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Track cycling, Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Team GB’s Jason Kenny, Jack Carlin and Katy Marchant all back on track – live updates

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Yuta Wakimoto and Jason Kenny – Track cycling, Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Team GB’s Jason Kenny, Jack Carlin, and Katy Marchant all back on track – live updates – PA

06:57 am

Men’s sprint: Team GB rider Carlin reaches quarter-finals

After a slow start with Sébastien Vigier leading the way while peering over his right shoulder, starring into the eyes of Jack Carlin, the 24-year-old Scot overhauled the Frenchman with apparent ease. As Jason Kenny said yesterday, he looks perfect and, possibly, Team GB’s best chance of winning this event.

06:53 am

Lavreysen strolls through to the next round

In the second match-up between Dutch and Malaysian riders, world champion Harrie Lavreysen got the better of Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom to join Jeffrey Hoogland in the quarter-finals.

06:51 am

Hoogland into the quarter-finals

Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) progresses to the quarter-finals after beating Azizulhasni Awang, the Malaysian is through to the repechages.

06:48 am

Now let’s move over to the men’s sprint.

The winner of each heat will qualify for the quarter-finals, while the losers go through to the repechages where they will get a second bite of the cherry. Once the quarter-final line-ups are decided, the format reverts to a best-of-three race between each pair, while the semi-final races and the all-important medal races are tomorrow.

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Dutchmen Jeffrey Hoogland and Harrie Lavreysen, who set the fastest two times in qualifying on Wednesday – both completed their flying 200-meter laps in 9.215sec – are looking to be in imperious form. At the same time, Jack Carlin (below) may be Britain’s strongest sprinter.

Jack Carlin – REUTERS

Speaking after the opening day of competition in the men’s sprint, Jason Kenny, the defending Olympic champion, backed Carlin, saying he stood the best chance of the two to win a medal on Friday.

“Jack is powerful and is in a perfect position,” Kenny said of the 24-year-old Scot. “He’s definitely our best chance. The Dutch boys are fast, a little quicker, but Jack’s got the edge in racing. He’s a good racer, and if he keeps it together, he’s in a perfect position.”

06:45 am

Scratch race | Team GB rider Walls takes early lead

Matthew Walls (Great Britain) won the opening event after rolling over the line in third place and gaining afield as part of that five-man breakaway. A perfect start for the 23-year-old who plies his trade for Bora-Hansgrohe during the road season. Walls was third in this event at the 2020 world championships, so one suspects Elia Viviani will be very concerned about that.

06:42 am

Scratch race | 10 laps to go

Benjamin Thomas (France), Jan-Willem van Schip (Netherlands), Matthew Walls (Great Britain), and Artyom Zakharov (Kazakhstan) bridge over to Niklas Larsen (Denmark) with the quintet gaining half a lap on the field.

06:40 am

Scratch race | 15 laps to go

Niklas Larsen (Denmark) puts in a dig off the front, but he has his work cut out – he has only gained around a quarter of a lap thus far.

06:37 am

Scratch race | 25 laps to go

David Maree and Szymon Sajnok are reeled back in. Elia Viviani (Italy) briefly sits on the front, the reigning omnium champion from five years ago has a look around the field to monitor what’s what.

06:35 am

And they’re off . . .

Straight from the gun

Kenny De Ketele, the Belgian six-day specialist, moves to the front of the field, but the group has plenty of rotations. David Maree (South Africa) clips five laps into the race, taking Szymon Sajnok (Poland).

06:30 am

Men’s omnium: The scratch race . . .

All 20 riders are lined up on the track, half of the field along the inner sprinter’s rail, while the others are next to the outer railing near the seated stands inside this 3,600 capacity velodrome that has a reduced number of spectators (900) inside it during the Games.

Of all of the events in the omnium, the 10km scratch race is possibly the most straightforward, with it pretty much being the first rider over the line that wins. No extra points are earned for lapping the field, and there are no mid-race sprints where bonuses can be made. However, riders can gain laps on the field to ensure they cannot be beaten by any of their rivals in the bunch, while anybody who is lapped twice may be withdrawn, leading to a points deduction.

05:40 am

Morning

Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from the fourth day of the Olympics track cycling at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka, Japan. Following yesterday’s extraordinary men’s team pursuit final in which Italy beat world champions Denmark to win their first gold medal in the discipline in the event since 1960, all eyes will be on another Italian this morning.

Five years after winning Olympic gold in the men’s omnium, Elia Viviani gets his title defense underway at 7.30 am (BST) in the new-look four-format of the multi-discipline event. The men’s omnium no longer contested the scratch, tempo, elimination, and points races over two days.

Elia Viviani – AP

However, Viviani cannot expect a cakewalk today and will face 19 opponents woken up today in Japan dreaming of gold. For Viviani to take home the title, he must first beat Kenny De Ketele (Belgium), Niklas Larsen (Denmark), Roger Kluge (Germany), Mark Downey (Ireland), Artyom Zakharov (Kazakhstan), Jan-Willem van Schip (Netherlands), Aaron Gate (New Zealand), Théry Schir (Switzerland), Gavin Hoover (United States), Sam Welsford (Australia), Andreas Müller (Austria), Yauheni Karaliok (Belarus), Albert Torres (Spain), Benjamin Thomas (France), Matthew Walls (Great Britain), Christos Volikakis (Greece), Eiya Hashimoto (Japan), Szymon Sajnok (Poland) and David Maree (South Africa). It may not have as many big names as were in Rio – and we are thinking about Mark Cavendish and Fernando Gaviria here – but there will be an awful lot of talent and experience on the show today.

Aside from the omnium, the men’s sprint competition concludes with Team GB riders Jack Carlin and Jason Kenny, both in action, reigning world champion Harrie Lavreysen and fellow Dutchman Jeffrey Hoogland. The women’s keirin quarter-finals, semi-finals, and medal races also take place today, with British hopes resting on the shoulders of Katy Marchant, who took home a bronze medal from Rio in the event. Strap yourselves in folks, it’s going to be hectic.

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