Tokyo Olympic observe racing: Nice Britain blasts to ladies’s Madison win, Harrie Lavreysen takes Dash gold in three-race thriller

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The fifth day of Olympic observe racing Friday noticed Nice Britain and the Netherlands claiming gold medals within the ladies’s Madison and males’s Dash, and the Canadian ladies maintaining their Dash hopes alive within the qualifying rounds.

Nice Britain dominated from begin to end within the inaugural Olympic ladies’s Madison as Laura Kenny received her fifth Olympic gold medal, making her essentially the most profitable feminine bicycle owner within the historical past of the Video games.

Kenny and teammate Katie Archibald received 9 of the race’s first 11 sprints, led the breakaway effort to lap the stragglers, after which received the ultimate dash to assert gold within the must-watch paired occasion.

Denmark’s Julie Leth and Amelie Dideriksen took silver, whereas the Russian Olympic Committee’s pair claimed bronze. The united statesteam’s Megan Jastrab and Jennifer Valente completed ninth after failing to get a toehold within the race.

Harrie Lavreysen claimed Dash gold in an exciting three-round closing in opposition to Dutch teammate Jeffrey Hoogland.

Lavreysen had misplaced the primary race of three by a small margin and edged the second to arrange the ultimate decider. The reigning world champion despatched Hoogland with ruthless effectivity within the third race to assert gold.

The U.S. ace Maddy Godby didn’t make it by means of the early Dash rounds. The 28-year-old punched by means of to the 1/16 spherical reps, however was subsequently bettered by Hong Kong powerhouse Lee Wai-sze in a detailed contest that knocked her out of the competitors.

The Canadians Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell each made it by means of to Saturday’s 1/8 finals.

Girls’s Madison closing

Kenny and Archibald had been dominant of their Madison win.

The British duo took an early lead within the Madison’s battle for sprints, and by no means regarded again.

Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald received the primary three sprints and averted plenty of crashes that ensnarled Italy, Eire, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Belgium within the first third of the race. The incidents noticed pre-race contenders Germany and Belgium shedding floor and finally being lapped.

The British pair stayed on the entrance of the race and averted the carnage because the collisions began taking their toll by means of the center of the endurance occasion. Kenny and Archibald pushed out an enormous lead over nearest rivals the Netherlands as they went on to win sprints 5 by means of 10.

Archibald was on fireplace all through, warding off challenges from the Dutch duo. She then bought away from the bunch with a French rider, and so they went on a cost in a bid to achieve a lap on the group earlier than the Danes had been in a position to latch on.

The Danes’ transfer noticed them overhaul the Netherlands to fit into second. They then held off a late point-grabbing surge from the Russian Olympic Committee to safe silver.

Nice Britain continued to cost by means of the ultimate section of the race earlier than Kenny broke away within the closing half lap to win the ultimate dash and safe her fifth profession gold.

U.S. duo Megan Jastrab and Jennifer Valente stayed upright and in rivalry, however had been hardly ever in a position to get their noses to the entrance. They gained a degree within the third dash and failed to attain once more. In contrast to so a lot of their rivals, Jastrab and Valente averted being lapped or crashing and completed ninth.


  1. Gold: Nice Britain – 78
  2. Silver: Denmark – 35
  3. Bronze: Russian Olympic Committee – 26

Males’s Dash closing

The Dutchmen contested a three-race thriller within the males’s Dash gold medal closing. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Photographs

The race for the Dash finals was a thriller because the Dutchmen battled for supremacy.

Jeffrey Hoogland hit out early within the first spherical earlier than holding off a late cost from world champion Harrie Lavreysen to win the primary race.

Hoogland regarded all-set to win the second race in an exciting battle that noticed Lavreysen battle again late to disclaim him the gold. Hoogland took an enormous early lead earlier than his teammate made an enormous comeback to pip his countryman on the road and arrange a 3rd, deciding race.

Lavreysen put any doubts to mattress with a crushing third spherical, pushing previous Hoogland with a half-lap to go and accelerating from there to win gold in emphatic fashion.

The pair had additionally received the Group Dash earlier this week.

Jack Carlin (Nice Britain) took the early lead within the race for bronze in opposition to Denis Dmitriev (ROC) and clinched an exciting second spherical to assert the third spot on the rostrum.

Hoogland had received his semi-final once more Denis Dmitriev (ROC) 2-0.

Lavreysen bettered Carlin in two close-fought races to arrange the all-Dutch closing.

Males’s Dash outcomes:

  • Gold: Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
  • Silver: Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
  • Bronze: Jack Carlin (Nice Britain)

Girls’s Dash qualifiers

Godby and Genest faced-off within the 1/32 spherical. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Photographs 

Ellesse Andrews (New Zealand) bought the session off to a roaring begin within the qualifiers, setting a brand new Olympic file with a time of 10.563. The file didn’t final lengthy earlier than a swathe of racers went quicker, with Lea Sophie Friedrich (Germany) setting the brand new quickest Olympic mark of 10.310.

U.S. speedster Maddy Godby confronted off in opposition to the Lauriane Genest in her 1/32 warmth however was unable to match the Canadian powerhouse and was compelled into the repechages.

Godby promptly blasted again to qualify by means of the 1/32 repechages whereas Genest received her 1/16 spherical to qualify for Saturday’s races.

Godby’s Olympics got here to an finish within the 1/16 spherical after being crushed by Friedrich within the first race after which shedding out to the sturdy Sze Lee (Hong Kong) within the repechages.

The Canadian world file holder Kelsey Mitchell beat Liubov Basova (Ukraine) within the 1/32 and neatly despatched Kaarle McCulloch (Australia) within the 1/16 to maneuver by means of to Saturday’s 1/8 finals.

There was a heavyweight matchup within the 1/32 spherical. Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands) beat China’s Shanju Bao, who went on to reverse her type with a 1/32 repechages win. Braspennincx went on to qualify for the 1/8s.

Certified for 1/8 finals (Saturday): 

  • Friedrich (Germany)
  • Mitchell (Canada)
  • Hinze (Germany)
  • Gros (France)
  • Genest (Canada)
  • Starikova (Ukraine)
  • Braspennincx (Netherlands)
  • Marchant (Nice Britain)
  • Lee (Hong Kong)
  • Zhong (China)
  • Andrews (New Zealand)
  • Voinova (Russian Olympic Committee)