TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES – TRACK

The final cycling discipline of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is in full swing, and many would argue the most binge-worthy!

Our 2021 African Continental Champions, are ready to flex their quads and give it their all in their Olympic Games debut. Go Team SA!

Charlene Du Preez – Women’s Kierin & Sprint
Jean Spies – Men’s Kierin & Sprint

David Maree – Men’s Omnium

𝗦𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗧

The Sprint may very well be the purest form of bike racing. Two riders compete in a series of head-to-head races over three laps of the velodrome. The two riders start next to each other from a standing start. The first rider to cross the finish line wins the race, and the rider who wins the best of three races wins the match.

𝗞𝗘𝗜𝗥𝗜𝗡 

The Keirin event originated in Japan, where track cycling is incredibly popular. It’s a mass-start event that sees a group of six riders line up next to each other along the start line. The first half of the race is ridden behind a pacer on a motorbike. The pacer increases the speed with each lap until it reaches 50km/h and pulls off the track with two-and-a-half laps to ride. The final two-and-a-half laps are an all-out sprint for the finish line, with speeds regularly reaching more than 70km/h.

𝗢𝗠𝗡𝗜𝗨𝗠 

The Omnium is a competition for individual riders and consists of a medley of four unique mass-start races. Riders receive points based on their results in each race, and the rider with the most cumulative points after all four racers is the winner. The entire Omnium competition will take place over the course of a day.

𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟰 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁
08h30 – 12h00
Men’s Sprint Qualifiers – Jean Spies

Women’s Keirin Qualifiers – Charlene Du Preez

𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟱 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁
08h30 – 12h00
Men’s Sprint Qualifiers – Jean Spies
Women’s Keirin Qualifiers – Charlene Du Preez

Men’s Omnium – David Maree

08h30 Men’s Omnium – Event 1, Scratch Race
09h27 Men’s Omnium – Event 2, Tempo Race
10h07 Men’s Omnium – Event 3, Elimination Race

10h45 Women’s Keirin Final 1- 6
10h55 Men’s Omnium – Event 4, Points Race

𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟲 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁
08h30 – 12h30
Men’s Sprint Rounds – Jean Spies

Women’s Sprint Rounds – Charlene Du Preez

11h00 Men’s Sprint Finals – Race 1

11h35 Men’s Sprint Finals – Race 2
11h50 Men’s Sprint Finals – Decider

𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟳 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁
08h30 – 11h30

Men’s Keirin Rounds – Jean Spies
Women’s Sprint Rounds – Charlene Du Preez

𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟴 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁
10h00 – 13h00
Men’s Keirin Rounds – Jean Spies

Woman’s Sprint Rounds – Charlene Du Preez

11h20 Women’s Sprint Finals – Race 1
11h45 Women’s Sprint Finals – Race 2

12h00 Men’s Keirin Final 1 – 6
12h25 Women’s Sprint Finals – Decider

Catch all the action in Tokyo on SuperSport.
 

More information on the start lists, race updates and official reports can be found at olympics.com

Images: Brigitte Mileson

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