Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny win cycling gold for Team GB
The British partnership dominated 120-lap race inside the Izu Velodrome; they finished race with a score of 78 points to second-place Denmark's 35 and the Russian Olympic Committee's 26 points secured bronze; Kenny becomes first British woman to win golds at three consecutive Olympic Games
Last Updated: 07/08/21 1:12pm
Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny have won a gold medal for Team GB in the women's madison event inside the Izu Velodrome at the Tokyo Olympics.
It was a fifth career Olympic gold for Kenny, who surpassed Dutchwoman Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel to become the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history as she took gold at a third consecutive Games.
The British pair looked in control from the off, winning the first three sprints on the track and then further extending their advantage after the Dutch pair of Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters, reigning world champions, were caught in a crash with a little over 70 laps remaining.
In the second half of the race, the British duo got themselves in a series of breakaways, hoovering up points in the sprints and gaining a lap with a little over 20 to go to build an all-but-insurmountable lead.
By the end of the race, they had won 10 of the 12 sprints - including the double points for the last lap - to finish with 78 points, more than twice the tally of second-placed Denmark on 35.
Buzzing that the Madison is back in the Olympics. Even more buzzing there’s now both a women’s and men’s Madison. Even even more buzzing that @LauraKenny31 & @_katiearchibald just gave an absolute masterclass in Madison racing for @TeamGB. That was brilliant!!!— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) August 6, 2021
In winning this gold, Kenny has become the first British woman to win golds at three consecutive Olympic Games and she now also moves clear of Charlotte Dujardin as the British female with the most gold medals.
Kenny joins Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and her husband, Jason, as the only British Olympians to have won at least five gold medals and she will go for number six in the women's omnium on Sunday.
"It's unbelievable. I am just so glad," Kenny said, as she reflected on their race win in the madison.
"I've never wanted to win a race so badly in all my life. That was the one. I messaged Jason this morning and said, 'I feel like my Olympics ends today.'
"The one race I really wanted to do was this and we went and did it.
"I've never missed Albie so much in all my life," she added about her son. "I kept saying to people, 'please don't ask me about Albie'.
"I couldn't have done it without these girls. It's so hard leaving him at home but to have Katie there the whole time, I just feel like I'm racing with a sister and I couldn't have done it if we didn't have that relationship."
Archibald added: "I've been dreaming about this. I've never wanted something so much and I've never been so nervous. But we've been clinical in our approach.
"I'd like to thank our coach Monica (Greenwood). None of this would have happened without her as she overhauled our approach to this event."
"Monica is married to Ben, who is the U23s' coach," Kenny shared. "We've done this exact plan five times [with the U23s].
"I've never felt so in control of a race in my life. It felt like we were just repeating a race that we'd already done three or four times [in training with them]."