Annette Edmondson

Annette Edmondson was identified by the South Australian Institute of Sport as having the physical attributes of a cyclist after completing a range of measurements and physical activities at school. Edmondson began competitive cycling and never looked back, making her Olympic debut at the age of 20 at the London 2012 Games.

Leading into London, Edmondson joined Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic to claim team pursuit silver at the 2012 World Championships. With their sights set on going one better at the Olympics, the trio qualified third in the preliminary round in London. They were then beaten into the gold medal ride by a United States team just 0.082 seconds quicker than the Aussies, sending Edmondson and company into the bronze medal race against Canada. Further heartbreak followed as the team in green and gold was edged out of the bronze medal spot by just 0.181 seconds.

Determined to improve on fourth place in the team pursuit, Edmondson backed up for the gruelling six leg Omnium event that made its debut at the 2012 Games. The youngster’s consistency saw her finish in the top four in five of the six events and secure the bronze medal behind Great Britain’s Laura Trott and Sarah Hammer of the USA.

After finishing on the World Championships podium in 2013 and 2014, Edmondson made history in 2015 alongside Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure and Ashlee Ankudinoff as the quartet won World Championship gold and broke the world record. She would back the team pursuit result up with gold in the Omnium to become a dual World Champion.

A year later everything certainly didn’t go as smoothly. A fortnight out from the 2016 World Championships Edmondson collided with a car and was hospitalised. She recovered though and helped Australia to fifth in the team pursuit while securing the same result in the Omnium.

More trouble hit at her second Games in Rio where a crash in training cruelled the Aussies chances of pushing for a podium finish. Edmondson lined up in all three of the team’s rides in Rio as they eventually defeated Italy to claim fifth. She would go on to claim eighth in the Omnium. 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Omnium - Women
10km Scratch Race 30 pts 6 6
3km Individual Pursuit 28 pts 3:33.818 7
Elimination Race 32 pts 5 5
500m Time Trial 40 pts 34.938 1
Flying Lap 250m Time Trial 38 pts 13.878 2
25km Points Race 0 pts; 8th 0 16
Final Placing 8 / 18
Team Pursuit - Women
First Round BAKER, G; EDMONDSON, A; CURE, A; HOSKINS, M USA 4:20.262 2
Race for 5th-6th Places BAKER, G; EDMONDSON, A; ANKUDINOFF, A; CURE, A ITA 4:21.232 1
Qualifying BAKER, G; EDMONDSON, A; CURE, A; HOSKINS, M 4:19.059 Q 3
Final Placing 5 / 9

2012 London

Omnium - Women
500m Time Trial 24 pts; 3rd 35.140 2
10km Scratch Race 22 pts 12:39.697 1
3km Individual Pursuit 21 pts 3:35.958 4
Elimination Race 17 Pts 3 3
20km Points Race 14 pts 10 11
Flying Lap 250m Time Trial 3 pts 14.261 3
Final Placing 3 / 18
Team Pursuit - Women
Finals Bronze EDMONDSON, A; HOSKINS, M; TOMIC, J 3:18.096 2
First Round Heat 3 EDMONDSON, A; HOSKINS, M; TOMIC, J 3:16.935 Q 2
Qualifying EDMONDSON, A; HOSKINS, M; TOMIC, J 3:19.719 Q 3
Final Placing 4 / 10