LONDON, July 29 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Olga Zabelinskaya won the gold medal in the Olympic cycling road race on Sunday. A 140.3-kilometer ride started and ended on The Mall in central London.
“I dreamed about an Olympic medal, but I still cannot believe that this happens in reality, that I have got on the Olympic podium. I am happy now, I am glad that work we did at training sessions has produced this substantial result,” said Olga overwhelmed with emotions.
“I had no particular plans for today’s race, and it was sheer improvisation when the three of us broke away, worked as a team. The victory of (Dutchwoman Marianne) Vos is absolutely logical, she is way ahead of us in her level,” Olga continued.
In an interview ahead of the Olympic Games, Olga noted that it is quite real to speak about Olympic medals. “There are always a lot of surprises at Olympic Games. And of course, I expect to give one of them,” she stressed.
Zabelinskaya, born on May 10, 1980, comes of a family of cyclists. She is a daughter of Olympic champion of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, Sergei Sukhoruchenkov. Olga says she would not object if her children treaded in her steps.