Austin Murphy: Britain ends streak of omnium dominance as Denmark’s Hansen takes gold medal

By Yo

Published: August 5, 2012


LONDON — How gracious and sporting of Great Britain to share the track cycling wealth! In a startling development from the velodrome, a gold medal was up for grabs tonight, and the Brits … didn’t grab it, as they had on four out of five previous events. Felicitations to Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen, who overcame a spectacular, pinwheeling wipeout to win gold in the omnium, a strange and unnatural mash-up of six different events brought to you by the Union Cycliste International, whose unpopular overhaul of the track cycling schedule of events since the Beijing Games has failed achieve a different result: Great Britain still rules the velodrome.
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