The bronze medal for the women’s track cycling keirin event goes to Canada’s Lauriane Genest. This is Canada’s first track cycling medal in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. At only 23 years of age and from Levis, Quebec, Genest gave everything she had on Thursday in the Izu Velodrome.
Genest was only 0.148 seconds behind first place and 0.061 seconds behind second place. Gold went to Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands and Silver went to Ellesse Andrews of New Zealand. Genest commented after the race “It’s a surprise in a way, but I think at the Olympics everyone has a shot… I really came here today not having specifically the podium in mind. I went one race after the other one. Gave everything I had.”
Genest became the second Canadian woman to win an Olympic medal in an individual track cycling race. The only other woman that has accomplished this, is Lori-Ann Muenzer who captured gold in the 2004 Olympics. Genest explains “It’s a life accomplishment, honestly… We work so hard every day. We train so hard and it’s amazing to see work pay off.”
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