Belgian madison team misses out on bronze medal

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Iljo Keisse and Kenny De Ketele take fourth place in the men’s track cycling Olympic event.

19 August 2008

BELGIUM - In the men's track cycling, Iljo Keisse and Kenny De Ketele have just missed the podium, taking fourth place in the madison.

Argentina's Juan Curuchet and Walter Perez took the gold. They had collected 8 points, one more than silver medallist Spain and two more than bronze-winning Russia. All three teams were one lap in front of the others.

Keisse and De Ketele started well, picking up points in the intermediate sprints for Belgium.

They eventually had a total of 17 points, more than any other team, but had failed to take a bonus lap during the race.

At the end of the race, it was all or nothing for Belgium. If they managed to take a bonus lap, they would take the gold. If they couldn't, they would end in fourth place.

East Fleming Keisse tried his best and took half a lap, but the Dutch team brought the field back.

Britain also disappointed
The race was not only a disappointment for Belgium, finishing just behind the podium, but also for Britain.

Heavy favourites Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins had to be content with 9th place.

The madison is a 200-lap, two-men race where teams collect points in sprints every 20 laps. Teams can also take vital bonus laps during the race.

Axel Zeebroek 13th in triathlon
In the men's triathlon, Axel Zeebroek took 13th place. The Belgian was leading the race for quite some time, during the cycling.

“It was unbelievable that I was able to keep the lead for quite some time during the running", the Belgian said.

The favourites had waited until the finishing 10 km run to throw their cards on the table. Germany's Jan Fodreno took the gold. Another Belgian, Peter Croes, finished 27th.

In the women's sailing, Evy Van Acker took 8th place in the final standings of the laser-radial category. The East Fleming finished 10th in the final race and lost her chances to clinch a medal.

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