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


Events: July 23rd – August 8th Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Cover: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online; Listen to BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra and Sounds; Live text and video clips on the BBC Sport website and app.

Laura Kenny became the first British woman to win gold in three Olympics, and pentathlete Kate French triumphed when Team GB won seven medals on Friday.

Laura Muir won 1500m silver, with another comes for the men 4x100m relay Team and bronze for the women.

GB also took bronzes in women’s hockey and men’s bike sprint.

Team GB now has a total of 58 medals and with two days of competition left they will fight for Australia and the Russian Olympic Committee, each with 17 gold medals.

Great Britain is fourth in the medal table

Muir broke the British 1,500m record when the Scot finished second behind Kenya’s defending champion Faith Kipyegon, who set a new Olympic record.

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, whose 100 and 200 meter campaigns ended due to injury, returned to help the British team win bronze in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay finals.

The British men’s relay consisted of Zharnel Hughes, who had a false start in the 100-meter final and was only a hundredth of a second ahead of gold at the finish line with Italy.

Boxer Lauren Price reached the middleweight gold medal fight on Sunday wins her semifinals against the Dutch opponent Nouchka Fontijn.

That came a couple of hours after the hockey team Beat India in a 4-3 thriller To win bronze.

In the velodrome, Jack Carlin also took bronze by defeating Denis Dmitriev, who represents the Russian Olympic Committee, in the men’s best-of-three sprint races.

Previously, the 24-year-old Scot was beaten in the semifinals by Dutch world champion Harrie Lavreysen, who ended Jason Kenny’s nine-year term as Olympic champion on Thursday and won gold.

Kenny seals golden heights

Laura Kenny’s fifth gold, following six Olympic titles for husband Jason, means the Kenny household has a total of 11 – the same as Team GB in three games overall from 1988-1996.

The Tokyo triumph was her first Olympic victory as a mother after welcoming son Albie in August 2017.

“When I got pregnant, there was a moment two months after the pregnancy that I woke up and said to Jason, ‘I can’t do this, I won’t be able to go on.” [with cycling]’There’s just no way.’ And here we are, ”she said.

“All week I’ve been saying please don’t ask me about Albie – I’ve never missed him so much.”

Laura Kenny Honor Roll

Kenny and Archibald credited trainer Monica Greenwood, who took over the endurance team’s coaching team in December, for their win and revealed that they’d trained against the UK U23 side to perfect their Madison plan.

“I couldn’t do it without these girls. With Katie, I feel like I’m riding a sister – I’m so grateful to have her here and her support. I couldn’t have done it without her,” added Kenny, who Won silver in the team pursuit earlier this week.

It further builds on her status as Britain’s most successful Olympic participant. She now has six Olympic medals – the same number as equestrian Charlotte Dujardin, who has won three golds.

French fire GB to another gold

French brought Britain’s gold medal in Tokyo with a tumultuous final event in the modern pentathlon to 18.

Starting from fifth overall position, the 30-year-old advanced to the gold medal position with a dominant performance that brought her over 15 seconds ahead of the Lithuanian London 2012 winner Laura Asadauskaite.

After finishing fifth in Rio 2016, French became the first British champion at the event since Stephanie Cook took the podium in Sydney in 2000.

“I tried not to think too much about getting a medal. I’m so glad I was able to hold them together. It was always a dream and I can’t believe it came true.”

The event, which includes fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running, ended for Annika Schleu in a typically unpredictable riding lap.

The horses are randomly assigned to the riders and the mount Saint Boy des German turned out to be more of a sinner than his stubborn antics ended her medal hopes.

Relief for Muir when she finally wins the Olympic medal

Muir fought back tears as she celebrated winning an Olympic medal after a series of near misses at major outdoor championships.

The 28-year-old Scot slipped out of the medal battle in the final lap and finished seventh in Rio 2016, while getting excruciatingly close to the podium at three world championships.

In the final on Friday in Tokyo, she was given a chance of bronze at best, with Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands, with whom Muir will share the podium, were considered the favorites.

A determined Muir kept pace with the pair in a quick race, overtaking Hassan in the final 200 meters before setting a new national record.

“I don’t know what to say – I’ve worked so hard for so long,” she told BBC Sport in an emotional post-race interview.

“I’ve been fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh every year since 2015, and last year was postponed and I didn’t know what was going on – I got silver!”

How versatile Price has swapped football for boxing

Price, 27, is a talented and versatile athlete who played football for Wales and was a world champion in kickboxing with the Duke of Cambridge among her fans.

Price was also a former cab driver, and after winning bronze in the middleweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he focused entirely on boxing.

Now she is the reigning World, Commonwealth and European champion, on Sunday the Olympic victory is due.

Price won her semi-final match against Dutch opponent Fontijn with a split decision to go into the gold medal round.

“It’s crazy to be honest,” said Price, who won 52 caps for Wales senior team.

“It is everyone’s dream to make it to the final and I will do everything I can to get that gold back.”

The Duke of Cambridge meets Team GB boxer Lauren Price

GB wins ice hockey medal after a turbulent five years

Five years ago, the British women’s hockey team won their first Olympic gold in Rio in a moment that has gone down in the country’s sports folklore.

But after a turbulent Olympic cycle, expectations were much lower when you went to Tokyo.

Several star names have retired, including captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and striker Alex Danson, while other key players have been injured and head coach Danny Kerry has switched to take over the men’s side.

In 2019 they were beaten 8-0 by the Netherlands and had to defeat Chile in a two-legged qualifier to even reach Tokyo.

“This cycle wasn’t too big a roller coaster ride because there weren’t many highs,” Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb told BBC Sport.

“Olympic bronze just a few months ago was not in our wildest dreams.”

What else happened on Friday?

  • Canada beat Sweden in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the women’s soccer final ended 1-1.
  • American Allyson Felix became the most decorated athlete of all time, taking 400m bronze for her 10th Olympic medal. Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas won the gold medal ahead of Jodie Williams from the UK.
  • Individual Olympic champion Ben Maher with Explosion W helped Great Britain as seventh of 10 qualifiers into the team final on Saturday.
  • Diver Tom Daley is aiming for a second gold medal of the games in the 10-meter platform on Saturday (07:00 BST) after progressing from the preliminary round.

Banner image while reading around the BBC - BlueFooter - Blue