen as the Netherlands most successful female Olympian.

American Deirdre Demet-Barry took the silver medal 24.09 seconds behind Zijlarrd-van Moorsel while Karin Thuerig of Switzerland took bronze.





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