The 27-year-old survived a late crash within the multi-format race to punch into the document books and suitably reward years of preparation and the stress of taking part in anchor level to the ladies’s U.S. monitor workforce competing in Tokyo.
“Olympic gold … the sound of it, I can’t recover from it,” Valente stated on the end.
“I feel there have been 100 totally different feelings operating via me and the most important factor is that none of them had set in but. I don’t know if they’ve nonetheless set in, or understanding what it means to be an Olympic champion. It’s been actually emotional and it’s been an extended 5 years, and I’m so pleased with this outcome.”
Valente’s standout Omnium victory over Yumi Kajihara (Japan) and Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) earned the USA its solely biking gold medal of the Tokyo Video games.
Right here’s a have a look at the dramatic day of racing.