Track cycling at the Olympics began on August 2 at the Izu Velodrome, and China’s women’s team sprint squad successfully defended their title by defeating Germany in the final.
In 31.895 seconds, Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi beat out the German team of Lea Friedrich and Emma Hinze.
Olympics: Cycling- China Claim Women’s Team Sprint Gold
Zhong won the Olympic title with Gong Jinjie in Rio five years ago, so this is his second gold medal in a row.
The two gold medals won by China at the Olympics have come in the women’s team sprint cycling event.
Earlier, in their first-round triumph over Lithuania, Bao and Zhong set a new world record for the team sprint with a time of 31.804.
Wang Wins China’s sixth Weightlifting Gold
China won their sixth gold medal in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics when Wang Zhouyu took first place in the women’s 87 kilogramme class on the same day.
The 27-year-total old’s of 270 kg was 7 kilogrammes more than the silver medalist, Tamara Salazar of Ecuador, who lifted 263.
Wang took the lead after her second effort at snatching 115 kilogrammes failed unexpectedly, and her third try at lifting 120 kilogrammes was successful.
Her attempt to clean and jerk 160 kg, which would have broken the world record she achieved in the 2019 global championships, was unsuccessful.
The Race of The Third Place
Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova of the Russian Olympic Committee took bronze after winning silver in Rio five years ago. They finished ahead of Laurine van Riessen and Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands.
When Bao and Zhong raced against Lithuania in the first round, they shaved over a tenth of a second off their previous world record time to set a new mark of 31.804.
The two gold medals China has won in cycling at the Olympics have both come from the women’s team sprint.
After breaking the world record twice at the 2012 London Olympics, the Chinese team of Gong and Guo Shuang placed second in the final, losing to Germany for the event’s inaugural gold medal.
Not this time, though; Bao and Zhong jumped out to an early lead and held a 0.325-0.360 second advantage at the halfway point.
Even after Friedrich and Hinze made up ground on the second lap, the Chinese duo held on to win the first gold medal in the track cycling competition at the Olympics. Thanks for reading our article Olympics: Cycling- China Claim Women’s Team Sprint Gold.