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Jason Kenny and Jack Carlin through to last 12 of men's sprint
Katy Marchant into keirin quarter-finals despite relegation
Italy beat Denmark in record time to win team pursuit title
Australia secure team pursuit bronze after Kiwi crash
Team GB's men beat Swiss to bow out in seventh spot
Charlie Tanfield has admitted he was “unimpressed” by the behaviour of Danish rider Frederik Madsen during Britain’s ill-tempered clash with Denmark in the first round of the men’s team pursuit on Tuesday.
Tanfield was named as Britain’s reserve endurance rider for these Games. But after Ed Clancy withdrew from the team pursuit on Tuesday with a back injury, the 24-year-old was drafted into the lineup at short notice.
There followed an extraordinary race with Denmark in which Tanfield - who had been out on his road bike for two and a half hours on Monday, not thinking he would be needed - was dropped by his team-mates, then knocked off his bike by Madsen who was on the front of a Danish trio coming up to lap him and not looking where he was going.
Madsen then stood over Tanfield, clearly furious, swearing and shouting at the Briton as if the whole thing had been his fault.
After a long delay Denmark eventually progressed to Wednesday's final, where they lost to Italy in an incredible race in which both teams beat the world record.
The Italian quartet of Flippo Ganna, Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Jonathan Milan just edged it with a 3:42.032.
Britain are unlikely to be shedding tears over that result. Head coach Iain Dyer said on Tuesday that he felt Denmark should not have advanced to the final in the first place, having caused the crash with Tanfield.
Dyer’s claim came hours after British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park revealed that GB were one of “multiple teams” who had protested equipment used by the Danes during qualifying on Monday. Park also said he felt Denmark should have been disqualified.
Describing his Olympic debut as a “crazy” experience, Tanfield admitted he had been unimpressed with Madsen’s behaviour.
“I don’t know what the rules say [in terms of possible disqualification] but it wasn’t very sportsmanlike,” said Tanfield. “He apologised. I wasn’t very impressed by his behaviour but he apologised and we move on”.
Tanfield added that to an extent he could understand Madsen’s emotional reaction. “It looked personal but we’ve all committed three years of our life to this and for anything bad to happen, it’s devastating so you can be angry,” he said. “Just don’t take it out on me.”
Tanfield also explained that the reason he went for such a long ride on Monday was because he was under the impression that Matt Walls, as the fifth rider in the endurance team, would be first reserve for the pursuit if needed.
He added that he was lucky he had not stuck to his original planned route as that took in some of Mt Fuji’s lower slopes.
Tanfield helped GB to restore a bit of pride on Wednesday as they managed to beat Switzerland to seventh spot in a new British record.
But it will clearly take a little while for the fallout from the clash with Denmark to die down.
It is understood the British Olympic Association’s legal team worked with the International Olympic Committee and other nations on Wednesday to get a response from the UCI over the controversial equipment used by the Danes in qualifying on Monday. “Multiple teams” protested Denmark’s use of kinesiology shin-tape and aerodynamic undervests and neither was seen in Wednesday’s first round or final.
But the teams who appealed were told by the UCI on Wednesday afternoon that it had considered their protests but that the results stood.
Meanwhile, Jason Kenny and Jack Carlin both advanced to Thursday's ⅛ finals in the men's sprint, though Kenny was pushed hard by Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia in his first elimination race and then by Japan’s Yuta Wakimota in his second. The six-time Olympic champion said later that he felt Carlin was “definitely out best chance” of a medal in the sprint or keirin. “
The Dutch boys are fast,” Kenny said. “A little bit quicker. But Jack’s got the edge in racing. He’s a good racer and if he keeps it together he’s in a really good position.”
Katy Marchant, meanwhile, advanced to the quarter-finals of the women's keirin, which ends on Thursday.
Day three of track cycling, as it happened . . .
Clancy to consider coaching role with British Cycling
By Tom Cary in Izu
Ed Clancy has admitted he would be interested in a role with British Cycling after Mark Cavendish tipped his old friend and team-mate for the performance director job at some point.
Clancy, the three-time Olympic champion, brought the curtain down on a glittering track career on Tuesday when he withdrew from the men’s team pursuit line-up ahead of Britain’s first round clash against Denmark due to a back injury.
In a tearful interview the 36-year-old said he did not know what the future held but added that he wanted to stay involved in cycling.
His retirement prompted an outpouring of goodwill for one of British sport’s most unassuming yet consistently brilliant figures.
Cavendish, who lived with Clancy in Manchester when they were part of British Cycling’s academy, delivered perhaps the most emotional tribute, calling the Barnsley-born rider “the student, the teacher, the father, the brother, the shoulder, the friend and always the perfect teammate to so many track riders for 20 years”.
Cavendish added that Clancy would be "perfect" for the performance director role at British Cycling in the future.
Asked about Cavendish’s words on Wednesday in the Izu Velodrome, where he had stayed to support his pursuit team-mates as they finished seventh in a British record time, Clancy said he was touched that Cavendish thought that highly of him and admitted he would consider a role if one presented itself.
