By finishing 3rd in his keirin quarter-final, Rayan Helal advances to the semi-finals of these Tokyo Games.
Bronze medalist in the team sprint five days earlier, Rayan Helal returned to the Izu Velodrome on Sunday. Engaged in the keirin track cycling event, the resident of the US Créteil retains his chances of winning a second medal in these Games from Tokyo. The French rider finished his quarter-final in 3rd position behind Briton Jason Kenny and Colombian Quintero Chavarro. We had to finish in the top four of this six-loop race, pitting six competitors against each other.
#Tokyo2020 | 3rd of his quarter-final: @hr_helal validate their ticket for the semifinals of the keirin tournament ?️ pic.twitter.com/sb8bYJPx0D
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The women’s omnium got off to a spectacular start with two falls in the last laps of the scratch race. More than ten runners fell on the floor of the Izu Velodrome! And among them we count the French Clara Copponi as well as the title holder, the Briton Laura Kenny. It is well known that the misfortune of some makes the happiness of others. Victorious of the event, the American Jennifer Valente scored 40 points before the second event which will be the tempo race.