Rio 2016: Elis Ligtlee victorious at Women's Keirin
Aug 13 2016 11:03 pm CET

Rio 2016: Elis Ligtlee victorious at Women's Keirin
Rio 2016: Elis Ligtlee victorious at Women's Keirin

Dutch cyclist Elis Ligtlee has won the Women's Keirin Gold Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Silver went to Great Britain's Rebecca James and Australian Anna Meares won Bronze.

The First Round was eventful with Laurine van Riessen miraculously escaping a terrible crash. The Dutch cyclist was pushed into the boarding by French rider Virgini Cueff but somehow avoided crashing into the public, keeping a margin of mere centimeters with the edge of the boarding.

In the second round, Germany's Kristina Vogel and Australia's Anna Meares won their respective heats to advance to the final as top favorites. they were joined by Ligtlee, James, Anastasiia Voinova of Russia and Liubov Basova of Ukraine.

Both semi finals were marred by crashes. Colombian Martha Bayona Pineda went down in the first heat with Tianshi Zhong getting relegated. In the second heat, Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze crashed and as such missed a chance to repeat her Bronze medal performance of 2012.

No crashes occurred in the final, in which Elis Ligtlee took the lead with two laps to go. Keeping a solid pace in the inner lane, Ligtlee refused access on the inside and kept her rivals at bay until the finish line. The gap as the riders crossed the line was 0.033 in Ligtlee's favour with James taking the Silver medal ahead of Meares.



Image: Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games logo





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