“I see this place as my family,” he said. “I’ve still got such a passion for it. If I can continue riding my bike and flying the flag forever I would, but maybe that would be the next best thing.
“It [a role] is not going to happen overnight but now and again the programmes have a restructuring, and if there is a possibility to stay in this team I’d love to consider it.”
Kenny upsets home crowd... to progress
Jason Kenny managed to beat Yuta Wakimoto of Japan to secure his place in the last 16 of the men's sprint competition that will be contested tomorrow with the first race getting under way at 7.48am.
Dmitriev and Levy secure last-12 spot
Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic Committee) is through to the last 12 of the men's sprint after beating Nick Wammes, while the Canadian will contest the repechages in a short while. In the following race it is Maximilian Levy (Germany) who celebrates after beating Patryk Rajkowski (Poland) to secure his progress.
Awang into repechages
Crowd favourite Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia is through to the repechages after he is beaten by Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago in their 1/16 final heat match. Despite losing his race, Awang manages to do his customary wheel pull on the line.
Great Scot! Carlin avoids crash to progress
Team GB rider managed to beat Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, but it was not without incident after the Malaysian closed the door on the flying Scot as he dipped below his rival going into the bend. The pair almost clipped each other, but thankfully they did not and in the end Carlin went on to win his 1/16 final heat to progress to the next round. That was a very nervous race.
Italy win Olympic team pursuit title!
Having gone out from the starting gate very, very fast, Italy were quickest after 1,000 metres of the 4,000 men's team pursuit final. The world champions Denmark were unable to rein them in and were still trailing after 2,000m, however as the race entered he second half the Danes took control. There was a final twist, however, as the Italians clawed their way back into the game while setting a world record time of 3min 42.032sec and land the Olympic title. Mamma mia, what a performance that was from the Italians and the powerhouse that is Filippo Ganna who is an absolute machine.
Australia take bronze
In what had started out being a very closely fought race, Australia beat their local rivals and will take home bronze. It was heartbreaking stuff for the Kiwis, though, after one of their riders crashed leaving their hopes of a medal in tatters after they fell apart before the Aussies lapped them to clinch victory and the bronze.
Canada seal fifth place . . .
. . . after beating Germany by almost four seconds. The time of 3min 46.324sec is a national record for the Canadian quartet. Next out on the track is an Antipodean battle for bronze.
Team GB roll over Swiss . . .
. . . but I don't think there will be too much celebrating after they finished the men's team pursuit competition, a discipline that Britain has dominated for the last 13 years, in seventh spot having clocked a time of 3min 45.636sec while the Swiss finish in eighth place. Next up is Canada against Germany in the race for fifth.
Team GB are back on track . . .
. . .in the battle for seventh in the men's team pursuit. It is the same line-up – Ethan Hayter, Ethan Vernon, Ollie Wood and Charlie Tanfield – that lost to Denmark in somewhat controversial circumstances on Tuesday. Up against them today are the Swiss.
Women's keirin repechages completed
In the final women's repechage heat Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands) wins on the line ahead of Emma Hinze (Germany) with both going through, while the Olympic keirin competitions of Urszula Los (Poland) and Coralie Demay (France) are over for another three years.
Marchant powers through to next round
Having been relegated earlier today after winning her first round keirin race, Team GB rider Katy Marchant wins her heat four repechage to keep her dream of Olympic gold alive. Mathilde Gros of France joins the Briton in the next round, but Anastasiia Voinova (Russian Olympic Committee), Marlena Karwacka (Poland) and Charlene du Preez (South Africa) do not and are out of the keirin.
Lee Wai-sze wins heat two repechage
Lee Wai-sze (Hong Kong) left it late before making her move to win her repechage and progress along with Kaarle McCulloch of Australia. Not such good news for Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania), Yuli Verdugo (Mexico) and Bao Shanju (China) who are all spat out.
And back to the keirin . . .
Patryk Rajkowski (Poland) beat Xu Chao (China) and Nick Wammes (Canada) got the better of Stefan Bötticher (Germany) in the final round of the men's sprint 1/32 heats.
Ellesse Andrews (New Zealand) has won her keirin repechage to go through to the next round, finishing ahead of Liubov Basova of Ukraine who also goes through, but it is bye-bye to Lee Hye-Jin (South Korea), Lee Hoi Yan Jessica (Hong Kong) and Migle Marozaite (Lithuania).
Go, go Wakimoto!
Local hero Yuta Wakimoto gives the home crowd something to cheer about after the Japanese rider beat Colombia's Kevin Quintero. Shortly after Sébastien Vigier of France beat Canadian rider Hugo Barrette... but the race commissaire may have something to say about that result after he appeared to dip below the black line.
Team GB's Kenny beats fellow track legend Awang
A huge match-up between two legends of the track sees Olympic champion Jason Kenny hold off Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia in the final straight after the Briton darted beneath the great entertainer in the second lap before powering into the next round.
