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Olympics: Lavreysen beats Hoogland in all-Dutch men's Sprint final

Harrie Lavreysen beat his fellow Dutchman Jeffrey Hoogland to win gold in the men’s sprint at the Tokyo Olympics. Hoogland claimed the first race in the final before Lavreysen pipped him to the line after a gripping joust in the second.

The third and decisive race proved just as tense but Lavreysen’s power proved decisive in the final lap and he claimed his second gold medal of the Games after he and Hoogland had formed part of the Netherlands’ winning effort in the team sprint.

Lavreysen and Hoogland clocked the same time in qualifying and there was little to separate them as they made their way through the rounds. There was little to separate them either in their track record, though Lavreysen was perhaps the most marginal of favourites for gold given that he led his teammate 6-5 in their previous head-to-head match-ups.

However, Lavreysen found himself on the back foot after the opening sprint, where Hoogland hit the front early and held off his fast-closing compatriot to take the decision.

Hoogland looked on the brink of gold in their second sprint and he led off the final bend, but Lavreysen managed to squeeze his way past at the death to set up the third and decisive sprint.

After a cagy opening couple of laps, Lavreyesen hit the front with purpose on the last lap. He led into the final bend and he claimed a convincing victory to take gold ahead of Hoogland.

In the race for bronze, Jack Carlin (Great Britain) showcased his talent by defeating Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic Committee) 2-0. The Briton was a confident winner of the opening sprint, though the contest was rather tighter the second time around. Dmitriev tried valiantly to overhaul Carlin off the final bend but he couldn’t quite make it around his opponent.

Dutch dominance

It would be an all-Dutch contest for the gold medal in the men's Sprint at the Tokyo Olympic Games, with the top qualifiers Harry Lavreysen and Jeffrey Hoogland both needing only the first two heats of their semi-finals to secure their place in the competition for the top two medals. 

In the first Sprint semi-finals heat of the night both the Dutch riders came out on top with Hoogland overcoming his opponent, Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic Committee) while Lavyreysen narrowly beat Jack Carlin (Great Britain). Then when it came to the second semi-final in the best of three and it was an extremely tight fish with the Dmitriev trying to come from behind in the final lap, but Hoogland held him off and secured his place in the gold medal final with his second run.

The pressure was on when Carlin lined up, with the rider from Great Britain holding the hopes of a nation that had won the event at the last three Olympics. Carlin looked like he was in with a chance but then Lavyreysen made the move from behind in the final lap to make it an all Dutch final for the men’s sprint. Neither of the Dutch riders, who both already have a gold medal from the Team Sprint, needed the last heat to get through.

The gold and bronze medal deciding finals are later on Friday.

End of Kenny's reign

Jason Kenny’s reign as Olympic sprint champion came to an end after the Briton was eliminated in the quarter finals by Lavreysen. The Dutchman was joined in Friday’s semi-finals by his fellow countryman Hoogland, Carlin and Dmitriev (Russian Olympic Committee).

Lavreysen defeated Kenny 2-0 in their quarter-final match-up, consigning the Briton to the four-up sprint for the minor placings. Hoogland continued the Netherlands’ fine track session by defeating Sebastien Vigier (France).

Carlin produced a fine brace of sprints to beat Max Levy (Germany) in his quarter-final to ensure Great Britain remain in the hunt for medals on Friday, while the closest match-up of the round was between Dmitriev and Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago), with the Russian edging the contest in the third and final sprint.

The session concluded with the one-off, four-man sprint for fifth place. Kenny decided to take up his effort from distance, perhaps reckoning that he lacked the turn of pace to outmatch Levy et al, but he had to settle for 8th place and Levy took out the sprint ahead of Paul and Vigier.

“I am disappointed, but I’ve not got some kind of mad ego that can’t accept I’m not going to be the best in the world every day of the week,” Kenny said afterwards. “It’s just one of those things. I’m not where I want to be, I’m not as competitive as I want to be. I just have to accept, it. I’ve just been scrapping, trying to get as far as I can in the race in the hope of getting some silverware at the end of it, but it wasn’t to be today.”

