Matthew Walls wins First Velodrome Gold Medal for Britain

Matthew Walls

Tokyo: Matthew Walls won the opening scratch race of the four-event omnium and was never really challenged over the remainder of the races in winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics for Britain.

Walls finished third in the tempo race and second in the elimination race before taking a lap on the field early in the concluding points race to effectively put the gold medal out of reach.

Campbell Stewart of New Zealand gained his second lap on the field just before the race concluded, sending him soaring from out of the medals to silver. Defending champion Elia Viviani of Italy fell to bronze.

France has beaten Egypt 27-23 for a place in the final of the Olympic men’s handball tournament.

France was 5-1 down after a slow start but recovered to 13-13 at half time and squeezed out Egypt in the second half. The French will play either Spain or Denmark in Saturday’s final.

France can become the first country in 37 years to win the men’s and women’s tournaments at the same Olympics. The French women’s team faces Sweden in their semifinal game Friday.

Egypt will play for the men’s bronze medal and could become the first African nation ever to reach an Olympic handball podium.

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