Jason Kenny will be back in the velodrome for men’s sprint qualifying – Getty Images
Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from the third day of the Olympics track cycling at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka, Japan. Following what was an action-packed session on Tuesday that was full of drama, intrigue and world-record beating performances, some riders will return to the boards today while others will make their first appearances at this year’s Games. As you can see from the below schedule, racing gets under way at 7.30 am (BST) when athletes from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russian Olympic Committee, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago do their men’s sprint qualifying races. For those of a British persuasion, Team GB riders, Jack Carlin and Jason Kenny will be in action with the latter being the last to ride due to his status as the reigning champion.
Sticking with the theme of sprinting, the women’s keirin first-round heats follow over five races, featuring Briton Katy Marchant in the first race of the session. After some more men’s sprint races and women’s keirin repechages, it will be the turn of the endurance riders to take center stage in the men’s team pursuit finals where Britain will scrap with Switzerland over who claims the seventh spot, before at 10.06 am Italy go up against Denmark in what should be a fiercely contested race for the title – the only gold medal race of the day. The day’s session will be rounded off by more men’s sprint heats, concluding in four rounds of repechages.