Team USA’s Hammer takes silver in women’s omnium

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Four years after taking silver in the women’s omnium, American cyclist Sarah Hammer duplicated that feat on Tuesday.

Hammer finished behind Great Britain’s Laura Trott in the race for gold, with Trott accumulating a total of 230 points to Hammer’s 206. Both scored 34 points in the points race, the final of the competition, with that being enough to secure a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event for Trott.

Taking bronze was Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium, who hung onto that spot despite tallying just 27 points in the points race. But better performances in the prior races helped her take bronze, with better points races by Lauren Ellis of New Zealand and Amalie Didericksen of Denmark. Trott and Hammer both won two medals in Rio, with Trott being part of the team that took gold in the team pursuit and Hammer taking silver in that event.

In the women’s sprint Britons took silver and bronze, with Germany’s Kristina Vogel taking gold. Vogel, who took gold in the team pursuit in London, now has two medals in these Olympics as Germany took bronze in the team sprint. Rebecca James, who took silver in the keirin, took silver in the sprint with countrywoman Katy Marchant taking bronze by defeating Elis Lightee of the Netherlands.

Vogel maintained her speed on the final sprint lap despite losing her bike seat on the approach to the finish line.