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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Keirin

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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

Gold: NED Elis Ligtlee
Silver: GBR Becky James
Bronze: AUS Anna Meares


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 – 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. Australia’s Anna Meares won her sixth Olympic medal in what she said would be her final Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Elis Ligtlee 22 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Becky James 24 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Anna Meares 32 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Anastasiya Voynova 23 Russia RUS
5 Liubov Shulika 28 Ukraine UKR
6 Kristina Vogel 25 Germany GER
7 Lee Wai Sze 29 Hong Kong HKG
8 Lee Hye-Jin 24 South Korea KOR
9 Laurine van Riessen 28 Netherlands NED
10 Martha Bayona 20 Colombia COL
11 Zhong Tianshi 25 China CHN
12 Simona Krupeckaitė 33 Lithuania LTU
13T Stephanie Morton 25 Australia AUS
13T Darya Shmelyova 21 Russia RUS
13T Natasha Hansen 26 New Zealand NZL
13T Kate O'Brien 28 Canada CAN
17T Virginie Cueff 28 France FRA
17T Helena Casas 28 Spain ESP
17T Gong Jinjie 29 China CHN
17T Lisandra Guerra 28 Cuba CUB
21T Olqa Panarina-İsmayılova 30 Azerbaijan AZE
21T Tania Calvo 24 Spain ESP
21T Sandie Clair 28 France FRA
21T Shannon McCurley 24 Ireland IRL
25T Monique Sullivan 27 Canada CAN
25T Miriam Welte 29 Germany GER
25T Liv Podmore 19 New Zealand NZL