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Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald win gold for Team GB in madison


The pair had been part of the team pursuit lineup that claimed silver on Tuesday but in going one better Kenny claimed her fifth career gold medal and became the first British woman to ever win Olympic titles at three successive Games.

The Madison was returning to the Olympic programme having been dropped after the 2008 Games in Beijing, up to which point it had been a male-only discipline.

Amid the chaos of a 125-lap race, in which riders take it in turns to race before checking out and hurling their teammate into the fray, Kenny and Archibald routed their opposition winning 10 of the 12 sprints staggered throughout the contest and gaining a full lap on the field, worth a bonus 20 points.

The week had begun with suggestions of a British cycling demise on the track after several Games’ worth of absolute dominance, but after Matt Walls’ omnium gold on Thursday, this was Team GB stamping their authority on the velodrome in emphatic fashion.

The British pair finish on 78 points, more than double the tally of silver medalists Denmark, whose 35 points saw them edge the Russian Olympic Committee into bronze.


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