Day 14 Olympics Round-Up: Kenny Becomes First Female Brit To Win At Three Games

The cyclist has now won
16:45, 06 Aug 2021

We are in the final straight of the spectacle that is Tokyo 2020 and while this great Olympics is drawing to a close, there are still amazing things happening on the other side of the world.

Here are the best bits from day 14 at Tokyo 2020.

Laura Kenny makes history

Cyclist Laura Kenny became the first British female to win gold at three Olympic Games as she and Katie Archibald became the madison champions in Tokyo. The pair have competed together in this event since 2019 and they collected the European silver medal in the same year. But they delivered their best performance in Tokyo as they won the opening three sprints of the 120-lap, 30km event.

The duo won 10 of the 12 sprints available and they were able to gain a lap, earning 20 points alongside Denmark and the Russian Olympic Committee, who took the silver and bronze respectively.

Kate French takes modern pentathlon gold

There was another gold for Great Britain in the pentathlon, taking their tally to 18, as 30-year-old Kate French’s controlling run in the final event was enough to make her the Olympic champion.

In the laser run, French started off in fifth place but she was able to lead the pack during the second running section and her position never looked in doubt after that. She finished more than 15 seconds ahead of London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania who took the silver medal.

It was a great all-round performance for the Team GB star which got her the gold. She set a personal best in the 200m freestyle swimming as she went on to record an Olympic-record points total of 1,385.

Muir takes 1500m silver

Britain’s Laura Muir ran brilliantly in the women’s 1500m to take the silver, smashing the British record in the process as Kenyan Faith Kipygeon retained her Olympic title.

The 28-year-old Scot pounced on a tiring Sifan Hassan, the Dutch star who claimed the 10,000m gold earlier in the week, and Muir flew past her to finish comfortably in second for the silver. She recorded a time of three minutes 54.50 seconds to beat her 2016 British record of 3:55.22.

Canada win football gold on penalties

The Canada women’s football team took the gold medal after defeating Sweden 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring in the first half before Canada equalised through a Jessie Fleming penalty in the second half. In a penalty shoot-out which featured seven missed efforts, it was 20-year-old Julia Grosso who stepped up to score the winning penalty.

Allyson Felix makes history

USA’s Allyson Felix became the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time by winning the 400m bronze, taking her Olympic medal tally to 10.

The 35-year-old’s strong performance earned her bronze and with it she passed Jamaican legend Merlene Ottey’s tally of nine Olympic medals. Felix’s personal total is comprised of six golds, three silvers and today’s bronze.

Boxer Price to contest for gold

Team GB boxer Lauren Price will fight for the women’s middleweight gold medal after she progressed to the final on a split decision against Dutch fighter Nouchka Fontijn. She will now prepare for Sunday’s final, in which she will face China’s 2018 world champion Li Qian.

Daley one step closer to individual stardom

Diver Tom Daley has progressed to the men’s individual 10m platform semi-final. The 27-year-old collected his first Olympic gold medal in the synchronised 10m platform alongside Matty Lee last week.

The Plymouth-born diver is chasing his fourth Olympic medal and his second in the men’s 10m platform, and he will have his eyes on a double gold at Tokyo 2020.

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