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Olympics: Dutch beat Great Britain to win men's Team Sprint gold

IZU JAPAN AUGUST 03 Roy van den Berg Harrie Lavreysen and Matthijs Buchli of Team Netherlands sprint to setting a new Olympic record ahead of Team Australia during the Mens team sprint qualifying of the Track Cycling on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 03 2021 in Izu Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The squad from the Netherlands in the Team Sprint qualifying (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Netherlands delivered on their favourite status in the men’s team sprint at the Tokyo Olympics Games taking the gold medal ahead of Great Britain with a new Olympic record of 41.369.

Jeffrey Hoogland bought it home for his Dutch teammates Roy van den Berg and Harrie Lavreysen while Great Britain’s Jack Carlin, Jason Kenny and Ryan Owens had to settle for silver with a time of 44.589. Great Britain were initially in contention but then Kenny lost contact, ending Great Britain's hopes. 

France trio of Florian Grengbo, Rayan Helal and Sebastien Vigier took bronze, with Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer quickly charging off alone making it a tough task for his teammates to maintain the pace till the end. 

Germany came fifth with Russia Olympic disqualified after two false starts. It was New Zealand and Poland who then decided seventh and eighth place, with New Zealand coming out on top.

Netherlands confirm role as favourites in qualifying 

The Netherlands confirmed their role as favourites in the men’s Team Sprint at the Tokyo Olympic Games, setting the fastest time of 42.371 in the qualifying round.  Australia produced a superb ride to set a new Olympic record of 42.371 but minutes later the team who have won the event at the last three Track World Championships, the Netherlands, did even better to show their ambitions for later in the day. 

Great Britain were last off and faster than the Netherlands for two laps only for Kenny to lose the advantage and drop to second place, just 0.097 of a second slower than the Netherlands.   

Australia finished third, with France fourth in 42.722. The eight teams are seeded for the First Round based on their qualifying times and so the Netherlands will be last to start.

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Netherlands 0:00:42.134
Roy van den Berg
Harrie Lavreysen
Matthijs Buchli
2Great Britain 0:00:42.231
Ryan Owens
Jack Carlin
Jason Kenny
3Australia 0:00:42.371
Matthew Richardson
Nathan Hart
Matthew Glaetzer
4France 0:00:42.722
Florian Grengbo
Sebastien Vigier
Rayan Helal
5New Zealand 0:00:43.066
Sam Dakin
Ethan Mitchell
Sam Webster
6Russian Olympic 0:00:43.097
Ivan Gladyshev
Denis Dmitriev
Pavel Yakushevskiy
7Germany 0:00:43.140
Timo Bichler
Stefan Boetticher
Maximilian Levy
8Poland 0:00:43.516
Mateusz Rudyk
Patryk Rajkowski
Krzysztof Maksel

Men's Team Sprint First Round Heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France 0:00:42.294
Florian Grengbo
Rayan Helal
Sebastien Vigier
2New Zealand 0:00:42.978
Sam Dakin
Ethan Mitchell
Sam Webster

Men's Team Sprint First Round Heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia 0:00:42.103
Matthew Glaetzer
Nathan Hart
Matthew Richardson
2Russian Olympic 0:00:42.915
Denis Dmitriev
Ivan Gladyshev
Pavel Yakushevskiy

Men's Team Sprint First Round Heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain 0:00:41.829
Jack Carlin
Jason Kenny
Ryan Owens
2Germany 0:00:42.733
Timo Bichler
Stefan Boetticher
Maximilian Levy

Men's Team Sprint First Round Heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Netherlands 0:00:41.431
Jeffrey Hoogland
Harrie Lavreysen
Roy van den Berg
Matthijs Buchli
2Poland 0:00:43.307
Krzysztof Maksel
Patryk Rajkowski
Mateusz Rudyk

Men's Team Sprint Final
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Netherlands 0:00:41.369
Jeffrey Hoogland
Harrie Lavreysen
Roy van den Berg
Matthijs Buchli
2Great Britain 0:00:44.589
Jack Carlin
Jason Kenny
Ryan Owens
3France 0:00:42.331
Florian Grengbo
Rayan Helal
Sebastien Vigier
4Australia 0:00:44.013
Matthew Glaetzer
Nathan Hart
Matthew Richardson
5Germany
Timo Bichler
Stefan Boetticher
Maximilian Levy
6Russian Olympic
Denis Dmitriev
Ivan Gladyshev
Pavel Yakushevskiy
7New Zealand 0:00:43.703
Ethan Mitchell
Callum Saunders
Sam Webster
Sam Dakin
8Poland 0:00:46.431
Krzysztof Maksel
Patryk Rajkowski
Mateusz Rudyk

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