Carlin doubles personal medal tally with sprint bronze in Tokyo

IT’S double delight for Stalybridge-based cyclist Jack Carlin who has claimed his second medal at Tokyo 2020.

Carlin, 24, battled to bronze in the men’s sprint to help Team GB to their second medal of the day in the velodrome and fifth of the track cycling programme.

His first medal – a silver in the team sprint – saw him take a podium place on his Olympic debut.

He could still add another medal to his collection as he and Jason Kenny are taking part in the keirin, which begins on Saturday.

Carlin entered Friday with a shot at the gold medal but lost 2-0 in the semi-finals to Dutch world champion Harrie Lavreysen, who had already knocked out Jason Kenny in the quarter-finals.

That set up a best-of-three bronze medal contest against Denis Dmitriev of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – Tokyo 2020 Olympics – 06/08/2021 – Cycling Track – Izu Velodrome, Izu, Japan – Jack Carlin of Great Britain celebrates coming third in the men’s sprint final (Bronze)

The 24-year-old Scot went early in the first heat but showed his power to hold off Dmitriev on the final lap before nip-and-tuck second race ended with him edging across the line less than a wheel length ahead of the ROC rider.

It means Carlin is now a double Olympic medallist after being part of the men’s team sprint squad that took silver earlier in the Games.

Carlin, 24, said: “It was a tough day today, I didn’t have the same in the legs as I did yesterday but I gave it my all and managed to come away with something.

“I got 20th at the Worlds last year and I said to myself that I’d never be in that place again.

“We focused a lot on the individual event in this extra year and it paid off.”

Ahead of the keirin, and the chance to win gold, silver and bronze at Tokyo 2020, Carlin said: “What was it that Jonny Brownlee said? ‘Completed it mate”. We’ll see…'”

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