Netherlands Sets New Olympic Record in Men’s Cycling Team Sprint

Netherlands set a new Olympic record after winning gold in the men’s cycling team sprint at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo on Aug. 3.

The Dutch team of Roy van den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen, and Jeffrey Hoogland — who won the last three world championship titles — finished the race in record time of 41.369 seconds.

With their victory, the Dutch trio ended their country’s 85-year gold medal drought and also made their country the first to be crowned Olympic champions while being reigning world champions since France at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“We are three times world champion. We are top of the top world riders, and we had each other to keep the level high. Sometimes that was hard, but at the end it was all worth it,” Hoogland said, according to the official website of the Olympics.

The Dutch trio also ended Great Britain’s dominance in the event.

Great Britain, who won the last three gold medals in the event, finished silver with a time of 44.589 seconds. The British trio were Jack Carlin, Jason Kenny, and Ryan Owens.

The French team of Florian Grengbo, Sebastien Vigier, and Rayan Helal won their second consecutive Olympic bronze in the event with a time of 42.331 after defeating Australia.

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