Tokyo 2020 - Laura Kenny left with slim medal hopes after early elimination in third omnium race
GB's Kenny was eliminated seventh to leave herself on 72 points, 38 down on leader Jennifer Valente of the USA. Clara Copponi (France) took victory in the elimination race, while there was also a surprise early exit for Kirsten Wild. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
Amalie Dideriksen of Team Denmark, Kirsten Wild of Team Netherlands, Yumi Kajihara of Team Japan, Elisa Balsamo of Team Italy, Jiali Liu of Team China, Holly Edmondston of Team New Zealand, Clara Copponi of Team France, Laura Kenny of Team Great Britain,
Laura Kenny and Kirsten Wild were both eliminated earlier than anticipated in the third discipline of the omnium.
The USA's Jennifer Valente maintained her place at the head of the field after a dramatic elimination race, though Japan's reigning world champion Yumi Kajihara remains a home hope just two points behind in second.
In a major set back to her medal hopes, Great Britain's Kenny was caught out early and eliminated seventh.
"She was caught at the bottom with nowhere to sprint," Eurosport and discovery+ commentator Joanna Rowsell said of her former teammate Kenny's elimination.
This is normally her speciality. Let's hope she is ok.
The result leaves Kenny down in 13th with extremely slim hopes of a medal, needing a miracle at the Izu Velodrome in the points race to overturn a mammoth deficit.
Nineteen riders started the elimination race with Belgium's Lotte Kopecky not starting after stepping off her bike in the tempo race.
Britain's Laura Kenny, Ireland's Emily Kay, France's Clara Copponi and Belgium's Lotte Kopecky crash during the women's track cycling omnium scratch race during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on August 8, 2021.
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Tatsiana Sharakova of Belarus was the first rider eliminated, while there was a big shock as Annette Edmondson (Australia) exited second after getting her positioning all wrong.
After the drama of Kenny and Wild's elimination, Valente appeared in cruise control as she made the final group of four.