The Danish National Track Cycling Team won the bronze medal at the 4000-meter Team Pursuit on Friday night with a comfortable win against New Zealand.
The Danes qualified for the bronze final after a heart-breaking defeat in the semifinal against Australia. The team comprised of Lasse Norman Hansen, Niklas Larsen, Frederik Rodenberg Madsen and Rasmus Quaade recorded its fastest time with 3.53.542, but this result was 0,113 second behind the Australians, and was unfortunately not enough to enter the final.
“We were very disappointed to loose against Australia,” admitted Frederick Rodenberg, a few hours after the semifinal. “But we had to leave this defeat behind us and focus on the bronze, which we now have in hand.”
LASSE NORMAN HANSEN BEATS THE INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT’S OLYMPIC RECORD
Defending Champion of the omnium, Lasse Norman Hansen had a smashing start early in the day when he won the first two events of the omnium, the scratch race and the individual pursuit, for which he broke the Olympic record with a time of 4.14.982.
The day however ended with a big disappointment for the Champion when he was inadvertently the first to be eliminated in the elimination race.
The events of the men's omnium end today. Check our calendar of events for details.
ABOUT THE DANISH NATIONAL TRACK CYCLING TEAM
Back in 2008, at the Beijing Summer Games, the national track team won the silver medal of the Men’s team pursuit. Then at the 2012 London Summer Games, Lasse Norman Hansen took the gold of the Men’s omnium with a stellar performance in this gruelling event. He will now have to defend his title in the omnium at the Rio Summer Olympics and prove once again he has the fighting spirit of a Champion.