Laura Kenny wins FIFTH gold, Kate French wins GOLD in modern pentathlon
TEAM GB have so far added two stunning gold medals on a triumphant day at the Tokyo Games.
Laura Kenny won her FIFTH historic gold in the Women’s Madison alongside Katie Archibald, while Kate French won the Modern Pentathlon.
Kenny’s fifth gold medal sees the cycling star become the first British woman to win five Olympic gold medals.
It was also the first time that a Madison women’s race had been held at the Olympics.
And the cycling medals didn’t end there – Jack Carlin added a bronze in the men’s sprint.
In women’s hockey, Great Britain beat India 4-3 in a thrilling game to take bronze.
Great Britain were leading 2-0 before India struggled to take the 3-2 advantage, but the British proved they were the better team by winning.
Later that afternoon, Laura Muir is among the favorites to win a medal on the track as the Scot goes bankrupt in the 1,500-meter final.
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Joshua Cheptegei follows the disappointment of silver in the 10,000m earlier in the week with gold glory in the 5,000m.
A brilliant run from the Ugandan saw him come out of the field on the last lap to finish first.
Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed was second while American Paul Chelimo threw himself over the line for bronze.
GOLD FOR UGANDA!
JOSHUA CHEPTEGEI WINS THE 5000M!
Katir takes a step – but is it too late? It really looks like it.
Cheptegei hits the front and he will take some catches …
FOUR TOURS TO DO
Kenyan Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli is leading the way, but favorite Mohamed Katir is back on the pitch and will surely have to take a step soon.
Milkesa Mengesha is second while Ugandans Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo are third and sixth respectively.
With a gunshot, the men’s 5000m final is launched!
Mo Farah is gone, but Team GB is represented by Andrew Butchart.
Spaniard Mohamed Katir is the favorite to win gold, but Ugandan pair Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo are also seen as strong contenders.
The second round of the men’s 4x400m relay has just been run, and it saw Poland, Jamaica and Belgium secure their places in this afternoon’s final.
They will be joined by the first round automatic qualifiers – USA, Botswana and Trinidad and Tobago – as well as the two fastest losers, Italy and the Netherlands.
The eight finalists ran their heats in under three minutes and put together what will be a superb show inside the Olympic Stadium.
Earlier today, Annika Schleu’s hopes for a medal in the modern pentathlon were dashed by a more mischievous horse than Bojack Horseman.
The German held the first place in the equestrian discipline but her dream quickly began to collapse as Saint Boy refused to jump.
The Netherlands won gold in the women’s hockey final after beating Argentina 3-1.
Two goals from Caia van Maasakker and another from Margot van Geffen were enough for the dominant Dutch to reclaim the title they won in London in 2012.
TOO HEAT TO HANDLE
The GB team will surely miss a spot in the 4 x 400m relay final this afternoon after finishing sixth in the first heat.
The quartet of Cameron Chalmers, Lee Thompson, Joseph Brier and Michael Ohioze crossed the line far behind leaders USA, Botswana and Trinidad & Tobago, who all qualified automatically.
KATE SHOOTS FOR THE STARS
Kate French caught her breath before stepping onto the winner’s podium and managed to say a few words about her surprising feat.
I actually don’t know what to say, I can’t really believe it right now.
I knew I could do it if I focused on my shot and ran as fast as I could.
I heard the team cheering me on in the stands and I can’t thank everyone at home enough for their support.
Kate French is an Olympic champion!
The modern 30-year-old pentathlete considered retiring after a fifth-place finish at the Rio Games five years ago, but she persisted, came back stronger and was awarded the gold medal.
She absolutely beat the laser to finish 15 seconds ahead of Lithuanian Laura Asadauskaite in second place; Sarolta Kovacs of Hungary won bronze.
“This is the greatest performance of [Kate French’s] life from afar, ”remarks Nick Hope for BBC Sport.
The Modern Penthathlon includes fencing, shooting, swimming, show jumping and running.
And Katie French comes out on top!
She entered the final round 15 seconds off the lead, but came home to win Team GB’s 18th gold at Tokyo 2020.
THE GB TEAM HAS ANOTHER!
THIS IS THEIR SECOND OF THE DAY!
KATE FRENCH WINS THE MODERN PENTATHLON!
HOCKEY HALF TIME
Everything happens in the game for the women’s gold medal.
Caia van Maasakker scored her second goal to make it 3-0 against the Netherlands, but Argentina responded almost instantly thanks to Agustina Gorzelany.
It’s Netherlands 3-1 Argentina at halftime.
How’s that for a statistic.
Albie Morgan (Laura and Jason’s son) has quite a few medals to play with.
TWO IN TWO MINUTES
The Netherlands scored two back-to-back goals in the gold medal game against Argentina in the women’s hockey final.
Caia van Maasakker added to the opening of Margot van Geffen.
The horn has just sounded for the end of the first quarter of the game for the gold medal in women’s hockey.
It is currently 0-0 between the Netherlands and Argentina.
Team GB clinched bronze early this morning, beating India 4-3 in spectacular fashion after giving up a two-goal lead to lead 3-2 at halftime.
Hats off to Jack Carlin as he wins a brilliant bronze medal in the men’s sprint at the Izu velodrome.
Laura Kenny (right) is the most successful female cyclist at the Olympics with five gold and one silver.
She is also the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics, and alongside Charlotte Dujardin as the British team’s most decorated Olympian with six medals.
She could still become the most decorated female Olympic athlete on the GB team, with another medal offered in the omnium.
DEBRIEF BY LAURA
And here’s what Laura Kenny has to say after winning a historic Olympic gold alongside Katie Archibald in the women’s madison event:
“All week I said please don’t ask me about Albie [her son], I’ve never missed him so much but I couldn’t do it without these girls.
“With Katie [Archibald] I feel like I’m running with a sister.
“I’m so grateful to have her here and her support, I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Here’s what Jack Carlin has to say after winning bronze in the men’s individual sprint:
“Difficult day today, I didn’t feel like I had the same legs as yesterday, but I gave everything and managed to come away with something.
“I had 20 at the world championships last year and I thought I’ll never be in this place again and I just focused on individual stuff and it paid off.”
JACK THE BOY
From Martin Lipton of the Sun in Tokyo:
Jack Carlin won a superb bronze in the sprint to show that there is life after Jason Kenny.
The 24-year-old Scotsman has become Kenny’s successor here at the Izu velodrome.
And while he wasn’t good enough to crush the Dutch gold medal fight between Jefrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen, he has already won two medals, with a possible third in the upcoming keirin.
While Carlin was disappointed to lose his semi-final to Lavreysen – the man who ended Kenny’s nine-year reign yesterday – he hasn’t shown it against Russian Denis Dimitriev.
Pure nerve on the high walls saw Carlin shatter the Russian’s resolve in the first of their best of three contests.
And when Carlin showed determination and courage to stand up to the challenge, his cries of joy and his cry of “Come on! Told her own story.
This assured Carlin a deserved bronze – and the potential stepping stone for more in the years to come.
Elsewhere, Tom Daley is safe until the semi-final of the men’s 10m individual platform.
He finished the prelims in fourth place with a total score of 453.70.
It was not for his British compatriot Noah Williams who finished 27th with a score of 309.55.
It’s an absolute beating!
- GB team – 78 points
- Denmark – 35 points
- Russian Olympic Committee – 26 points
GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN!
The GB team won TEN over the twelve sprints of this race.
There isn’t much more to it than that.
Laura Kenny wins a gold medal at her third consecutive Olympic Games!