Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Velodrome, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 13, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016
The keirin was believed to be the most open of all Olympic track cycling events and a case could be made for any number of women to be in contention for the podium. World champion [Kristina Vogel] of Germany, youthful Dutch European title holder [Elis Ligtlee], [Anastasiya Voynova], veteran Australian [Anna Meares], the Chinese pair that had just won the team sprint in Rio â the list of contenders seemed endless. Though the Chinese riders were eliminated before the final, all the other favourites were all present.
Vogel took out the lead in the final but she faltered in the final stages, leaving Ligtlee to hold off the fast charging [Becky James] of Great Britain for the win. Ligtlee had only just qualified for the final after a fall by a Colombian rider had opened up space after she appeared trapped behind her opponents. Second placed James had appeared to be the next star in the sport back in 2013, when she won World Championship medals in four events, but major knee and shoulder injuries and a cancer scare had left her off the track for the best part of three years. Australiaâs Anna Meares won her sixth Olympic medal in what she said would be her final Olympics.
|2||Becky James||24||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|7||Lee Wai Sze||29||Hong Kong||HKG|
|8||Lee Hye-Jin||24||South Korea||KOR|
|9||Laurine van Riessen||28||Netherlands||NED|
|13T||Natasha Hansen||26||New Zealand||NZL|
|25T||Liv Podmore||19||New Zealand||NZL|