Elinor Barker: Team GB cyclist reveals she won Tokyo silver medal while pregnant

The two-time Olympic medallist, who won silver in the women’s team pursuit event at this summer’s Games, took to social media to share the news that was she was expecting.

By Chloe Merrell
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There was double cause to celebrate for Great Britain’s Elinor Barker at Tokyo 2020, in 2021.

Not only did the Welsh cyclist win silver in the track cycling team pursuit event in Japan with Team GB but, she has since shared, she achieved the feat while expecting her first child.

27-year-old Barker announced her pregnancy news on her Twitter account, saying she and her partner, “can’t believe how lucky we are.”

The gold medallist from Rio 2016 then later added on her Instagram:

“And for the eagle eyed among you who have done the maths… yep, I was pregnant at the Tokyo Olympics!”

To celebrate the news Barker put together a selection of images from her Tokyo preparations detailing that in some photos she was still not aware she was expecting - but in last photo, where she is standing alongside her silver medal wearing team-mates, including three-time Olympic gold medal winning Laura Kenny, she had a positive pregnancy test in her pocket.

Britain had arrived at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo hoping to defend their team pursuit title from Rio, five years earlier.

Barker, Kenny, Katie Archibald and Josie Knight, however, were comprehensively beaten to the top prize by Germany who set a new world record on their way to the gold.

Elinor Barker in action at Tokyo 2020
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