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Lauriane Genest rides to bronze in women’s keirin cycling at Tokyo Olympics

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Canada’s Lauriane Genest has won the bronze medal in women’s keirin cycling at the Tokyo Olympics.

Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands took home the gold, with Ellesse Andrews of New Zealand winning silver.

It’s the first medal for the 23-year-old from Levis, Que., and Canada’s first in the velodrome at the Tokyo Olympics — as well as Canada’s first-ever medal in keirin.

Another Canadian, Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta., came in fifth.

Keirin is an eight-lap track cycling event, in which the riders stay behind a motorized pace bike for the first few laps as they slowly get up to speed, exploding in a sprint to the finish.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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