According to olympics.com, After 120 laps of the gruelling racing at the Izu Velodrome, Great Britain has won the first-ever Olympic madison gold with a total of 78 points. The British team, made up of Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald, dominated their rivals to become Olympic champions, with Denmark 43 points back on 35 and ROC winning bronze with 26 points.
In an eventful race, which involved multiple crashes, Great Britain were in a league of their own, building an unassailable lead in the 30km race before passing through the finish line for an unforgettable victory.
The Danish team were ecstatic with a hard-earned silver, however, it was Great Britain’s legendary cycling duo – this is Kenny’s fifth Olympic gold medal and Archibald’s second – who stormed to victory, making Olympic history in the process.
With her victory today, Kenny became the first British woman to win gold at three different Olympics. Her six total Olympic medals – including the silver she won in the Tokyo 2020 women’s team pursuit – are also the joint-most won by any female British athlete at the Olympic Games, equalling the record set by equestrian rider Charlotte Dujardin.
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