Tokyo Olympics: Nice Britain ladies and men progress in crew pursuit

Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Nice Britain progressed within the ladies’s and males’s crew pursuit because the observe biking acquired beneath method at Tokyo 2020.

Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Josie Knight completed as second quickest qualifiers behind Germany, who set a brand new world document.

Their time of 4:07.307 was nearly three seconds faster than the earlier document, set by GB after they received Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

Workforce GB’s males have been fourth quickest in males’s qualifying with 3:47.507.

That was Britain’s quickest ever time within the crew pursuit however Ed Clancy, Ollie Wooden, Ethan Hayter and Ethan Vernon confronted a nervous wait to see if they might stay in competition for the gold medal race after Australia have been allowed a re-run following a crash.

Alex Porter’s handlebars fell off, sending him crashing head first on to the observe throughout their preliminary qualifying try.

They have been allowed a second try however needed to wait till after the ladies’s crew dash finals – received by China – concluded.

The Australians completed with the fifth-fastest time, that means Nice Britain – Olympic champions on the final three Video games – will tackle world document holders Denmark for a shot on the gold medal.

Denmark set a brand new Olympic document of three:45.014 to complete because the quickest qualifiers.

GB ladies – the two-time defending Olympic champions within the occasion – will face the US within the subsequent spherical on Tuesday for a spot within the gold medal last.

“We’re pleased with the time, not the outcome,” stated Archibald. “We thought we might be simply on the lengthy aspect of what the Germans did and we simply discovered we did not have it in that final kilometre.”

Knight, making her Olympic debut, added: “I used to be extremely nervous – I am with three defending Olympic champions. We gave experience, however I believe we have extra within the tank.”

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