Kiwi Webster take Pole
Jair Tjon En Fa, the rider from Suriname who I must admit is a new name to me even though he has been around the block a bit, is edged out by the veteran German Maximilian Levy is a fiercely contested match. Shortly after, Sam Webster of New Zealand who was 18th fastest in qualifying, beat Polish rider Mateusz Rudyk who was seventh quickest. In the end it looked quite easy, though I am almost sure it was not easy.
Marchant lives to ride another race
Finally worked it out – well, my colleague Tom Cary who is in the velodrome told me – that Team GB rider Katy Marchant is not out of the keirin competition and will be competing in the heat three repechage in a short while.
Trinidad and Tobago marching on . . .
Nicholas Paul easily beat Matthew Richardson of Australia which will surprise few followers of track racing given the Trinidad and Tobago rider is the world record holder for the flying lap, before Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic Committee) made mincemeat of Frenchman Rayan Helal.
Britain 1 Australia 0
Team GB rider Jack Carlin, who was third fastest in the 200m flying lap earlier, brushed aside out Nathan Hart of Australia after taking the race by the horns from the beginning of the three-lap race. There was only ever going to be one winner there. In the end it looked easy for Carlin, the 24-year-old Scot, who is looking to be in fine form.
The Dutchmen are still flying . . .
No time to breath, and we are back to the men's sprint where they are now facing off against each other in one-off match sprints to see who progresses to the next round, though a little confusingly some of the fastest losers will still be able to continue in the repechage rounds. In the first match, Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) beat Ethan Mitchell of New Zealand before another Dutchman, Harrie Lavreysen, beat Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom of Malaysia to join his compatriot in the track centre where he can relax before the next round.
And in the final keirin heat . . .
. . . the north Americans were flying with Lauriane Genest (Canada) and Madalyn Godby (United States) progressing to the next round.
Marchant on brink after relegation . . .
Rewind. Not such good news for Team GB after Katy Marchant has been relegated for, presumably, an illegal move in her race. Not sure yet if she will be allowed to race in the repechages. Stay tuned folks!
Meanwhile, here's what has happened in the other heats . . .
Motoring on on the track . . .
And over to the keirin racing after flying Dutchman Jeffrey Hoogland topped the qualifying in the men's sprint with an Olympic record time of 9.215sec. Decent start for Team GB's Jack Carlin who was third fastest time of the day, but Jason Kenny was a little off the pace in eighth spot.
How does the keirin work and why do they ride behind a motorbike?
The keirin is an eight-lap track race featuring up to six riders that is unique in as much as there are seven bikes out on the boards. The seventh, though, is not pedal-powered but instead a motorbike, or derny.
Favoured by strong sprinters, competitors require cunning and bravery once the fast-paced race reaches its climatic conclusion. The derny starts the race with riders sitting in its slipstream as it gradually winds up the pace. Starting at 30kph, the vehicle gradually speeds up to 50kph before, after reaching the pursuit line on the home straight and with three laps remaining, it peels off the track.
No rider must pass the derny until it has left the track at which point they are free to duel it out, though not quite as physically as is often seen in Japanese keirin racing that is a multi-billion pound industry in its homeland.
Solid start for Katy Marchant who wins the first heat of the day to progress to the next round. Incidentally, the first two rider from each heat go through to the next round.
Men's sprint qualifiers – latest details
Before the match-ups can be sorted, each rider must first complete a 200 metre flying lap in order to determine who they will face. Other than if a rider suffers a mechanical issue, or somehow crashes, there's not a great deal to say about what's going on. Oh, it as also very fast – the world record for the flying lap is 9.100sec, set by Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago in 2019, while Jason Kenny holds the Olympic record (9.551sec), set at the Rio Games in 2016. As one wag said to me ahead of London 2012, 'I don't need to watch the qualifiers, I just need to see the numbers'. I do need to watch though or I wouldn't be able to provide you with the all-important numbers which will be updated over the next 40 minutes in the below table.
Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from the third day of the Olympics track cycling at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka, Japan.
Following what was an action-packed session on Tuesday that was full of drama, intrigue and world-record beating performances, some riders will return to the boards today while others will make their first appearances at this year's Games. As you can see from the below schedule, racing gets under way at 7.30am (BST) when athletes from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russian Olympic Committee, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago do their men's sprint qualifying races. For those of a British persuasion, Team GB riders, Jack Carlin and Jason Kenny will be in action with the latter being the last to ride due to his status as the reigning champion.
Sticking with the theme of sprinting, the women's keirin first round heats follow over five races, featuring Briton Katy Marchant in the first race of the session. After some more men's sprint races and women's keirin repechages it will be the turn of the endurance riders to take centre stage in the men's team pursuit finals where Britain will scrap with Switzerland over who claims seventh spot, before at 10.06am Italy go up against Denmark in what should be a fiercely contested race for the title – the only gold medal race of the day.
The day's session will be rounded off by more men's sprint heats, concluding in four rounds of repechages.