Cycling: British domination continues on the boards

Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:11pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Three days is all it took to erase any lingering doubts about Britain's domination of track cycling.

By the time darkness falls in Rio on Sunday the powerhouse nation will have won four of the six gold medals up for grabs so far with the promise of more to come.

At this rate they will match, or even better, the seven gold medals they won on the boards of Beijing and London.

All after the year began with question marks over the form of some of the riders and continued with the resignation in April of the team's technical director Shane Sutton over allegations of sexual discrimination.

Olympic sprint champion Jason Kenny was one of the riders under scrutiny, but on Saturday he set up an all-British individual sprint final against Callum Skinner -- the set to go head-to-head after winning team gold on Thursday.

Kenny, chasing a fifth Olympic gold, scraped past Russia's Denis Dmitriev after losing the first leg of their semi-final while Skinner, who anchored the team victory on Thursday against New Zealand, saw off Australia's Matthew Glaetzer.

Shortly before that the women's team pursuit squad of Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand crushed the United States in the final, shattering the world record they had set earlier in the day in the heats.

That followed the men's team pursuit quartet's thrilling race to gold against arch rivals Australia on Friday, when Bradley Wiggins took his Olympic medal tally to eight, more than any other British Olympian.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Semifinal - Men's Sprint Semifinals Race  - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Jason Kenny (GBR) of Britain reacts.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard