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Madalyn Godby finishes Keirin portion of Olympics

Monarch grad made quarterfinals but could not advance

(L-R) Kaarle Mcculloch of Team Australia, ...
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Madalyn Godby, seen here in the qualifying round of the Olympic Keirin, finished fifth overall in the quarterfinals Thursday in Tokyo.

Louisville native and Monarch High School graduate Madalyn Godby ended her Olympic Keirin (track cycling) run in the quarterfinals, where she finished fifth in the third of three heats Thursday in Tokyo. Only the top four riders in each heat advanced to the semifinals.

When her heat first began, Godby rode in the sixth position behind the pacer, who led the ladies up to 50 kph throughout the first three laps of the velodrome — a tilted, indoor track. That meant she would be riding from behind from the moment the pacer peeled off at the end of the third lap.

She battled back during the last three laps, although her positioning from the start disadvantaged her. Godby finished in fifth place, meaning she would not advance to the semifinals.

Her Olympic run, however, is not yet done.

Godby will return to the velodrome Friday for the match sprint competition, which is set to take off at 12:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time for the qualifying round. The 1/32 finals will take place not long after, as they are set to begin at 1:16 a.m.