Rio Olympics 2016: German cyclist takes gold despite losing seat

German cyclist Kristina Vogel pedalled to a gold medal today - despite losing her bike seat along the way.

She swept past Becky James of Britain to win the individual sprint, taking out both races in the best-of-three event.

Vogel had a problem with her saddle at the start of the second race, causing a brief delay. The speed that she ultimately carried into the finish line sent the saddle clattering across the track, forcing Vogel to sit on her top tube as she rolled around for a victory lap.

She stopped on the front stretch, laid down on the track and held back the tears.

"I lost it on the last metre, it was crazy," the 25-year-old told Reuters.

"I was struggling not to crash. I just tried not to fall because at that speed you can't stand on the pedals you have to sit."

Vogel spoiled Britain's cycling party today. Jason Kenny celebrated his third gold medal of the Rio Olympics with a kiss from his fiancee - or maybe Laura Trott was simply celebrating her second gold.

Kenny rode to victory in the keirin to cap his remarkable Olympics only an hour after Trott scored victory in the omnium. The medals by British Cycling's power couple gave their team six golds and 11 overall during the track programme at the velodrome.

-AP

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