Olympics: More Gold for GB on Day 3


It was yet another golden day at the velodrome in Rio with the Women’s Team Pursuit winning Gold and Becky James Silver in the Keirin

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Olympics: More Gold for GB on Day 3

It was another night where the rest of the world must be wondering what they have to do to beat the Great Britain Team. There were several highlights and none bigger than Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald not just winning Gold but smashing the World Record.

Just as significant however was the Silver for Becky James in the Women’s Keirin where the Welsh girl came back from a career threatening injury to show lightening speed to put herself in a position to challenge for the medals. And if all that wasn’t enough, the Men’s Sprint will see an all British final between Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner after they both blew their rivals away in the semi finals.

Women’s Team Pusuit
What a day this was for the four GB girls. Not only did they hit back at the USA who broke the World Record in round 1 only to see GB do the same in the very next heat, the final was as close as many expected as GB put the pressure on and broke the team from USA, in the process reducing the World Record to a sizzling 4.10.

After trailing early on, the quartet of Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand cranked up the pace to devastating effect, winning in 4:10.236 — nearly two seconds quicker than the world record they set in the heats.

During the  team on team race, GB held the USA in the first kilo before upping the pressure and opened up a lead in the following 2000 metres and with the four Brits piling on the pressure, it was too much for the USA who were down to three before they got to the final kilometre.

You could sense the team from USA were now on the limit and the only drama for GB was when Laura Trott came down the track late after a big turn on the front and had to chase her teammates to the finish line. But in winning Gold, 24-year-old Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic gold medals.

Trott said afterwards “(Winning a third gold medal) was something I wanted to achieve and to do it alongside these three girls is just incredible. The feeling we were getting, it was like this machine was coming together. To come away with a time of 4.10 was honestly incredible.”

“We knew a world record was on the cards but it almost felt unreal,” Trott told the media “I actually said to Katie, ‘that was possibly the easiest world record we’ve ever got’. I’ve never been in a team that feels so seamless. You can tell that everyone was giving 100 percent to get to the finish line first and I could not be prouder right now.”

Joanna Rowsell Shand, a double Gold winner having won in London as well, said of the victory “This means the world to me. I won gold four years ago but this was a much harder battle. It has not all been going our way over the last two years, but we pulled together.”

“In round 1 we rode more within ourselves, the girls came off the track saying that was about 80%. All we had to do in that ride was beat Canada, which we did, so we thought we might go a bit quicker in the final, but we also thought we might run a bit closer with America. You always go quicker when you’re chasing a team — I think we knew we had more in the tank.”

Katie Archibald explained “We were convinced it was going to go down to the wire. America had come out harder than us. In all the previous rides, we’ve not been up to the last kilometre. That means they’ve been having a tail on us. Trying to close down that gap. I had a sneaky look at the end to see if we were there. When you get that, you have that chomping on the bit sensation. We felt like superheroes.”

Elinor Barker meanwhile said “We are incredibly lucky that we’ve been able to pull it off on the day and go faster than we’ve ever gone before. We’ve had some incredibly training sessions and we broke the world record a couple of times in training which we managed to keep quite quiet as well”.

“But we’ve also had some terrible training sessions as well so it’s all about how it goes on the day really. I was struggling a bit, it was a shame we couldn’t go that little bit faster and get under 4:10″

Meanwhile, after winning Silver in the Women’s Keirin, Beck James told the media “I can’t believe it’s happened. I came in with good form and I love the Keirin and I love racing. Once I got through the first round, I just wanted to enjoy the day. I was at the back and was just thinking ‘when do I go, when do I go? I had so much speed. Today was so special. I have 10 of my family here – my mum has never been on a long-haul flight before”.

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Heat 1
1 Italy 04:23.0
2 China 04:23.7

Heat 2
1 New Zealand 04:17.6

Heat 3
1 United States 04:12.3
2 Australia 04:20.3

Heat 4
1 Great Britain 04:12.2
2 Canada 04:15.6

Progression rules* The winners of heats 3 and 4 in the First round ride the final for the gold and silver medals. The remaining six teams will be ranked by their times in the First round and will be paired as follows: The two fastest teams ride the final for the bronze medal. The next two fastest teams ride the final for 5th and 6th places. The last two teams ride the final for 7th and 8th places.


