08.08.2021, 13:52

Olympics: Cycling-Seventh heaven for keirin king Kenny

Olympics: Cycling-Seventh heaven for keirin king Kenny

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Cycling - Track - Men's Keirin - Gold Final - Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan - August 8, 2021. Jason Kenny of Britain celebrates with a British flag after taking gold in the race. (Photo: Reuters)   

Jason Kenny became Britain's greatest-ever Olympian as he powered to victory in the men's keirin on August 8 to claim the seventh gold medal of his incredible career.

The 33-year-old arrived in Tokyo tied on six golds with former track cycling team mate Chris Hoy.

He failed to add to his gold haul in the team sprint and individual sprint, looking a little off his best form.

But he saved the best to last with a virtuoso performance to win the keirin by a country mile, retaining the title he won in Rio in 2016.

After the electric pace bike pulled off the track with three of the six laps remaining, Kenny put the hammer down and surprised his rivals with an audacious attack.

The plan worked a treat, building a huge lead that none of his rivals could reel in.

Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang finished a distant second, while Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands took the bronze to add to his golds in the team and individual sprint in the Izu Velodrome this week.

Team USA's Jennifer Valente wins women's omnium

Jennifer Valente has won Team USA's first gold medal in track cycling at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with victory in the women's omnium; two-time defending champion Laura Kenny sixth.

Valente scored 124 to finish 14 points ahead of Japan’s KAJIHARA Yumi, who took the silver at the Izu Velodrome.

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands clinched the bronze with 108 points.

Two-time defending champion Laura Kenny came home in sixth.

Canada's Kelsey Mitchell takes brilliant gold in women's sprint

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Cycling - Track - Women's Sprint - Gold Final - Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka, Japan - August 8, 2021. Kelsey Mitchell of Canada celebrates with a Canadian national flag after winning gold. (Photo: Reuters)

Kelsey Mitchell belied her relative inexperience as she raced to gold in the women's sprint final. The Canadian cyclist, who only took up the sport four years ago, finished the first race in 10.906 seconds and the second in 10.995.

Mitchell was racing against a seasoned competitor in Ukraine's Olena Starikova, whose resume includes silver in the 500m time trial at the 2019 World Championships and the same colour from the sprint race at the 2019 European Championships, among others.

However, Mitchell, who set the world record in the 200m with a time of 10.154 in September 2020, dominated the final to win a spectacular gold and write her name in the annals of Olympic history.

Norway put on dominant display to win women's handball bronze

Norway have run out 36-19 winners in the women's handball bronze medal match, with an impressive victory over Sweden.

The Norwegian team, who have finished on the podium at five Olympics in a row, dominated proceedings at the Yoyogi National Stadium to secure their second Olympic bronze medal in as many editions of the Games.

Norway have been a powerhouse of handball for the last three decades and - after their bronze today (August 8) - have claimed the most women's handball medals in Olympic history. They won gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, silver at Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992, and bronze at Sydney 2000, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Serbia beat Republic of Korea to secure women's volleyball bronze

Serbia are going home with a medal in women’s volleyball for the second straight Olympics.

The Serbians beat Republic of Korea in straight sets Sunday to win the bronze medal in Tokyo. That comes five years after they won their first medal in the sport, a silver in Rio de Janeiro.

Serbia bounced back from a lopsided straight-set loss to the United States in the semifinals with the 25-18, 25-15, 25-15 victory. The Serbians swept six of their eight matches in Tokyo, losing to finalists Brazil in pool play and the US in the medal round.

Republic of Korea fell short in their quest for a second women’s volleyball medal after winning bronze in 1976.

The US are seeking their first gold medal ever in the sport later Sunday against Brazil. The US have lost their three previous gold medal games, including to Brazil in 2008 and '12.

Reuters, Tokyo 2020

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