Tokyo Olympic Track Races: Britain takes women’s victory at Madison, Harrie Lavreysen takes sprint gold in three-race thriller

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On Friday, day five of the Olympic track races saw Great Britain and the Netherlands win gold medals in the women’s Madison and men’s sprint, and the Canadians kept their sprint hopes alive in the rounds of qualification.

Great Britain dominated from start to finish in Madison’s first women’s Olympic event as Laura Kenny won her fifth Olympic gold.

Kenny and teammate Katie Archibald won nine of the race’s first 11 sprints, led the breakaway effort to get around the laggards, then won the final sprint to win gold in the must-see pair event .

Danes Julie Leth and Amelie Dideriksen won silver, while the pair from the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze. Team USA’s Megan Jastrab and Jennifer Valente finished ninth after failing to gain a foothold in the race.

Harrie Lavreysen won sprint gold in a thrilling three-round final against Dutch teammate Jeffrey Hoogland.

Lavreysen had lost the first race of three by a small margin and moved ahead of the second to set up the final decider. The reigning world champion sent Hoogland with ruthless efficiency into the third race to claim gold.

American ace Maddy Godby did not make it through the first few laps of the sprint. The 28-year-old advanced to the 1/16 draft, but was beaten by Hong Kong powerhouse Sze Lee in a close game that knocked her out of the competition.

Canadians Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell both qualified for the round of 16 on Saturday.

Madison Women’s Final

Kenny and Archibald dominated their victory at Madison.

The British duo quickly took the lead in Madison’s battle for sprints and never looked back.

Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald won the first three sprints and avoided a number of crashes which resulted in Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belgium in the top third of the race. The incidents saw the pre-race competitors, Germany and Belgium, lose ground and eventually be overtaken.

The British pair stayed ahead of the race and avoided carnage as collisions began to wreak havoc in the midst of the endurance test. Kenny and Archibald took a huge lead over their closest rivals the Netherlands as they won sprints five to ten.

Archibald was on fire throughout, fending off challenges from the Dutch duo. She then moved away from the peloton with a French rider, and they charged off in an effort to win a lap over the group before the Danes could hang on.

The Danes’ movement saw them revise the Netherlands to come in second. They then withstood a belated surge from the Russian Olympic Committee to win silver.

Great Britain continued to rush into the final stage of the race before Kenny escaped on the final half-turn to win the final sprint and clinch his fifth career gold medal.

American duo Megan Jastrab and Jennifer Valente remained standing and in contention, but rarely managed to put their noses ahead. They gained a point in the third sprint and failed to score again. Unlike so many of their rivals, Jastrab and Valente avoided being passed or crashed and finished ninth.

Results:

  • Gold: Great Britain – 78
  • Silver: Denmark – 35
  • Bronze: Russian Olympic Committee – 26

Men’s sprint final

The Dutch contested a three-race thriller in the men’s sprint gold medal final. Photo: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

The race to the Sprint Finals was a thriller as the Dutch fought for supremacy.

Jeffrey Hoogland struck early in the first round before fending off a late charge from world champion Harrie Lavreysen to win the first round.

Hoogland looked set to win the second round in a thrilling battle that saw Lavreysen fight late to deny him gold. Hoogland took a huge lead before his teammate made a comeback to put his compatriot on the line and organize a third race.

Lavreysen put all doubts in doubt with a crushing third round, passing Hoogland with a U-turn to go and accelerating from there to win gold with emphatic style.

The pair also won Team Sprint earlier this week.

Jack Carlin (Great Britain) took the lead in the bronze race against Denis Dmitriev (ROC) and won an exciting second round to claim third place on the podium.

Hoogland had again won his semi-final Denis Dmitriev (ROC) 2-0.

Lavreysen beat Carlin in two close races to set up the all-Dutch final.

Men’s sprint results:

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

Women’s Sprint Qualifications

Godby and Genest faced off in round 1/32. Tim de Waele / Getty Images

Ellesse Andrews (New Zealand) started the session with a bang in qualifying, setting a new Olympic record with a time of 10.563. The record didn’t last long before a group of runners got faster, Lea Friedrich (Germany) setting the new fastest Olympic mark of 10.310.

American speedster Maddy Godby faced Lauriane Genest in her 1/32 race, but couldn’t compete with Canadian power and was forced into the draft.

Godby quickly exploded to qualify in the 1/32 draft while Genest won his round in 1/16 to qualify for Saturday’s races.

The Godby Olympics ended in the Round of 16 after being beaten by Friedrich in the first race, then lost to Fort Sze Lee (Hong Kong) in the repechage.

Canadian world record holder Kelsey Mitchell beat Liubov Basova (Ukraine) in 1/32 and perfectly beat Kaarle McCulloch (Australia) in 1/16 to advance to the 1/8 finals on Saturday.

There was a heavyweight clash on round 1/32. Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands) beat China’s Shanju Bao, who then reversed her form with a 1/32 draft victory. Braspennincx then qualified for the 1/8.

Qualified for the 1/8 finals (Saturday):

  • Friedrich (Germany)
  • Mitchell (Canada)
  • Hinze (Germany)
  • Gros (France)
  • Genest (Canada)
  • Starikova (Ukraine)
  • Braspennincx (Netherlands)
  • Marchant (GB)
  • Lee (Hong Kong)
  • Zhong (China)
  • Andrews (NZ)
  • Voinova (ROC)



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