On Monday, when the track cycling programme began at the Izu Velodrome, China’s women’s team sprint squad defeated Germany in the final to defend their Olympic championship.
Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi Finished the Race
Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi finished the race in 31.895 seconds, just 0.085 seconds faster than the German team of Lea Friedrich and Emma Hinze.
Zhong, who previously won an Olympic gold medal in Rio with partner Gong Jinjie, now has two in a row.
“We told ourselves, “Just do it,” before the big game. Don’t worry about the outcome, “said Zhong, who for the past two years has nursed a sprained knee and a set of cracked ribs.
To paraphrase, “It (winning) feels extremely nice since over the previous few years I’ve been feeling quite awful and I’ve had a lot of troubles.”
Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze after taking second in Rio five years ago. They bested the Dutch team of Laurine van Riessen and Shanne Braspennincx.
Before beating Lithuania in the first round, Bao and Zhong shaved off over a tenth of a second, setting a new world record time of 31.804.
Each of China’s Two Olympic Cycling Victories has Come in the Women’s Team Sprint.
Despite breaking the world record twice at the 2012 London Olympics, the Chinese team of Gong and Guo Shuang placed second to Germany in the final and therefore missed out on the event’s inaugural gold medal.
This time, though, Bao and Zhong got a great start and maintained a lead of 0.325 seconds at the halfway point thanks to their flawless performance.
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However, despite Friedrich and Hinze’s second-lap comeback, the Chinese duo held on to win the inaugural gold medal of the track cycling competition at the Games.
Hinze admitted, “Of course, we wanted the gold medal, and we were so close.” “Even so, we’re fairly pleased with ourselves. We gave it our all, but they were just too quick.”