Tokyo Olympic observe racing: Michael Morkøv and Lasse Hansen win Madison
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Danish cyclists Lasse Hansen and Michael Morkøv gained the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Madison with 43 factors, forward of Ethan Hayter and Matthew Partitions (Nice Britain) with 40 factors, and Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin (France) additionally with 40 factors.
The silver and bronze medals have been determined by a tiebreaker on the ultimate lap. With the higher inserting, Workforce GB took dwelling the silver medal and the French the bronze.
“If we had been a bit cooler within the final dash we might have finished one or two, nevertheless it’s already a medal and it’s not nothing. These are Olympic Video games achievements,” Grondin mentioned.
The 2 Danes have been additionally a part of the four-man Workforce Pursuit squad which took a silver medal behind the Italians led by Filippo Ganna. Atop the rostrum, Morkøv proudly belted out the Danish nationwide anthem.
“Possibly this was the final victory of my entire profession so I wished to sing as loud as I might,” mentioned Morkov, who gained the Madison with Hansen on the world championships final 12 months.
The Madison debuted within the Olympics in 2000, and was contested in 2004 and 2008, however was ignored of the observe occasions for the 2012 and 2016 Video games.
Denmark’s males completed sixth in Beijing and Morkøv mentioned he has been ready since for an additional crack at gold.
“When Madison got here again [into the Olmypics] once more I instantly thought to myself, that is what I need, that is what I’m going after,” Morkov mentioned. “My group supervisor let me have the ambition and now I’m standing right here with the gold medal.”
Individuals crash, abandon Madison
Individuals Gavin Hoover and Adrian Hegyvary had a strong begin and scored some extent on the third dash. A number of laps later, Hoover moved to the entrance of the group to tempo with riders from Nice Britain and France.
On the bell for dash 9, Hoover threw Hegyvary and the Individuals gained the intermediate sprint and scored 5 extra factors. The 2 continued to tempo close to the entrance to keep away from crashes that have been plaguing the again of the sector.
However with 94 laps (of 200) remaining, the 2 Workforce USA riders have been caught up in a crash throughout an trade in flip 4.
New bikes have been instantly supplied to the 2 Individuals, and Hegyvary appeared able to get proper again into racing. However Hoover was slower to return to proceed racing. After a short trackside analysis and dialogue the Individuals deserted.
A subsequent medical analysis was carried out on Hoover and he was recognized with a distal radius fracture. He was handled on the venue hospital and was launched quickly after the competitors ended.
Within the first warmth, France bested Germany and Trinidad and Tobago. Nice Britain got here out on prime of Australia and the Netherlands within the second warmth. The third warmth noticed Malaysia bettered Trinidad and Tobago, and Poland. The fourth warmth witness Japan win head of Russian Olympic Committee and Australia, whereas within the ultimate warmth Japan got here out on prime forward of New Zealand and Colombia.
Within the repechage rounds, Trinidad and Tobago superior together with the rider from Malaysia, whereas France was eradicated within the first flight. Repechage two noticed Nice Britain and Germany advance whereas the rider from the Netherlands didn’t. Repechage three went to the Netherlands, with Suriname additionally advancing, whereas New Zealand didn’t. Within the ultimate repechage spherical, Australia and Colombia superior to the quarterfinal spherical whereas the athletes from Kazakhstan didn’t.
Quarterfinals are set to be contested Sunday morning Tokyo time after the heats and repechages competed Saturday.
Within the first quarterfinal, Australia will face Colombia and France. Quarterfinal 2 will see Nice Britain face Germany and Malaysia. The third quarterfinal will pit Australia, Germany, and Japan in a contest to make the semifinals.
With COVID sanitary laws barely relaxed and the Izu Velodrome at 50 % capability, hometown followers cheered Yudai Nitta and Yuta Wakimoto to the quarter-finals, every successful their respective heats.
“I used to be ready for this present day,” mentioned Japan’s Keirin coach, Frenchman Benoit Vetu. “To listen to the individuals screaming. It’s so good to listen to the Japanese individuals having fun with the present as a result of they’ve waited a very long time.”
Within the 1/8 rounds, Germany beat Russian Olympic Committee, Canada beat New Zealand, Germany beat China, Hong Kong beat France, Nice Britain beat Canada, and the Netherlands beat Ukraine.
The repechages for the 1/8 spherical noticed Canada and France advancing to the quarterfinal, whereas the Russian Olympic Committee didn’t within the first rep, whereas riders from Ukraine and New Lealand knocked out the rider from China.
Within the quarterfinals, the 2 Canadians confronted off with Kelsey Mitchel popping out on prime. Quarterfinal two noticed Emma Hinze (Germany) knocked out Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands). Quarterfinal three was gained by Honk Kong forward of Nice Britain earlier than Olena Starikova (Ukraine) bested Lea Friedrich of Germany within the final quarterfinal.
Within the semifinal spherical Sunday, Starikova will face Lee Wai-Sze (Hond Kong), whereas Hinze will face Mitchell. The winners of every semifinal will face off for the gold and silver medals.
Hinze is seeking to be the second-ever German to win the Olympics ladies’s Dash. If Hinze, the present world champion additionally wins Olympic gold, she would observe compatriot Kristina Vogel’s win on the Rio 2016 Video games.