Laura Kenny suffered a huge crash in a dramatic high-speed collision at the Tokyo
Olympics. The 29-year-old was able to continue but her hopes of a sixth Olympic
gold were tarnished beyond repair in the elimination race, where an early exit left
her needing a miracle to make the podium.
Despite recovering to finish sixth overall, Kenny’s reign as omnium champion was
ended by Jennifer Valente of the United States. , who took gold ahead of Japan’s Yumi
Kajihara and the Netherland’s Kirsten Wild.
Kenny had won two of the four events in the omnium, but it wasn’t enough as she
finished the omnium in sixth place.
Kenny has been selected as Great Britain’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony of the
Olympics in Tokyo.
Earlier in the tournament, Kenny claimed her fifth Olympic title and became the first
British woman to win gold at three successive Games after victory in the women’s
Madison alongside Katie Archibald.
Speaking after the victory, Kenny said: ‘It’s an absolute honour to be selected as the
Team GB flag bearer for the Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony, and it rounds off my
‘The past 18 months have been tough for everyone, and I really hope me and my
Team GB teammates have given the nation something to celebrate.
‘It hasn’t quite sunk in that I am now Britain’s most successful female athlete, all I
know is that I’ve worked so hard to be here and I couldn’t have done it without the
support of my family, friends and everyone at British Cycling.’