Anna Kiesenhofer has won the first Austrian medal at the Tokyo Olympics – and it’s shining gold. The 30-year-old from Lower Austria sensationally took gold in the women’s cycling road race on Sunday after surprising all the favorites with an attack at the start. For the mathematics graduate, who does not pursue the sport professionally, it is by far the greatest success of her career.
For Austrian cycling, it is the first gold medal since that of Adolf Schmal in the track 12-hour race at the first Games of the modern era in Athens in 1896. For the first time since the 2004 Games in Athens, the ÖOC cheered on gold at summer games. At that time, the tornado sailors Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher were successful last, three days earlier triathlete Kate Allen had won gold.
— source: diepresse.at/picture: screenshot – sport.orf.at
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