Kirsten Wild wins bronze at omnium
Track rider Kirsten Wild has won bronze at the Olympic omnium. With 18 points in the points race she managed to work her way up to third place. The gold on the cycling track of Izu went to the American Jennifer Valente and the silver to the Japanese world champion Yumi Kajihara.
Wild started fifth in the final points race after finishing only eleventh in the elimination race. Before that, she finished fifth in the opening scratch section and second in the tempo race.
Wild (38) missed a medal on Friday with Amy Pieters in the coupling race, where they finished fourth. She is a two-time world champion on the omnium. She finally won a medal at her last Olympics.
Harrie Lavreysen closes successful track tournament with bronze at keirin
Track sprinter Harrie Lavreysen has won his third medal at the Olympics. It became a bronze on the keirin after winning two golds in the team sprint and the sprint.
Briton Jason Kenny defended his title with verve. He started the sprint three laps before the end, took the lead and held it until the end. Malaysian Mohd Awang just kept Lavreysen from the silver. The difference was one hundredth. Surinamese Jaïr Tjon and Fa came in fourth.
For Kenny it was his seventh gold medal. The 33-year-old track sprinter from Bolton was already there when the British won gold in the team sprint in Beijing 2008. In London 2012 they did that again and he also won gold in the sprint. At the Rio Games there was even the hat-trick with gold in team sprint, sprint and keirin.
Lavreysen, the reigning world champion, did not have an easy time on the keirin. On Saturday, the day after the grueling final of the sprint against Jeffrey Hoogland, he even had to ensure a continuation of the tournament through the repechage. He was also not really convincing on Sunday with fourth place in the quarter-finals and third in the semi-finals, both just enough for qualification.
In the final Kenny surprised the whole field and Lavreysen had to try to close the gap when entering the final lap. That did not work and Awang, third at the World Cup last year and also third in Rio 2016, just came alongside.
Abdi Nageeye runs to silver in marathon
Dutchman Abdi Nageeye has won silver in the marathon of the Tokyo Olympics. The gold went to Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who extended his Olympic marathon title.
The Kenyan world record holder was convincingly the best in and around Sapporo. He completed the classic 42.195 kilometers in 2 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Nageeye won the sprint for silver ahead of Belgian Bashir Abdi.
For 32-year-old Nageeye, it is the best marathon result of his career. He finished fourth in the Rotterdam Marathon in 2019, when he improved the Dutch record to 2.06.17. Nageeye finished eleventh in the Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro and improved that performance in Tokyo.
Kipchoge left the other leaders behind at more than 30 kilometers and proved with a long solo that he is still the best marathon runner of the moment, even in the exhausting conditions of Sapporo. The 36-year-old Kenyan world record holder with 2.01.39 and also the only athlete to run under 2 hours in a special marathon, is the third athlete to win the marathon gold twice after the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila and the former East German Waldemar Cierpinski. knows how to win.
In the pursuit of the runaway Kipchoge, Nageeye had to leave a gap to a threesome with Abdi, Kenyan Lawrence Cherono and Spaniard Ajad Lamdassem, but he fought back nicely. In the final sprint to the finish, Nageeye urged his Belgian training mate to sprint with him, after which the two passed the Kenyan Cherono for the medals.
“Like I was jogging”
For a moment Abdi Nageeye even thought of gold. He wanted to join Eliud Kipchoge when the Kenyan accelerated after more than 30 kilometers and left the leading group.
“I certainly had my doubts, but at that moment I was just having a bit of a hard time and was waiting to see if others would close the gap. When that didn’t happen I knew I had to focus on silver or bronze,” the 32-year-old athlete said afterwards. “In retrospect you think, what would have happened if I had gone with Kipchoge. But yes, that I win silver is already unbelievable. Unreal.”
The last 3 kilometers of the wear and tear through the sweltering Sapporo Nageeye experienced as if in a daze. “I still felt so good, like I was jogging. No one would sprint me out. I wanted to go 800 meters from the finish, but thought about Bashir Abdi. We are friends, we train together and in training he always runs faster than me. He was cramping, but I kept looking back and cheering him on. I wanted him to win a medal too.”
That was not easy, because the Kenyan Lawrence Cherono also ran for the medals. “A world champion, eh. Winner of the Chicago and Boston Marathons. You don’t run out of that. But I was able to pull Bashir next to me. It’s great that he took the bronze.”
The other two Dutch participants, Khalid Choukoud and Bart van Nunen, did not finish the marathon.
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The editors of NRC keeps track of the results and most important developments surrounding the Olympic Games in Tokyo every day. Today on the closing day for the last time.
Saturday was another special day for the Netherlands. The athletics team won again, taking a total of seven medals. The delegation thus broke a record from 1948, when the Netherlands achieved six athletics medals. Sifan Hassan ran to her third medal on Saturday: gold in the 10,000 meters. And the relay men surprised friend and foe by taking silver in the 4×400 meters.
With a total of ten gold medals, the Netherlands is now in eighth place in the medal standings.
Read here the entire blog from Friday 6 August back.
The closing ceremony of the Games will take place on Sunday, with Sifan Hassan carrying the Dutch flag. But first, Team NL can still be seen at, among other things, the marathon and track cycling. Harrie Lavreysen – already good for two golds – will be in action in the keirin section. Below the entire tournament program of the Netherlands, in this last week of the Games in Tokyo: