Tokyo Olympics: Kiwi cyclist Ellesse Andrews snatches surprise silver medal in women's keirin

Following in her father's slipstream, Kiwi cyclist Ellesse Andrews has snatched a surprise Olympic silver medal in the women's keirin at Tokyo.

But moments later, the New Zealand team had even more reason to celebrate, with Campbell Stewart riding a superb tactical points race to scoop another silver in the four-event omnium.

Their exploits saw their nation equal - and then surpass - its previous best Olympic medal haul at Rio 2016. That total now stands at 19 - seven gold, six silver and six bronze.

Andrews, who finished fifth in this event at last year's world championship, advanced through early keirin rounds with aggressive frontrunning tactics and then hanging on to survive at the finish-line.

In the final, she found herself near the back of the field when the pacemaker left the track and had to ride around her five rivals to reach the front. Andrews didn't quite get there, but finished strongly to cross behind only Dutchwoman Shanne Braspennincx, who had beaten her in the quarter-finals.

Afterwards, Andrews was beside herself with joy and still shaking with the effort.

"I think, in the keirin, you have to get the absolute right balance of physical effort and mental execution," she told Sky Sport. "To get that right today and get a silver is amazing - I'm so proud of myself.

"I love my team so much. I'm so lucky to be here for the pinnacle event for cycling with them by my side."

Dad Jon Andrews - also a sprinter - attended the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and won bronze medals for the kilo and sprint at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. 

As Andrews warmed down and prepared for her medal ceremony, Stewart took to the track for the final race of the omnium - cycling's equivalent of the track and field decathlon - sitting seventh overall, after the first three events.

The 2019 world champion lapped the field early to improve to fourth, but slipped back to fifth, as defending champion Elia Viviani of Italy made his big move on the field.

As the 100 laps wound down, Stewart broke away again and caught the field again on the final lap, vaulting himself into the silver-medal position at the last gasp. Briton Matthews Walls took gold, with Viviani settling for bronze.

"There's always the top step, but there's always another time and I'll come back for that in the future," he told Sky Sport. "This just shows the team we have here."

Twenty-four hours earlier, Stewart wasn't even entered for the omnium, with teammate Aaron Gate - also a former world champion - the preferred option.

But Gate's spectacular crash in the pursuit bronze-medal ride-off saw Stewart installed as a late replacement and he didn't disappoint.

"Gatey went down yesterday, so I had to come in," said Stewart. "I had to do it for the team.

"He threw it all down for us yesterday and broke his collar bone, but he was out there with me tonight."

Stewart will return to the velodrome on Saturday, teaming with Corbin Strong for the Madison.