Laura Kenny has become the first British woman to win gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games.
She surpassed Dutchwoman Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel to become the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history.
Kenny took her fifth gold in the women’s Madison, alongside Katie Archibald, taking her total number of medals up to six and joining Charlotte Dujardin as the most decorated British female Olympian.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m just so glad,” Kenny said. “I’ve never wanted to win a race so badly in all my life. That was the one. I messaged Jason this morning and said, ‘I feel like my Olympics ends today.’ The one race I really wanted to do was this, and we went and did it.”
The British pair won the first three sprints on the track before extending their advantage after their main rivals and Dutch pair Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters – the reigning world champions – were caught in a crash.
Kenny and Archibald, now a two-time Olympic champion, won 10 of the 12 sprints to finish on 78 points, 43 clear of Denmark, who took silver.
She also becomes the first British woman to win five gold medals, joining Bradley Wiggins and rower Steve Redgrave on the country’s all-time list, only one behind her husband Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy.