Team USA’s Kristin Armstrong makes history with third-straight gold in time trials

Kristin Armstrong embraces son Lucas after winning gold in the women's Cycling Time Trial for the third consecutive Olympics

Team USA’s Kristin Armstrong won an unprecedented third-straight gold medal in the women’s individual time trials. The 42-year old, who turns 43 tomorrow, beat Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya by over five seconds on the slick track. Road race gold medalist Anna van der Breggen finished third taking the bronze medal.

Armstrong laid on the wet road with what appeared to be a nosebleed after crossing the finish line with a time of 44:26.42. She was joined by her son Lucas shortly after.

After her first gold in Beijing, Armstrong actually retired from the sport to become a mother, but returned for the London Games to successfully defend her title. Armstrong is the first ever American woman to win the same individual event at three-straight Olympic Games and she’s the oldest female cycling medalist of all time.

Zabelinskaya, who won bronze in both the road race and the time trial in 2012, finished behind Armstrong. She, like many other Russian athletes, failed a test for performance enhancing drugs and served an 18 month suspension in 2014.
Belgium’s van der Breggen came just short of making history herself by being the first cyclist to win the road race and the time trials in the same Olympic Games.

Rain and heavy winds made an already difficult track extremely challenging. Right from the start, the cyclists had to tread cautiously down the slick start ramp. Most cyclists experienced slipping; Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands slid off the road into the wooded area early in her run, but still ended up finishing fourth.

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