Tokyo Olympics: Golds for GB cyclists Laura Kenny & Katie Archibald, Kate French wins fashionable pentathlon, Laura Muir takes 1500m silver

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Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Laura Kenny turned the primary British lady to clinch gold at three Olympics and pentathlete Kate French triumphed as Workforce GB received seven medals on Friday.

Laura Muir received 1500m silver, with one other coming for the lads’s 4x100m relay group and a bronze for the ladies.

GB additionally claimed bronzes in girls’s hockey and the lads’s biking dash.

Workforce GB now have 58 medals in whole and with two days of competitors left are battling to complete above Australia and the Russian Olympic Committee, who’ve 17 golds every.

Muir shattered the British 1500m document because the Scot completed second behind Kenya’s defending champion Religion Kipyegon, who set a brand new Olympic document.

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, whose 100m and 200m campaigns had been ended by damage, returned to assist the British group win bronze within the girls’s 4x100m relay closing.

Britain’s males’s relay group featured Zharnel Hughes, who false began within the 100m closing, and had been agonisingly pipped to gold on the road with Italy forward by only one hundredth of a second.

Boxer Lauren Value reached Sunday’s middleweight gold-medal bout by winning her semi-final in opposition to Dutch opponent Nouchka Fontijn.

That got here a couple of hours after the hockey group beat India in a 4-3 thriller to win bronze.

Within the velodrome, Jack Carlin additionally claimed a bronze by beating Denis Dmitriev, who represents the Russian Olympic Committee, within the best-of-three males’s dash races.

Earlier the 24-year-old Scot was crushed by Dutch world champion Harrie Lavreysen – who ended Jason Kenny’s nine-year reign as Olympic champion on Thursday and went on to take gold – within the semi-finals.

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Medal desk evaluation – can GB beat London and Rio?

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Simon Gleave, head of sports activities evaluation, Nielsen Gracenote:

Tokyo 2020 is Nice Britain’s fourth greatest Olympics and second greatest outdoors the UK, after Rio 2016. Nice Britain now have 58 medals with one other two assured from boxers Galal Yafai and Lauren Value. Solely London 1908 (146 medals), Rio 2016 (67) and London 2012 (65) have produced extra medals.

Workforce GB had 60 medals at this stage in Rio and 58 in London.

The 18 golds received thus far fall nicely wanting London’s 25 and Rio’s 24 at this stage. Two to 4 extra gold medals for Nice Britain appear sensible this time for a closing whole of 20 to 22.

Kenny seals golden treble

Laura Kenny’s fifth gold, which follows six Olympic titles for husband Jason, means the Kenny family boasts a complete of 11 – the identical as Workforce GB claimed in whole at three Video games from 1988 to 1996.

The Tokyo triumph was her first Olympic victory as a mom, having welcomed son Albie in August 2017.

“Once I fell pregnant, there was a second two months into the being pregnant the place I awakened and stated to Jason ‘I am unable to do that, I am not going to have the ability to keep on [with cycling], there’s simply no approach.’ And right here we’re,” she stated.

“All week I have been saying please do not ask me about Albie – I’ve by no means missed him a lot.”

Laura Kenny roll of honour

Kenny and Archibald credited coach Monica Greenwood – who took over teaching the endurance squad in December – for his or her win, revealing they’d been coaching in opposition to GB’s males’s under-23 squad to good their madison plan.

“I could not do it with out these ladies. With Katie I really feel like I am racing with a sister – I am so grateful to have her right here and her assist. I could not have achieved it with out her,” added Kenny, who received group pursuit silver earlier within the week.

It additional extends her standing as Britain’s most profitable feminine Olympian. She now has six Olympics medals – the identical quantity as equestrian’s Charlotte Dujardin, who has received three golds.

French fires GB to a different gold

French took Britain’s gold-medal tally to 18 in Tokyo with a storming closing occasion within the fashionable pentathlon – the laser run, a 3,200-metre run punctuated by 4 capturing levels.

Beginning in fifth place total, the 30-year-old moved into the gold-medal place with a dominant efficiency which noticed her end greater than 15 seconds forward of Lithuania’s London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite.

After ending fifth at Rio 2016, French turned Britain’s first champion within the occasion since Stephanie Cook dinner topped the rostrum at Sydney 2000.

“I attempted to not assume an excessive amount of about getting a medal. I am so happy I used to be in a position to maintain it collectively. It is at all times been a dream and I am unable to imagine it is come true.”

The occasion, which covers fencing, swimming, using, capturing and operating resulted in heartbreak for Annika Schleu in a usually unpredictable equestrian spherical.

Horses are randomly allotted to riders and the German’s mount Saint Boy proved extra of a sinner as his wayward antics ended her medal hopes.

Aid for Muir as she lastly earns Olympic medal

Muir fought again tears as she celebrated successful an Olympic medal after a sequence of near-misses in main outside championships.

The 28-year-old Scot slipped out of medal rivalry on the final lap to complete seventh at Rio 2016, whereas additionally agonisingly coming near the rostrum in three World Championships.

In Friday’s closing in Tokyo she was thought to have an opportunity of successful bronze at greatest, with Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands – who Muir will share the rostrum with – thought-about the favourites.

A decided Muir stored tempo with the pair in a quick race and overtook Hassan within the closing 200 metres earlier than setting a brand new nationwide document.

“I do not know what to say – I’ve labored so laborious for thus lengthy,” she instructed BBC Sport in an emotional post-race interview.

“I have been fourth, fifth twice, sixth and seventh yearly since 2015 and with every part final 12 months being postponed and never figuring out what was occurring – I acquired a silver!”

How versatile Value swapped soccer for boxing

Value, 27, is a gifted and versatile athlete having performed soccer for Wales and been a kickboxing world champion – with the Duke of Cambridge amongst her followers.

Additionally a former taxi driver, Value switched her full focus to boxing after successful middleweight bronze on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games.

Now she is the reigning world, Commonwealth and European champion, with the shot on the Olympic title to return on Sunday.

Value received her semi-final bout with Dutch opponent Fontijn on a cut up choice to enter the gold-medal spherical.

“It is mad, to be sincere,” stated Value, who received 52 caps for the senior Wales soccer group.

“It is everybody’s dream to get to the ultimate and I will do the utmost to deliver again that gold.”

5 years in the past in Rio, Nice Britain’s girls’s hockey group received their first Olympic gold in a second which has gone down within the nation’s sporting folklore.

However expectations had been a lot decrease going into Tokyo following a turbulent Olympic cycle.

A number of star names have retired, together with captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and ahead Alex Danson, whereas there have been accidents to different key gamers and the upheaval of head coach Danny Kerry leaving to take over the lads’s aspect.

In 2019, they had been thrashed 8-0 by the Netherlands and wanted to beat Chile in a two-legged qualifier to even attain Tokyo.

“This cycle has not been an excessive amount of of a rollercoaster as a result of there’s not been many highs,” captain Hollie Pearne-Webb instructed BBC Sport.

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