After 13 years, Mørkøv claims Olympic gold in Madison's return

Michael Morkov celebrates winning the men's Madison
Michael Morkov celebrates winning the men's Madison (Image credit: Getty Images)

In 2008, a young Michael Mørkøv had his sights on the Olympic Games gold medal in the men's Madison in Beijing. He and Danish teammate Alex Rasmussen had won the final round of the Track World Cup in the event and had taken third in the World Championships and were the favourites for the Olympic event. But three teams snuck away and the best the Danes could do was sixth. 

The heartbreak was compounded when the Madison was removed from the Olympic programme for 2012 and 2016. But when the event returned for the Tokyo Olympics, Mørkøv, with his ace new partner Lasse Norman Hansen, had one more chance for glory and seized it with both hands on Saturday.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.