3 Canada 04:14.6
4 New Zealand 04:18.5

1 Great Britain 04:10.2
Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell Shand

2 United States 04:12.5

Women’s Keirin

Heat 1
1 GER VOGEL Kristina 11.209 GER
2 AUS MEARES Anna +0.002 AUS
4 RUS VOINOVA Anastasiia +0.186 RUS
5 CHN GONG Jinjie +0.368 CHN
6 CAN SULLIVAN Monique +0.411 CAN

Heat 2
1 LEE Wai Sze 11.470 HKG
2 ZHONG Tianshi +0.212 CHN
3 SHMELEVA Daria +1.267 RUS
4 VAN RIESSEN Laurine +3.929 NED
CALVO BARBERO Tania Did not finish ESP
CUEFF Virginie Did not finish FRA
PODMORE Olivia Did not finish NZL

Heat 3
1 JAMES Rebecca 11.691 GBR
2 LEE Hyejin+0.017 KOR
3 HANSEN Natasha +0.018 NZL
4 CASAS ROIGE Helena +0.092 ESP
5 MORTON Stephanie +0.111 AUS
6 O’BRIEN Kate +0.244 CAN
7 WELTE Miriam +0.477 GER

Heat 4
1 LIGTLEE Elis 11.440 NED
2 KRUPECKAITE Simona +0.010 LTU
3 GUERRA RODRIGUEZ Lisandra +0.100 CUB
4 ISMAYILOVA Olga +0.256 AZE
5 MCCURLEY Shannon +0.431 IRL
6 CLAIR Sandie +0.555 FRA
7 BASOVA Liubov Relegated UKR

Round 2

Heat 1
1 VOGEL Kristina 11.288 GER
2 LIGTLEE Elis +0.398 NED
3 VOINOVA Anastasiia +0.533 RUS
4 LEE Hyejin +1.046 KOR
5 ZHONG Tianshi W (warning) Relegated CHN
6 BAYONA PINEDA Martha Did not finish COL

Heat 2
1 MEARES Anna 11.135 AUS
2 JAMES Rebecca +0.011 GBR
3 BASOVA Liubov +0.041 UKR
4 VAN RIESSEN Laurine +0.165 NED
5 KRUPECKAITE Simona +0.192 LTU
6 LEE Wai Sze HKG


1/18th Finals

Heat 1
1 KENNY Jason 10.369 GBR
2 PUERTA ZAPATA Fabian Hernando +0.109 COL

Heat 2
1 SKINNER Callum 10.359 GBR
2 CONSTABLE Patrick +0.021 AUS

Heat 3
1 GLAETZER Matthew 10.166 AUS
2 LEVY Maximilian +0.059 GER

Heat 4
1 DMITRIEV Denis 10.102 RUS
2 WEBSTER Sam +0.142 NZL

Heat 5 FRA
1 BAUGE Gregory 10.103 NED
2 HOOGLAND Jeffrey +0.121

Heat 6 GER
1 EILERS Joachim 10.449 CHN
2 XU Chao +0.058

1/4 Finals
Heat 1
1 KENNY Jason ** GBR
2 CONSTABLE Patrick +0.194 0.258 AUS

Heat 2
1 SKINNER Callum ** GBR
2 XU Chao +0.122 0.2 CHN

Heat 3
1 GLAETZER Matthew ** AUS
2 EILERS Joachim +0.084 0.049 GER

Heat 4
1 DMITRIEV Denis Winner Winner RUS
2 BAUGE Gregory +0.063 0.213 FRA

Semi finals
Heat 1
1. Jason Kenny, Gbr **
2. Dmitriev, Russia *

Heat 2
1. Callum Skinner, GBR **
2. Matthew Glaetzer, Australia



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