Gold for Katie Archibald Amid Tokyo Medal Rush

August 6, 2021

Katie Archibald became a double Olympic champion amid a flood of medals for the Scots on Team GB, as Laura Muir, Jack Carlin and Sarah Robertson also hit the podium.

Katie Archibald took her second medal of Tokyo 2020, combining with Laura Kenney in an absolutely dominant display as the Madison made its Olympic debut. The pair were unstoppable, winning 10 of the 12 sprints during the 120 lap race, including the final dash with double points on offer. They also took a lap on the rest of the field to build an unbeatable total score of 78 points to take gold.

The duo not only made history as the first women’s Madison Olympic champions but Archibald is now a double Olympic champion, adding to her Team Pursuit gold in Rio, and Kenny becomes the first British woman to win golds at three consecutive Olympic Games.

“I’ve never wanted something so much and I’ve never been so nervous,” said Archibald. “We’ve been really clinical in our approach to this, none of this would have happened without Monica [Greenwood]. We had a change of coach last year, totally overhauled our entire approach to this event.

“I feel like we’re going after the all-round at this track Olympics spreading between Madison and omnium and it feels so satisfying for it to come off.”

The success continued in the velodrome as Jack Carlin took Sprint bronze at his first Olympics, also his second medal in Tokyo after Team Sprint silver. Having missed out to Dutch world champion Harrie Lavreysen in the semi-finals, Carlin faced Denis Dmitriev of the Russian Olympic Committee in the battle for bronze and dominated proceedings to win 2-0.

“It was a tough day today, I didn’t have the same in the legs as I did yesterday but I gave it my all and managed to come away with something,” he said. “I got 20th at the Worlds last year and I said to myself that I’d never be in that place again. We focused a lot on the individual event in this extra year and it paid off.”

He now turns his attention to the Keirin and, on his chance of winning gold, silver and bronze at Tokyo 2020, Carlin said: “What was it that Jonny Brownlee said? ‘Completed it mate’. We’ll see…”

Over at the Olympic Stadium Laura Muir won a brilliant silver in the 1500m, putting the agony of finishing fifth, fourth and fifth over 1500m at the last three World Championships and seventh at the Rio Games five years ago behind her. She did it in some style too with a new British and Scottish record of 3:54.50, powering past 5000m champion Sifan Hassan in the closing stages in a race won by defending champion Faith Kipyegon in a new Olympic record.

Elsewhere Andrew Butchart ran a season’s best, finishing 11th in a fiercely contested 5000m final.

The medal rush had begun in the early hours of Friday morning with Sarah Robertson scoring in a 4-3 bronze medal match thriller with India. India led 3-2 at the halfway point but Team GB rallied strongly, levelling the score through captain Hollie Pearne-Webb, before a penalty corner conversion from Grace Balsdon secured their place on the podium for a third Games in a row.

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