The Briton will return to the track on Saturday for the Keirin, where he is also the defending Olympic champion.

Qualifying

After winning gold in the men’s Team Sprint and dominating the qualifying time trial round of the men’s Sprint, Dutch duo Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen used their speed to progress through the 1/32 and 1/16 rounds at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and into Thursday’s ⅛ finals. 

The 1/32 finals followed the speed hierarchy of the qualifying round but produced some thrilling sprint battles as Great Britain’s Jason Kenny clashed with Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang. 

Kenny won but Awang made it back through via the repechages and in the 1/16 round, beating Canada’s Nick Wammes. A second battle means he will face Hoogland on Thursday. Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sharom also fought back via the repechages, giving Malaysia two riders in the ⅛ finals. 

Great Britain’s Jack Carlin beat Sharom in the 1/16 as he progressed with confidence. Carlin led from a long way out to defeat Australia’s Nathan Hart in the 1/32 race and produced an audacious move to beat Sharom in the 1/16 round.

“I’m feeling good,” said Carlin. “It’s been a while since we’ve been in high, top-level competition and that blew the cobwebs away.”

Paul Nicholas of Trinidad and Tobago beat Awang in his 1/16 race, while New Zealand’s Sam Webster beat Sebastien Vigier of France. Both fought back via the repechages, while Sharom needed a second ride-off after crashing with Patryk Rajkowski of Poland. Yuta Wakimoto kept Japanese hopes alive by also coming back via the repechages.

The men’s Sprint ⅛ finals and quarterfinals will be held on Thursday, with the semi-finals and final on Friday.

Dutch double up with fastest qualifiers in men's Sprint

Dutch riders Jeffrey Hoogland and teammate Harrie Lavyreysen were the fastest qualifiers in the men’s Sprint at the Tokyo Olympic Games (opens in new tab), with both setting a time of exactly 9.215 for the 200-metre flying start and setting a new Olympic Record in the process. 

Great Britain’s Jack Carlin set the third fastest time of 9.306. Having raced before the Dutch duo, he was the first to break the Olympic Record set by Jason Kenny in Rio in 2016. World Record holder Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago) was fourth with a time of 9.316, fading slightly after a fast start.

The former Olympic Record holder and 2016 and 2012 gold medallist, Kenny, was the last rider on the track but didn’t challenge for the top spots, finishing eighth with a time of 9.510.

Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer, who was fourth in Rio, had to pull out before the event got underway, as he was unwell. He was replaced by Matt Richardson, who qualified in 21st position. 

In the qualifying round riders complete a flying 200 metre time-trial, times taken after two-and-a-half build up laps, with the fastest 24 of the 30 riders qualifying. It also determines the seeding order for the more tactical sprints ahead, starting with the 1/32 finals. The main rounds, excluding the repechages are a 1/16 finals round, 1/8 finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. They will be contested later on Wednesday and on Thursday. 

Great Britain has dominated the men’s sprint in recent Olympics, with Kenny winning the last two Olympic gold medals in the event while Chris Hoy won in Beijing in 2008 as Kenny came second. 

Men's Sprint Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) 0:00:09.215
2Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
3Jack Carlin (Great Britain) 0:00:09.306
4Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tabago) 0:00:09.316
5Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic) 0:00:09.331
6Jair Tjon en Fa (Suriname) 0:00:09.472
7Mateusz Rudyk (Poland) 0:00:09.493
8Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 0:00:09.510
9Yuta Wakimoto (Japan) 0:00:09.518
10Sebastien Vigier (France) 0:00:09.551
11Chao Xu (People's Republic of China) 0:00:09.584
12Nick Wammes (Canada) 0:00:09.587
13Stefan Boetticher (Germany) 0:00:09.593
14Patryk Rajkowski (Poland) 0:00:09.594
15Hugo Barrette (Canada) 0:00:09.596
16Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro (Colombia) 0:00:09.626
17Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
18Sam Webster (New Zealand) 0:00:09.631
19Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:09.646
20Rayan Helal (France) 0:00:09.669
21Matthew Richardson (Australia) 0:00:09.685
22Nathan Hart (Australia) 0:00:09.696
23Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia) 0:00:09.700
24Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand) 0:00:09.705
25Pavel Yakushevskiy (Russian Olympic) 0:00:09.723
26Yudai Nitta (Japan) 0:00:09.728
27Jean Spies (South Africa) 0:00:09.787
28Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) 0:00:09.856
29Sergey Ponomaryov (Kazakhstan) 0:00:09.932
30Kwesi Browne (Trinidad & Tabago) 0:00:09.966

