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Men's Keirin

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: GBR Chris Hoy
Silver: GBR Ross Edgar
Bronze: JPN Kiyofumi Nagai

Summary

Twenty-five racers started the keirin, but all eyes were on Chris Hoy, the 2007-08 World Champion, who had already won gold in Beijing in the team sprint. The event was overshadowed by the the failure of three pre-race favorites – former World Champion Teun Mulder of the Netherlands was disqualified in the first-round repêchage; his teammate, Theo Bos, who did not finish the second semi-final, crashing over Kamil Kuczyński, when he fell; and defending Olympic champion Ryan Bayley of Australia, who finished last in the first semi. Hoy made it to the final without being challenged, winning both his rounds. His biggest challengers in the final looked to be Australian Shane Kelly and France’s Arnaud Tournant, but the final was all Hoy, who jumped into the lead shortly after derny exited the track and could not be caught. His teammate, Ross Edgar, outsprinted Japan’s Kiyofumi Nagai for the silver medal, with Kelly placing fourth and Tournant sixth. Keirin is very popular in Japan, where pari-mutuel betting is permitted on the races, but this was the first keirin medal by a Japanese cyclist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chris Hoy 32 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Ross Edgar 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Kiyofumi Nagai 25 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Shane Kelly 36 Australia AUS
5 Carsten Bergemann 29 Germany GER
6 Arnaud Tournant 30 France FRA
7 Grégory Baugé 23 France FRA
8 Ryan Bayley 26 Australia AUS
9 Josiah Ng 28 Malaysia MAS
10 Mohd Azizulhasni Awang 20 Malaysia MAS
11 Kamil Kuczyński 23 Poland POL
12 Theo Bos 24 Netherlands NED
13T Denis Špička 19 Czech Republic CZE
13T Maximilian Levy 21 Germany GER
13T Christos Volikakis 20 Greece GRE
13T Andriy Vynokurov 25 Ukraine UKR
17T Feng Yong 22 China CHN
17T Thanos Mantzouranis 26 Greece GRE
17T Ricardo Lynch 23 Jamaica JAM
17T Denis Dmitriyev 22 Russia RUS
21T Toshiaki Fushimi 32 Japan JPN
21T Teun Mulder 27 Netherlands NED
21T Sergey Polinsky 26 Russia RUS
21T Giddeon Massie 26 United States USA
25 Roberto Chiappa 34 Italy ITA