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Namita Singh,Jamie Braidwood
Sunday 08 August 2021 16:31
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Laura Kenny becomes first British woman to win gold at three Olympics

As the Tokyo Olympics comes to an end, the 16th and final day of the Games has not been without its drama. With two late golds, Team GB have now equalled their medal tally of 65 from the home Games of London 2012, and the USA have overtaken China at the top of the table.

Cyclist Jason Kenny won Team GB’s first gold of the day with an extraordinary performance in the keirin final. He started at the front and saw a gap, tearing away with more than three laps to go – and the chasing pack simply couldn’t keep up. It makes him the most decorated Briton in Olympic history, with an unmatched seven gold medals.

Hopes were also high for Laura Kenny, who was looking to wrap up her Games with a second gold in Tokyo in the women’s omnium. The reigning champion was initially leading the race before she suffered an early blow after being involved in a huge crash in the opening scratch race. She was able to ride on but unable to climb back up the leaderboard, with Team USA’s Jennifer Valente eventually claiming gold.

In the boxing, Lauren Price has also taken gold for Team GB in her women’s middleweight final against China’s Li Qian at the Kokugikan Arena. It denies China the opportunity to match Team USA on 39 golds – with the Americans winning both the women’s basketball and volleyball today.

Earlier, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the final athletics event of Tokyo 2020 with a commanding performance in the men’s marathon in Sapporo, winning his second straight gold medal after the Rio marathon and cementing his place among the all-time greats of the sport.

Follow all the latest news, results and medals below.

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Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny wins keirin gold

Jason Kenny of Team GB has won an historic gold medal, dominating the keirin final in extraordinary fashion to reclaim the title he also won in Rio 2016. In the process, Kenny becomes the first Briton to win seven Olympic gold medals.

Mohd Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia took the silver medal, with Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands in third for bronze.

Namita Singh8 August 2021 04:19
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Tokyo Olympics: Canada win gold in women’s track cycling sprint

Kelsey Mitchell of Canada has won the gold medal in the Olympic women’s track cycling sprint, beating Olena Starikova of Ukraine who takes the silver medal.

Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong takes bronze after beating Emma Hinze of Germany.

Namita Singh8 August 2021 04:10
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Tokyo Olympics: Laura Kenny left with mountain to climb

Team GB’s Laura Kenny, one of the favourites for the omnium, is out early in the elimination race and finishes 13th. The defending champion, who crashed in the opening scratch, had rekindled GB hopes after finishing first in the tempo race, but now sits ninth in the overall points table and only has the final points race to go to salvage any chance of a medal.

Team USA’s Jennifer Valente, who finished fourth in the elimination, is now comfortably leading on overall score.

Namita Singh8 August 2021 03:58
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Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny through to keirin final

Team GB’s defending champion Jason Kenny has won his semi-final in the men’s keirin, making his way to the final. Matthew Glaetzer of Australia took the second spot while Jair Tjon En Fa of Suriname finished third, giving him the chance to win his country’s first medal since Barcelona 1992.

Jason Kenny of Team Great Britain and Matthew Glaetzer of Team Australia sprint during the Men's keirin semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on 8 August 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan

Namita Singh8 August 2021 03:35
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Tokyo Olympics: Laura Kenny wins tempo race

Laura Kenny, who crashed in the opening scratch, moves up the standings after winning the tempo race. She wins 40 points for the overall omnium competition while Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands finished second, earning 38 points. Jennifer Valente, who led the scratch event, took third spot and 34 points.

Laura Kenny of Team Great Britain after falling during the Women's Omnium scratch race, 1 round of 4 of the track cycling on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on 8 August 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan

Namita Singh8 August 2021 03:20
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Tokyo Olympics: Serbia win bronze in women's volleyball

Serbia, who had won the silver medal in volleyball in the 2016 Rio Olympics, sealed a place for themselves on the podium for the second consecutive year after they beat South Korea in straight sets in the third place play-off, thereby winning bronze.

Serbia crushed South Korea to win 25-18 25-15 25-15.

Team Serbia celebrates after defeating Team South Korea in the Women's Bronze Medal Match on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena on 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Namita Singh8 August 2021 03:09
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Tokyo Olympics: Laura Kenny involved in huge crash in omnium

Hopes were pinned on Laura Kenny, who is looking to wrap up her Games with a second gold in Tokyo in the women’s omnium. The reigning champion was initially leading the race before she suffered an early blow after being involved in a huge crash in the opening scratch race.

The pile-up took down Kenny along with nine other riders and she was unable to finish the race, which was won by Jennifer Valente of the USA.

Kenny was able to walk away from the crash and is expected to continue in the other races. She and the other riders involved in the pile-up have been awarded the same number of points, 16. This puts Kenny 24 points behind the leader with three events to go.

Several cyclist crash during the Women's Omnium scratch race, 1 round of 4 of the track cycling on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on 8 August 2021 in Izu, Shizuoka, Japan

Namita Singh8 August 2021 03:08
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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live blog on the 16th and final day of the Tokyo Olympics.

Namita Singh8 August 2021 02:46

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