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) 0:00:09.821
2Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) 0:00:10.005
2Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Carlin (Great Britain) 0:00:09.829
2Nathan Hart (Australia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tabago) 0:00:09.824
2Matthew Richardson (Australia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic) 0:00:09.859
2Rayan Helal (France)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:09.922
2Jair Tjon en Fa (Suriname)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Webster (New Zealand) 0:00:10.099
2Mateusz Rudyk (Poland)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 0:00:09.791
2Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuta Wakimoto (Japan) 0:00:09.997
2Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro (Colombia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastien Vigier (France) 0:00:10.182
2Hugo Barrette (Canada)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 11
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patryk Rajkowski (Poland) 0:00:10.465
2Chao Xu (People's Republic of China)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Final Heat 12
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nick Wammes (Canada) 0:00:10.228
2Stefan Boetticher (Germany)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Repechages Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) 0:00:10.056
2Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro (Colombia)
3Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Repechages Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia) 0:00:09.667
2Hugo Barrette (Canada)
3Mateusz Rudyk (Poland)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Repechages Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jair Tjon en Fa (Suriname) 0:00:10.016
2Chao Xu (People's Republic of China)
3Nathan Hart (Australia)

Men's Sprint 1/32 Repechages Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Boetticher (Germany) 0:00:10.030
2Rayan Helal (France)
3Matthew Richardson (Australia)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) 0:00:10.034
2Stefan Boetticher (Germany)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) 0:00:09.766
2Jair Tjon en Fa (Suriname)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Carlin (Great Britain) 0:00:09.884
2Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tabago) 0:00:09.798
2Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic) 0:00:10.127
2Nick Wammes (Canada)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:10.247
2Patryk Rajkowski (Poland)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Webster (New Zealand) 0:00:09.845
2Sebastien Vigier (France)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Final Heat 8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 0:00:09.916
2Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Repechages Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuta Wakimoto (Japan) 0:00:10.323
2Stefan Boetticher (Germany)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Repechages Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastien Vigier (France) 0:00:09.900
2Jair Tjon en Fa (Suriname)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Repechages Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia) 0:00:10.317
2Patryk Rajkowski (Poland)

Men's Sprint 1/16 Repechages Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) 0:00:10.131
2Nick Wammes (Canada)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
2Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
2Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Carlin (Great Britain)
2Sebastien Vigier (France)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tabago)
2Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic)
2Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Heat 6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Repechage Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)
3Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)

Men's Sprint 1/8 Final Repechage Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastien Vigier (France)
2Sam Webster (New Zealand)
3Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (Malaysia)

Men's Sprint Quarterfinal Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
2Sebastien Vigier (France)

Men's Sprint Quarterfinal Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
2Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Men's Sprint Quarterfinal Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Carlin (Great Britain)
2Maximilian Levy (Germany)

Men's Sprint Quarterfinal Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic)
RELNicholas tto Paul REL

Men's Sprint 5th-8th Final
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Maximilian Levy (Germany)
6Nicholas Paul (Trinidad & Tabago)
7Sebastien Vigier (France)
8Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Men's Sprint - Semifinals, Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
2Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic)

Men's Sprint - Semifinals, Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
2Jack Carlin (Great Britain)

Men's Sprint - Finals for gold
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
2Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)

Men's Sprint - Finals for bronze
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Jack Carlin (Great Britain)
4Denis Dmitriev (Russian Olympic)

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