Awesome Britain’s Matt Walls is the new Olympic champion in men’s omnium. After a stellar afternoon of riding at Izu Velodrome.
Walls (153 points) finished 29 points ahead of New Zealand’s Campbell Stewart (129 points) who took silver with Italy’s Elia Viviani (124 points) settling for bronze.
While Great Britain has previously won two medals within the event with Edward Clancy (bronze at London 2012). And Check Cavendish (silver at Rio 2016), it’s the primary time they’ve taken gold.
Known for dominating track cycling with 35 gold medals. The third most by any country of all time, it was as it were Wall’s decoration too flagged Awesome Britain’s. To begin with, gold in track cycling of Tokyo 2020
“It means a lot. It’s beautiful cool to be the primary one to induce the gold,” Walls said. “It’s been carnage essentially this Olympics but it’s truly cool to come away with the gold.”
With the men’s omnium showing up fair for fair the third time at the Olympic Games, the event highlights four races: the scratch, beat (a new race for Tokyo 2020), the end, and in conclusion the points.
After solid finishes within the scratch (to begin with – 40 points), rhythm (third – 36 points), and the disposal (moment – 38 points), Walls headed into the points race – a 100 lap race with 10 sprints where cyclists can gain points – had a contract lead over the Netherlands Jan Willem van Schip and France’s Benjamin Thomas.
With 30 laps to go, as it were riders within the best 10 had overseen to score points as Viviani. The reigning Olympic winner within the event, but the weight on Walls, who had a 28 point advantage generally on the Italian.
“I got a bit of a gap and thought ‘oh well, I’ll commit to it now,” Walls said. “But the legs harmed after that for beyond any doubt and there was still very a long way to go. I wasn’t too beyond any doubt if that was going to work out or not but it worked out within the end.”
As for Viviani, who was within the silver medal position, he was pipped for a moment late on by Stewart and pushed down to the bronze medal position.